Hey, Pittsburgh! What’s your favorite local business? Is it where you get you morning coffee or your go-to place for the best slice in town? Is it a bar where all your friends go? Is it an especially caring dentist or that little shop where you always find the most amazing and unique gifts? Is it Downtown or right around the corner? Well, here’s your chance to share your favorite with the rest of Pittsburgh and earn a $200 gift card to spend there.
Congratulations to Deb Gross for earning the Democratic nomination for Pittsburgh City Council District 7. I also would like to thank all the Democratic committee members for participating in today’s nomination vote. I am confident that Deb will be a strong advocate for the neighborhoods in her district. Today’s victory is a positive step toward building a new Pittsburgh.
Since January, Pennsylvania’s Covered Device Recycling Act has disallowed the disposal of televisions (and some other electronic devices) with your regular garbage. All electronic devices may contain some hazardous waste. Televisions and monitors with Cathode ray tubes (CRTs) contain relatively high concentrations of lead and phosphors which make them particularly hard to recycle.
Tomorrow will see the start of The Statewide Conference on Heritage in Downtown Pittsburgh. Our city has a wealth of well-preserved building, historic bridges and a storied industrial past which makes it a perfect setting for a conference which focuses on the preservation of Pennsylvania’s heritage. It’s being held at the historic William Penn Hotel and runs from Tuesday, July 16 through Friday, July 19.
Democratic Nominee for Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is the first local official to endorse Democratic Committeewoman Deb Gross for the city council seat recently vacated by Patrick Dowd.
Sustainable communities are places which have a variety of housing and transportation options. They’re communities where people don’t need to rely on cars because they can easily walk or use public transportation to go to work, to shop, to visit a doctor or to enjoy a show or eat out. They are greener by their very nature — reducing pollution by reducing the need for cars. And their emphasis on a mixture of housing options allow residents at all income levels to enjoy the benefits of living in these communities.
What do 100,000 water balloons have to do with global poverty? When Team Tassy was looking for a way to involve the community in raising funds to help poor families in Haiti, they went with the most joyous event they could come up with because giving should be an act of joy. This will be the second annual Great American Water Balloon Fight in Pittsburgh. Last year, 700 fighters participated–this year, they’ve set a goal of 1,500.
Future Tenant, an organization which provides a laboratory setting for artists, arts managers and audiences, and Tree Pittsburgh, an environmental non-profit dedicated to protecting and enhancing our urban forest, are collaborating on a project for Arbor Aid 2013. They’ve put out a call for artists for artwork that is either made out of, or relates to, reclaimed urban wood. That wood can come from downed or removed trees, from fixtures, from flooring, from beams, etc. that have an urban source. The work will be under consideration for use in an exhibit that will be held at Future Tenant from Saturday, November 2 to Sunday, December 1, 2013. The exhibition is part of activities by Tree Pittsburgh for the 2013 Arbor Day Foundation Partners in Community Forestry National Conference and the opening night Arbor Aid event on Saturday, November 2nd.
Do you have the skills and the passion to use technology to make cities work better? Are you a developer, designer, researcher, data enthusiast, urban planner, or entrepreneur or wants to give back? Do you think being called a “web geek” is a badge of honor? If you answered yes, Code for America is looking for you to be part of their 2014 fellowship program.
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.