On Wednesday, March 9, the Clean Rivers Campaign, Phipps Conservatory and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will hold a public presentation, “Beyond Tunnel Vision: Good Jobs & Green Communities – Lessons from Kansas City.” In 2010, Kansas City became the first city in the nation to enter into a federal consent decree incorporating green infrastructure solutions to reduce combined sewer overflows. The presentation will focus on Kansas City’s green-first, green-preferred approach and the potential these concepts have in Pittsburgh.
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.’
On Tuesday, March 8th, there will be a community workshop so that residents can view proposed designs for the new neighborhood park and open space network that will serve the Larimer and East Liberty communities. The space will start with a 3-acre neighborhood park at Larimer Avenue and Station Street.
Every nine seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Furthermore, one in three women and one in four men have been victims of (some form of) physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. The Dignity & Respect Council of Greater Pittsburgh is hosting an event to raise awareness of this domestic violence. On Saturday, March 5, they will host their third annual Ceramic Tile Quilt Event.
Soup N’at supports artists in the community one bowl of soup at a time. On Sunday, February 28th, you’re invited to join Union Project and New Sun Rising as they celebrate and support local artists, all while eating delicious bowls of soup prepared by local restaurants. Come out and break bread, enjoy entertainment, and vote for your favorite project to win seed funding from Soup N’at!
Failure:Labs have been conducted across the country. At them, you’ll find storytellers and entertainers recounting their most memorable brush with failure. During and between the performances at the Pittsburgh event Friday evening at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, audience members are encouraged to participate by sharing their own thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #FLPGH.
An EcoInnovation District is an area “dedicated to sustainability, innovative development practices and inclusive job growth.” The Uptown/West Oakland EcoInnovation District will 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).
Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 24th, the Port Authority of Allegheny County will hold their first public hearing at the William Penn Ballroom on establishing a flat fare to replace the current zone system. There will be a second public hearing from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on March 8 at the Connolly Ballroom inside Alumni Hall in Oakland.
For over 50 years, GlobalPittsburgh has conducted programs that connect Pittsburgh with the world. Their membership activities and hosting programs help universities and English Language programs attract international students. Additionally, they are the U.S. State Department’s designated regional service provider for the International Visitor Leadership Program and other government-sponsored international exchange programs.
“If sustainability is the ability to endure, then resiliency is the ability to strengthen and adapt. How does a city like Pittsburgh move beyond planning for sustainability and towards planning for true resiliency?” That is the question that will be addressed at the “Pittsburgh as a Resilient City” Green Building Alliance (GBA) Breakfast Briefing on Tuesday, February 23rd.