We wrote last month about the Good Neighbor Campaign. It was created to facilitate better relations between off-campus student residents and long-term residents in the Oakland neighborhood. The University of Pittsburgh and various neighborhood groups are participating in this effort. The campaign includes educating student residents on how to be better neighbors and to encourage responsible partying. It also includes promoting conversation between non-student and student residents (approximately 65 percent of Oakland’s residents are enrolled in college or graduate school).
Next year will see the start of Pittsburgh’s first bike-share program with 500 bikes available at 50 stations. This will mean even more people of varying abilities will be sharing the road with automotive drivers. CyclingSavvy is a workshop created to make confident and competent cyclists to establish Pittsburgh as a safe and bike-friendly city. The program works to change the belief patterns and behaviors of cyclists by using innovative and modern teaching techniques.
Pittsburgh Westinghouse is one of 10 high schools in the Pittsburgh Public School district. Located in Homewood and established in 1917, it has an especially rich musical heritage. It’s alumni includes Billy Strayhorn (jazz composer, known for “Lush Life” and “Take the “A” Train”), Erroll Garner (jazz pianist and composer), Ahmad Jamal (jazz pianist), and Frank Cunimondo (jazz pianist). But right now, budget cuts have hit their music program hard–they have lost their instrumental program and their chorus teacher and one teacher is handling it all.
America’s public schools have always been one of our best democratizing institutions and yet they are increasingly under attack from all sides. It’s not only the reoccurring budget cuts, it’s also the efforts towards privatization, and the pressure to teach to the test (or face punitive measures).
If you’ve spent any time on this web site, you probably have a good idea of where Democratic mayoral candidate and Pittsburgh City Councilor Bill Peduto stands on urban policy issues and government reform, but how much do you know about the man himself? If you follow Bill on Twitter or like his Facebook page, you already know he’s a huge hockey fan and he does his own tweets, but what else lies behind the wonk?
Traveling over many Pennsylvania bridges, one becomes acutely aware that we have some serious infrastructure problems in this state. In fact, with 4,000+, PA comes in number one in having the most structurally deficient state-owned bridges in the nation. Worst of all, this problem is only going to get worse.
On November 13th the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh will hold its 22nd annual Racial Justice Awards. The awards honor those individuals, organizations and companies who have a shown a long-term commitment to ending racism. Those who have demonstrated their promotion of equality, diversity, and inclusion and who work to end discrimination are eligible for an award.
How much do you know about Pittsburgh city government–and how much would you like to know? The Mayor’s Civic Leadership Academy addresses numerous topics including city organization, budgeting, city planning, redevelopment, public works and Citiparks services, protection of our rivers, public safety, and more! The Academy is a free ten-week course for adults (18 or older) who either are city residents or who own and operate a business within the city limits. People who are already actively involved in a neighborhood block watch, community group or business association are highly encouraged to apply.
Part of being a good neighbor means doing things like keeping your property clean and orderly, minimizing your noise outdoors, and leaving the trash out on the right day. But students living in an apartment or house for the first time often don’t know even the basics of being a responsible neighbor: What day is garbage pick-up? What’s recyclable in the City of Pittsburgh and when? Who do you call for information or help from the City? What rights do renters have?
East Liberty has made great strides since a well-intentioned–but ultimately destructive–urban renewal program in the 1960s disrupted the urban grid and created the opposite of the desired effect to attract more people to businesses in the district. The first community plan, A Vision for East Liberty, was produced in 1999 to try to repair the damage done. Its success has led to the 2010 East Liberty Community Plan and the 2012 East Liberty Circulation & Mobility Vision.