Uptown and West Oakland have long suffered from a history of disinvestment, despite the fact that this area is strategically located between two of the three largest “city centers” in Pennsylvania — Downtown and Oakland. But, the tide is turning with new investments in housing and start-up businesses being made in and around Uptown. The Uptown/West Oakland EcoInnovation District combines 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).
Last year's first-ever Blight Bootcamp saw over 120 residents and organizations come together from across the City and County to learn ways that they can improve their neighborhoods by remediating blight. Blighted properties cost everyone. The surrounding homes lose their property value, the city loses its tax revenues, and these properties eat up city services through needed code enforcement and maintenance, such as boarding up buildings or demolishing them.
It's been said that while you can't avoid adversity, you can decide how you will choose to react to it. It is the rare few, however, who take the most heartbreaking of circumstances and not only meet the challenge, but soar above it. The Williams Family has chosen to react to a dire personal situation by challenging us all to be our best selves.
Called "the crossroads of the world" by Harlem Renaissance poet Claude McKay, Pittsburgh's Hill District has a rich legacy as the cultural center of African-American life in our city, and the New Grenada Theater is an icon in that neighborhood. It's famous second floor New Savoy Ballroom hosted the likes of Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. The Art-Deco building was built in 1928 under one of America’s early African American architects, Louis Bellinger. It will be the centerpiece of a redevelopment effort -- New Granada Square -- designed to help spur the revitalization of Centre Avenue surrounding the Theater and remaining business district.
The Mayor's LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council members will be tasked with acting as a conduit to meet the needs of Pittsburgh's LGBTQIA+ constituents. The Council will be made up of a diverse group of community members who either currently reside, work, or own a business in the City of Pittsburgh. The goal of the Council will be to increase inclusivity and progress within the LGBTQIA+ community.
One Northside is hosting their fourth annual block party today, August 28th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Buhl Community Park. The block party highlights Allegheny City Central -- a vibrant and historic neighborhood in the city's North Side. Also known as Central Northside, it's the home of numerous attractions, including the Mexican War Streets, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Science Center Buhl Planetarium, Mattress Factory, New Hazlett Theater, Randyland, National Aviary, and many more!
Starting this week, you will have the opportunity to join the Pittsburgh Police and Chief of Police Cameron McLay at a series of town hall meetings in each of the city's six police zones. At these events, you can meet your Public Safety Zone Council Leadership and have the chance to ask your most pressing questions in a Q&A session.
Urban Innovation21 (UI21) has announced their 2016 Inclusive Innovation Community-based Business Grant Competition. Urban Innovation21 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the growth of entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh. This public-private partnership promotes connections between underserved communities and our city's Innovation Economy in order to help ensure that all communities benefit from Pittsburgh's economic transformation. This will be the fourth year for the competition.
Larimer is a Pittsburgh neighborhood that is bordered by East Liberty, Highland Park, Lincoln-Lemington, Homewood, Point Breeze, and Shadyside. The Larimer Consensus Group (LCG) is comprised of residents and stakeholders whose mission is "to empower the Larimer neighborhood to move into sustainable community and economic development via strong communication networks, partnerships, and an open participatory process." On Friday, August 19th, the Larimer Consensus Group and Neighborhood Allies will hold a celebration of LCG's new home at the Environment and Energy Community Outreach (EECO) Center. There will be a brief agenda to showcase the community, and drinks and appetizers will be served. To attend, please RSVP by Monday, August 15th here.