Give Your Input on the Community Benefits of Vacant Lot Maintenance

You see them in pretty much every neighborhood. Weed-filled or strewn with garbage. A waste of space and energy. We'd all like to see vacant lots properly maintained. GTECH is currently partnering with UrbanKind Institute (Dr. Jamil Bey), Fourth Economy Consulting, Pitt’s University Center on Social Urban Research (UCSUR), A. Phillip Randolph Institute, City Source Associaties, KRJ Contracting, Landforce, the Hilltop Men’s Group, and YouthPlaces to help redesign and relaunch the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) vacant land maintenance process.

Register Now for Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History Summer Camps

Pittsburgh is blessed with a wealth of world-class museums. This summer, your child can take full advantage of the renowned permanent exhibitions like the Scaife Galleries and "Dinosaurs in Their Time" at the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. The Carnegie Museums are offering a wide array of week-long half- and full-day camps for kids from preschool through high school from June 13 to August 26.

You Can Arm Pittsburgh Police with Teddy Bears to Help Kids in Crisis

Imagine being a child and it's the worst day of your life. You've been in a car accident, or your house was on fire, perhaps you witnessed a parent being arrested, or you watched a violent domestic dispute unfold before your eyes and you're now separated from your parents. If you're a child who has been caught up in these kinds of traumatic events, you will likely end up in the back of a police car or other emergency response vehicle. While it could of course never completely make up for the pain you're feeling, finding a teddy bear to hug and hold in the police cruiser could certainly help give some very real comfort. That is the impetus behind a teddy bear drive being spearheaded by City Councilman Dan Gilman in cooperation with the Pittsburgh Police.

Help Plant 200 Trees for Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial

Trees provide a myriad of benefits to our environment, including combating climate change, cleaning our air, preventing soil erosion, and reducing storm run-off and the possibility of flooding. Tree Pittsburgh is an environmental non-profit dedicated to protecting and enhancing our urban forest through community tree planting and care, education, and advocacy.

Open House at The Clemente Museum April 1 & 2

The Clemente Museum will hold an Open House on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2. The museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of “The Great One.” Roberto Clemente’s sports achievements (in his 18-year career, he received every possible award given in Major League Baseball), his personal life, and his humanitarian efforts are celebrated in the world’s largest exhibited collection of Clemente photographs and artifacts.

By | March 31st, 2016|Arts and Culture, Bill Peduto|4 Comments

Missed the 1st One? Uptown/West Oakland EcoInnovation District Open House #2!

If you missed the highly successful first one, here's your chance to attend the Uptown/West Oakland EcoInnovation District Public Open House #2. What's an EcoInnovation District? It's an area “dedicated to sustainability, innovative development practices and inclusive job growth.” The Uptown/West Oakland EcoInnovation District will be designed to combine the goals of both an EcoDistrict (a resilient and sustainable bottom-up development area) and an Innovation District (an area where leading-edge anchor institutions/companies cluster in close proximity to transit-accessible, mixed-use housing, office, and retail for maximum job growth and economic opportunity).

Pittsburgh Needs You to Become a Citiparks Lifeguard this Summer!

Each year, Pittsburgh needs lifeguards for our pools! The Citiparks Aquatics Division is actively recruiting now for lifeguards for the 2016 summer season. If you are a certified lifeguard or are interested in obtaining certification, the Citiparks Aquatic Division needs you. Lifeguards must be City of Pittsburgh residents and at least 16 years of age by June 4, 2016. The starting pay rate is $8.91 an hour. If you are interested in working as a lifeguard for Citiparks, please contact the Aquatic Division Office at 412-323-7928.

By | March 17th, 2016|Bill Peduto, Education and Youth, Public Safety|8 Comments

City to Host Bicentennial Incorporation Day Celebration Friday

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 14, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh and the Bicentennial Commission will host an Incorporation Day bicentennial celebration event on Friday, March 18 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the City-County Building. Lead by Mayor William Peduto and Commission Chairman Andy Masich, the celebration will begin at 10 a.m. with the unveiling of the original Incorporation Charter on loan from the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission in Harrisburg, Pa. Guest speakers will include Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh CEO Esther Bush and Riverlife CEO Vivien Li along with recognition of several elected officials in attendance. The 10 a.m. presentation will also feature musical performances from the CAPA Jazz Vocal Ensemble and the Pittsburgh 200 Celebration Choir, directed by Rev. Deryck Tines, a birthday cake compliments of Eat’n Park, bottled water provided by PWSA and a Bicentennial singing of “Happy Birthday.”

By | March 14th, 2016|Arts and Culture, Bill Peduto, Press Release|24 Comments

Affordable Housing Community Forums: Tonight & Throughout March

According to the 2015 Pennsylvania profile by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, there are only 25 to 40 affordable and available rental units per 100 extremely low-income households in Allegheny County. The City's Affordable Housing Task Force first convened last year to help address this problem. It's comprised of 24 members, which includes city and state government officials, state and federal elected officials, and representatives of neighborhood groups, organized labor, private business and nonprofits. The task force is charged with 'developing a “suite of affordable housing policies” to help prevent people from being priced out of Pittsburgh neighborhoods undergoing rapid development.'

By | March 7th, 2016|Bill Peduto, Social Justice|10 Comments