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.
While our city has been rightly celebrated in numerous articles and “best of” lists, Mayor Peduto — and others — have lamented that there are “two Pittsburghs.” While Pittsburgh my be “most livable” for some, there is disparity with people being left behind in this new economy. Grant Oliphant, president of the Heinz Endowments, has been blogging his ideas about what a “Just Pittsburgh” would look like…
Did you know that Homewood was voted “Favorite Neighborhood on the Course” by runners in the 2015 Pittsburgh Marathon? It was number one because of the great community support on race day including their water station. For this year, Homewood will build up to the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon by holding a series of community focused events. These three events are a creative collaboration by six organizations in Pittsburgh including: Operation Better Block, GTECH Strategies, Repair the World, Whistle, Homegrown (a program of Phipps Conservatory) and Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon. You’re cordially invited to participate in any or all of them to help Homewood bring home the gold again!
The Women and Girls Foundation’s Equal Pay Rally is tomorrow, April 12 at Noon in Market Square. When the Women and Girls Foundation first began its efforts to raise awareness of the wage gap and work to remedy this issue in Southwestern PA, women were making less than 70 cents for every dollar a man was making in this region. Since then, WGF has worked with city and county leaders throughout the region to pass wage equity legislation and to support the issue of fair pay for women. Today women are making 75 cents to a man’s dollar. So, there is much more work to do!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
“Fences” is the sixth play in August Wilson’s ten-part “Pittsburgh Cycle” and won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The cycle explores the African-American experience in the 20th century, including race relations. “Fences” takes place in the 1950’s in Pittsburgh’s Hill District and explores the interpersonal relationships of the Maxson family. It is now being made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington as Troy Maxson and Viola Davis as Rose — repeating their roles from the 2010 Broadway production. Denzel Washington will also be producing and directing the film.