Row of Houses, Oakland, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Matt Nemeth’s photostream

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).

As part of the plan to bring these neighbors together, there will be three block parties this month covering South, North and Central Oakland. Here are the details on the block parties from John M. Wilds, PhD, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Community Relations, University of Pittsburgh:

South Oakland (Oakcliffe)
When: Wednesday, September 11, 2013, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Community Human Services, Community Center, 374 Lawn Street (in partnership with Community Human Services Corporation and Oakcliffe Housing Club)

North Oakland
When: Thursday, September 19, 2013, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: 234 N Dithridge Street between Bayard and Centre (in partnership with Bellefield Area Citizens Association)

Central Oakland
When: Thursday, September 26, 2013, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Oakland Square park on Dawson Street at Oakland Square (in partnership with Central Oakland Community Organization)

If you are an Oakland resident, come out and meet your neighbors!


Dark House, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from thisisjohndevon’s photostream