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On Saturday, November 2nd, the Save Race Street Committee will hold their 5th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting at the Homewood Carnegie Library. That represents five years of making their street cleaner, safer and more beautiful. A recent accomplishment of the Committee was the completion in late September of their Love Your Block project where they transformed an ugly vacant lot at 7110 Race Street into a landscaped garden.

An article in the Tribune-Review about last year’s anniversary noted the remarkable improvements accomplished by the Committee since its inception:

They decided to clean and beautify Race Street and formed a committee to do it.

Since then, trees and raised flower beds replaced weed-infested vacant lots and broken glass. Crime on the street has decreased 40 percent over the past five years as a result of special police details, block watches and captains, according to Pittsburgh police.

Now, “this is a family-oriented street. There are lots of older people who live here. We take pride in what has happened,” [Reverend Terry] Fluker said.

The Committee will vote on a set of proposed By-Laws to use in forming the Race Street Association, a non-profit corporation to replace the Committee and continue its work (Race Street residents should have received those proposed By-Laws in the mail). Additionally, residents can view the proposed By-Laws online at their Nextdoor website and start sharing their thoughts on them now (log in at Nextdoor, click on “Documents” on the left, then click on “Race Street Association – Proposed ByLaws.”)

Save Race Street Committee 5th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting
When: Saturday, November 2, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Homewood Carnegie Library, 7101 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15208
RSVP: You might still be able to RSVP by emailing Elwin Green at elwin@homewoodnation.com

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