On Thursday, October 6th, you’re invited to attend a presentation by Homewood Children’s Village, Carnegie Mellon University, and UDream on Homewood Revitalization. The goal of this community restoration is to re-establish a thriving business district in Homewood.
Back in August, the Pittsburgh Police and Chief of Police Cameron McLay started holding a series of town hall meetings in each of the city’s six police zones. At these events, attendees have the opportunity to meet their Public Safety Zone Council Leadership and have the chance to ask their most pressing questions in a Q&A session.
Uptown and West Oakland have long suffered from a history of disinvestment, despite the fact that this area is strategically located between two of the three largest “city centers” in Pennsylvania — Downtown and Oakland. But, the tide is turning with new investments in housing and start-up businesses being made in and around Uptown. The Uptown/West Oakland EcoInnovation District combines 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).
According to the National Science Foundation, “In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, all students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.” In keeping with this spirit, on Friday, October 7th, Google will host the Pittsburgh Geek Street Fair — an interactive event to inspire kids to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and computer science careers.
Last year’s first-ever Blight Bootcamp saw over 120 residents and organizations come together from across the City and County to learn ways that they can improve their neighborhoods by remediating blight. Blighted properties cost everyone. The surrounding homes lose their property value, the city loses its tax revenues, and these properties eat up city services through needed code enforcement and maintenance, such as boarding up buildings or demolishing them.
Have you ever walked by one of Pittsburgh’s iconic buildings and wondered what’s behind those closed doors? This weekend, you’ll have a chance to take a peak inside 39 of them — including the Office of the Mayor in the City-County Building — via Doors Open Pittsburgh. The concept of “Doors Open Days,” or simply “open days,” originated in Europe 25 years ago and has spread around the world.
It’s been said that while you can’t avoid adversity, you can decide how you will choose to react to it. It is the rare few, however, who take the most heartbreaking of circumstances and not only meet the challenge, but soar above it. The Williams Family has chosen to react to a dire personal situation by challenging us all to be our best selves.
City of Pittsburgh partnering with The Sprout Fund to bring technology-enhanced learning to city youth
PITTSBURGH, PA (September 12, 2016) – Today Mayor William Peduto announced that five of Pittsburgh’s city-owned recreation centers will be transformed into technology-enhanced learning centers during the week of September 12-16 to demonstrate how free after-school programs can help youth in city neighborhoods get a leg up in STEM learning as part of a new initiative called Rec2Tech Pittsburgh.
Called “the crossroads of the world” by Harlem Renaissance poet Claude McKay, Pittsburgh’s Hill District has a rich legacy as the cultural center of African-American life in our city, and the New Grenada Theater is an icon in that neighborhood. It’s famous second floor New Savoy Ballroom hosted the likes of Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. The Art-Deco building was built in 1928 under one of America’s early African American architects, Louis Bellinger. It will be the centerpiece of a redevelopment effort — New Granada Square — designed to help spur the revitalization of Centre Avenue surrounding the Theater and remaining business district.
The Mayor’s LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council members will be tasked with acting as a conduit to meet the needs of Pittsburgh’s LGBTQIA+ constituents. The Council will be made up of a diverse group of community members who either currently reside, work, or own a business in the City of Pittsburgh. The goal of the Council will be to increase inclusivity and progress within the LGBTQIA+ community.