There are more than 50,000 vacant houses in Allegheny County according to the most recently available data from the 2010 census. Too many of these houses have succumbed to blight. According to Department of Permits, Licenses & Inspections Director Maura Kennedy in a WESA article, “Blight can spread like a weed.” “But the opposite is also true,” she said. “Once you start holding people accountable and forcing change it’s really exciting to see the spread of dumpsters and people painting their porches and reinvesting in their community.”
PITTSBURGH, PA (September 24, 2015) – Over a meal of mini twin cheeseburgers, whole fruit juice cup, fresh baby carrots and fat free chocolate milk, Mayor William Peduto broke bread with a group of students today at Ammon Recreation Center to launch the city’s free afterschool meals program.
PITTSBURGH, PA (Sept. 23, 2015) – Mayor William Peduto and Chief of Staff Kevin Acklin will be honored guests today at the White House Arrival Ceremony honoring His Holiness Pope Francis.
PITTSBURGH, PA (September 17, 2015) – Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh are hosting two Deliberative Forums on the My Brother’s Keeper Local Action Plan to provide a more robust way for community members to give feedback on the recommendations listed in the plan.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced earlier this month that they will hold fourteen listening sessions on the federal Clean Power Plan to give Pennsylvanians the chance to comment on the plan to cut carbon pollution. The idea is to prepare a plan customized for PA that will still be in compliance with the federal plan. Pittsburgh is set to host a hearing next week at CMU on Tuesday, September 21st at 6:00 p.m.
PITTSBURGH, PA (September 14, 2015) Mayor William Peduto, in partnership with Green Building Alliance, the Pittsburgh 2030 District, Envision Downtown and others, today announced the “Make My Trip Count” survey, a first-of-its-kind effort to learn how commuters in the Pittsburgh region travel to work and to school. The two-part survey takes three to 10 minutes and is available online at makemytripcount.org through October 16, 2015. Information gathered from the respondents will create a valuable set of information about local commuters, enabling local decision-makers to have more complete data when making important strategic decisions regarding transportation, infrastructure and development.
Each year, Citiparks celebrates the joy of reading with “Alphabet Trail and Tales.” This is an annual event and is free for the whole family. “Alphabet Trail and Tales” focuses on early and elementary literacy. Children follow the Alphabet Trail from A to Z where the best in children’s books is presented. This year, the books being read are Caps for Sale, Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move, Number One Sam, Tops and Bottoms and Mr. Tiger Goes Wild.
On Friday, September 11th, Manchester residents will have the opportunity to join their neighbors and local police officers for coffee and conversation. There will be no agenda and no speeches for this event–just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in the neighborhood.
PITTSBURGH, PA (September 8, 2015) – The City of Pittsburgh today launched the “Pittsburgh Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation,” a strategic plan that will support equitable access to technology, City resources, and information.
Championed by Mayor William Peduto’s Department of Innovation & Performance and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, the Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation is a strategic plan aimed to improve the quality of life for all residents. The Roadmap encompasses more than 100 projects and initiatives the City of Pittsburgh will undertake in the coming months and years.
PITTSBURGH, PA (Sept. 4, 2015) Mayor William Peduto issued the following statement today upon the announcement by Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane that she will step down at the end of the 2015-2016 school year:
“The City of Pittsburgh has enjoyed a strong partner in Linda Lane in her many years of leadership with the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Dr. Lane’s accomplishments — from being the first African-American woman named full-time superintendent, to her stewardship of the Pittsburgh Promise, to improvements in PPS graduation rates — are great, and she has served Pittsburgh’s young people with heart, wisdom and conviction.