While Pittsburgh has been rightly celebrated as America’s “Most Livable City,” the renewal has not been citywide — many neighborhoods have not shared in the growth and progress. The Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development (PPND) mission is to serve as a new catalyst for raising the opportunity level for all of the city’s communities and their residents. One of the ways they do this is through their Catalytic Projects Grant Program.
Can you host a young person (age 14 – 21) as an intern this summer? As part of the City of Pittsburgh’s Summer Youth Employment Program, the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center (ENEC) and the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation (BGC) are looking for quality work sites at businesses and organizations that can host an intern for a six-week program starting July 1st.
The Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) is a coalition of nonprofit community groups and their partners dedicated to revitalizing urban neighborhoods. Part of their mission is prioritizing investment in transit infrastructure and bringing the community into transportation planning. GoBurgh is their initiative to bring the community voice into the planning process. Their primary goal is to make transit-oriented development a priority in our region and to develop innovative sources for funding it.
Love Your Block grants are a joint program of the City of Pittsburgh and The Home Depot Foundation to revitalize our city. To date, Love Your Block grants have helped beautify approximately 150 blocks in the City of Pittsburgh. The program invites nonprofit organizations to propose block improvement projects in their neighborhoods. Up to 30 local nonprofit groups will each win $1,000 Home Depot gift cards to achieve their goal. Each project must also demonstrate the ability to mobilize a minimum of 20 neighborhood volunteers to participate. Additionally, city agencies will provide services such as graffiti removal, supplying litter cleanup supplies, pruning city-owned trees, etc., as is feasible.
June is the month when Pittsburghers know they can finally stop worrying about frost in their gardens, safely put away the heavy jackets, and attend all the festivals which blossom in our city. This Sunday, June 9th, is the Pittsburgh Feast of St. Anthony Festival. It’s a traditional Italian festival celebrating St. Anthony, the beloved patron saint of lost objects.
Times have not been easy for those who rely on public transportation. Cuts to routes and fare increases have a direct and immediate effect on their quality of life and their pocketbook. But, the effect is far more reaching than that. Reliable, affordable and safe mass transit is crucial to the health and growth of any city. It is a top consideration among those who are are deciding to move or stay in a region. It lessons traffic congestion, provides environmental benefits and is vital to the economic growth of metropolitan areas.
SPC will be developing their draft 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) over the next 12 months and they want your input. This is your chance to comment on your ideas, problems, issues and opportunities about our transportation system early in the process of the design of this TIP. Once gathered, your comments will be distributed to a wide network of city and county planning partners, PennDOT representatives and others.
Democratic Mayoral nominee Bill Peduto will testify today before the Pennsylvania Senate and House committees on Urban Affairs. The joint public hearing on the Future of Pennsylvania Cities Large and Small will take place in the Gold Room of the Allegheny County Courthouse, 436 Grant Street, beginning at 10 a.m.
Last night, we made history, and today, we are a step closer to a New Pittsburgh. Our New Coalition was built from the ground up. It encompasses ordinary Pittsburghers from North, South, East and West. Pittsburghers from labor to environmentalists, from women’s groups to youth, from the LGBT community to a broad base of elected officials. We built our support from every race, gender and corner of this city. And, we could not have done this without you.
In 1907 some of the world’s preeminent social scientists embarked on what would become the most comprehensive and impactful study of urban life in the history of our country. The Russell Sage Foundation of New York City funded the Pittsburgh Survey of 1907. The Foundation was a philanthropic fund designed to identify the challenges of urban life and reform city government in a progressive direction to address these challenges head on. The voluminous results of the Pittsburgh Survey were compiled in four books and became a blueprint for the ills of early 20th century urban life and how to solve them. The Survey exposed rampant government corruption, deplorable working conditions in the early factories and mills, poor living conditions for most working-class families, inadequate water and sanitation, and deep divisions among ethnic communities that led to mistrust and exclusion. The conditions exposed by the Survey played a major role in the political activism that led to the hard-won reforms of the Progressive Era and the enactment of labor laws, government reforms, and our social safety nets.