According to the Oakland Transportation Management Association (OTMA), over 100,000 pedestrians and 75,000 vehicles travel through Oakland each and every day. OTMA’s mission is to create a better and safer transportation environment for those who visit, work, and live in the Oakland area by decreasing the amount of people using single occupancy vehicles, supporting the use of public transit, and encouraging walking and cycling.
Even though mental illness touches so many lives–every year, 1 in 4 American adults endure the trials of a mental health condition–there still remains a stigma attached to it. “Writing Away the Stigma: With True Stories Well Told” is a five-part creative nonfiction writing workshop for those who have experienced mental health issues themselves or through their relationship with a family member or friend. It’s the creation of Creative Nonfiction and Staunton Farm Foundations and is open to residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
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.
Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research is a bipartisan research team which conducted a nationwide poll of voters last month on early childhood education (pre-kindergarten). They found that an overwhelming 86% of American voters ranked it as an important national priority — second only to increasing jobs and economic growth. Even more important as concerns setting public policy, 70% were in support of a having the federal government do more to achieve better early learning.
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.