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Speaking Out for Clean Water in Pennsylvania

On Thursday the State Senate will vote to approve the final passage of two regulations that will help protect Pennsylvania's waterways from the consequences of Marcellus Shale drilling and pollution created by development.  The first regulation, the Wastewater Treatment Requirements, would require drillers to reduced the number of total dissolved solids in drilling wastewater to drinking water quality levels before it can be released back into streams and rivers.  The second resolution, Erosion and Sediment Control, would require companies to maintain a 150 feet vegetation buffer between any development and Pennsylvania's best streams and rivers. Polluters across the state are [...]

Investing in Sustainable Development in Pennsylvania

A new report by the Keystone Research Center shows that Pennsylvania has begun to invest in sustainable development across the state.  Between 2003 and 2008, Pennsylvania's three major economic development assistant programs invested more aid per capita into older cities and towns than into "outer townships."  KRC also released data on how the state's major metropolitan areas distributed the business subsidies they received, and ranked that data in order from the most investment into older communities to the least.  Of the 9 areas examined, Pittsburgh was tied with Lancaster for 6th, behind Erie, Reading, Harrisburgh, Philadelphia and Scranton - Wilkes [...]

By | June 12th, 2010|Bill Peduto, Economic Development, Environment and Sustainability, Neighborhoods and Community|Comments Off on Investing in Sustainable Development in Pennsylvania

A Memorial Day Lesson – The Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers

There is a meticulous ritual the guard follows when watching over the graves: The soldier walks 21 steps across the Tomb. This alludes to the 21-gun salute, which is the highest honor given to any military or foreign dignitary in America. His weapon is always on the shoulder opposite the Tomb (i.e., on the side of the gallery watching the ritual). On the 21st step, the soldier turns and faces the Tomb for 21 seconds. The soldier then turns to face the other way across the Tomb and changes his weapon to the outside shoulder. After 21 seconds, the first step [...]

By | May 30th, 2010|Bill Peduto|2 Comments

The Future of the City

The magazine The Atlantic is currently running a special series on the Future of the City.  This report looks at ongoing policies and projects in cities around the country and examines how they are working to build better cities.  These interesting articles provide a great source of information for those who want to learn more about how we can improve our cities in the future.One article, "Here Comes the Neighborhood," focuses on the current trend towards a desire for urban, walkable living, versus a suburban lifestyle, and how improved public transportation can play an integral role in encouraging this shift.  [...]

By | May 24th, 2010|Bill Peduto, Economic Development, Environment and Sustainability, Neighborhoods and Community, Transportation|Comments Off on The Future of the City

Funding Our Libraries

Last week, Councilman Bill Peduto sent a letter to the Library Board of Trustees containing a timeline of the events since last October surrounding the announced closing of several branches, and the commitment that the City of Pittsburgh made to provide $1.24 million in funding between 2009 and 2010. Read the Letter Here A $1 million allocation to the Carnegie Library was included as a line item appropriation in the City's 2010 budget.  Mayor Ravenstahl says that this funding was contingent on the passage of the Student Tuition Tax, however it was never removed from the final budget, which has [...]

By | May 20th, 2010|Bill Peduto, Government Reform and Innovation|Comments Off on Funding Our Libraries

What’s Next for the Igloo?

Next Monday, May 17, CityLIVE will host "What's Next for the Igloo?," a panel and public discussion about the fate of the Civic Arena. Should the arena be saved, and who should make the decision about it's future?  Panel experts include Kimberly Ellis, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Historic Hill Institute; Christine Madrid French, Director of the Modernism + Recent Past Initiative with the National Trust for Historic Preservation; Larry Glasco, an expert in the history of Black Pittsburgh and Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh and Rob Pfaffmann, AIA, AICP, architect  and planner. What's Next for the Igloo Monday, [...]

By | May 13th, 2010|Bill Peduto, Economic Development, Neighborhoods and Community|Comments Off on What’s Next for the Igloo?

The Return of Streetcars

Recently, several cities around the country have begun to look at the possibility of creating streetcar transportation systems. According to an article on Inhabitat, 22 US cities are considering instituting streetcar systems. Streetcars have appeal to several cities not only as a convenient, more environmentally friendly method of transportation, but also as a tool to spark economic development. The Inhabitat article states that in Portland, Oregon, which was the first city to build a streetcar system, "53 percent of the area’s downtown development has occurred along the streetcar line" since 1997.  In 2007 USA Today also looked at the reemergence [...]

What Does the Future Hold for the Civic Arena?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2pT4NNP8_s Some have said the only future for the Civic Arena is to demolish it, but are there other options? Many believe that the Civic Arena could be preserved as an iconic piece of the City of Pittsburgh skyline.  A recent CNN story documents how the City of Austin preserved the historic Palmer Auditorium.  Instead of demolishing the building, the City instead chose to "remodel" and transform it into a state of the art new structure,reusing as many pieces as possible.  In the end, 45 million pounds of debris were recycled and reused in the new building. Watch the CNN [...]

Web Programs Help Cities Connect with Citizens

A recent Next American City article highlights the trend of cities around the country that have begun to utilize free online web applications in order to more easily connect with their residents. Social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter are becoming increasingly popular methods of communication between local government and the community.  In addition to an official website, many cities are creating blogs through free websites such as Wordpress and Blogger, and City Council and committee meetings are increasingly appearing online through websites like YouTube.  The increase in access to the activities of city government creates a positive trend [...]

By | April 21st, 2010|Bill Peduto, Government Reform and Innovation, Technology and Design|Comments Off on Web Programs Help Cities Connect with Citizens

10 Years After – The Lessons of Fifth/Forbes

This Thursday, April 15, the Guyasuta Fellowship Program will be holding a panel discussion for the 10 year anniversary of the Fifth/Forbes development program. Panel speakers will include Rob Stephany (Executive Director of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh), Bernie Lynch and Pat Clark (Fifth/Forbes Community activists) and Chris Potter (Editor of the Pittsburgh City Paper). 10 Years After - The Lessons of Fifth/Forbes Piatt Place, 301 Fifth Avenue, Room 3023 6:30pm - 8:30pm Please RSVP by calling (412) 361-1111 This community discussion is free and open to the public.  For more information, read the press release. The Post Gazette's [...]

By | April 13th, 2010|Bill Peduto, Environment and Sustainability, Transportation|Comments Off on 10 Years After – The Lessons of Fifth/Forbes