Keeping Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh

Attend Chief McLay’s Zone 1 Town Hall Meeting This Thursday

Back in August, the Pittsburgh Police and Chief of Police Cameron McLay started holding a series of town hall meetings in each of the city’s six police zones. At these events, attendees have the opportunity to meet their Public Safety Zone Council Leadership and have the chance to ask their most pressing questions in a Q&A session.

Uptoberfest Block Party: Share Your Thoughts on the Future of Uptown/West Oakland

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).

Find Out How to Fight Blight In Your Community at Blight Bootcamp 2016

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.

Explore 39 Iconic Buildings this Weekend with Doors Open Pittsburgh

Have you ever walked by one of Pittsburgh's iconic buildings and wondered what's behind those closed doors? This weekend, you'll have a chance to take a peak inside 39 of them -- including the Office of the Mayor in the City-County Building -- via Doors Open Pittsburgh. The concept of "Doors Open Days," or simply "open days," originated in Europe 25 years ago and has spread around the world.

By | September 28th, 2016|Arts and Culture, Bill Peduto, Technology and Design|165 Comments

Ridin’ With Dee’z Wheelz Bicycle Festival for Special Olympics

Biking, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from allenran 917's photostream On Sunday, October 2nd, you're invited to bring your bike out to the Highland Park Bike Track and enjoy an afternoon benefiting the athletes [...]

By | September 24th, 2016|Arts and Culture, Bill Peduto, Education and Youth|6 Comments

Take the “Brooklyn’s Healing Heart Challenge”

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.

By | September 21st, 2016|Bill Peduto, Neighborhoods and Community|4 Comments

Wanted: Developers to Partner with the Community in the Rebirth of the Historic Hill District

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.

Become a Member of The Mayor’s LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council of Pittsburgh

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.

Reminder: City To Host Memorial Ceremony For Former Mayor Bob O’Connor

PITTSBURGH, PA (August 31, 2016) - Mayor William Peduto and the O'Connor family will hold a Tribute to Mayor Bob O'Connor ceremony outside the City-County Building on Thursday, September 1, 2016 from Noon-1:00 p.m.

By | August 31st, 2016|Arts and Culture, Bill Peduto, Press Release|18 Comments

Come Out to the One Northside Block Party Today!

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!

Join the Pittsburgh Police & Chief McLay for a Town Hall Meeting in Your Zone

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.

Neighborhood Allies Report to the Community: Creating Neighborhoods of Opportunity for All

Photograph courtesy of Neighborhood Allies 2015 Report to the Community

With its roots in the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development (PPND), Neighborhood Allies launched as a community development organization with a difference: They use a uniquely holistic approach. Neighborhood Allies is equal parts funder, lender, connector and consultant in order to be a real ally to distressed and transitional communities in the Pittsburgh region.

Urban Innovation21 Announces Business Grant Competition for Hill District & Homewood

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.

Attend Resilient Pittsburgh’s September 14th Resilience Fair!

In 2015, Pittsburgh was chosen to participate in the 100 Resilient Cities network. This program was created by the Rockefeller Foundation to help cities around the world to become more resilient. City resilience is defined as "the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience." From one time events like flash floods and extreme weather to long-term structural problems like inequality, air pollution, and crime, true resiliency is achieved when cities develop strategies to meet such challenges and threats.

Celebrate Larimer Alive Community Festival & Larimer Consensus Group’s New Home

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.

Closing Pittsburgh’s Opportunity Gap with My Brother’s Keeper

While Pittsburgh has transformed itself from a city of steel to a high tech mecca, not everyone has had an equal stake in this transformation. There exists a huge opportunity gap for young people of color. According to My Brother’s Keeper Playbook, 30% of Pittsburgh Public Schools fail to graduate. Meanwhile, there are over 17,000 open computing jobs in Pennsylvania, yet we only graduate 2,820 in computer science as reported by Code.org. And while jobs in computing make up half of openings in the STEM fields, there are relatively few men of color working toward computer science degrees.

Trade Institute of Pittsburgh Hosts Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Fellows are accomplished young leaders chosen from all 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Each Fellow comes to the United States and participates in a six-week academic and leadership institute at a university or college here. They also get to attend a town hall with the President. They then return to their home countries and build upon the skills they developed during their time in the U.S. Mandela Washington Fellows receive ongoing access to mentoring, networking, training, and seed funding to support their ideas, businesses, and organizations.

Launch of [ ] We Move Series to Support Engagement and Visibility of Diverse Pittsburgh Communities

Pittsburgh, PA (July 14, 2016) -- Mayor William Peduto’s Welcoming Pittsburgh Initiative announces [ ] We Move, a pilot series of 10 community-led cultural celebrations. [ ] We Move is made possible through an existing grant awarded by the National League of Cities to strengthen community outreach efforts to Pittsburgh’s immigrant, Latino, and African American residents. The 10 groups invited to participate in the series will showcase their celebrations on Friday, July 15 at The Global Switchboard (305 34th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201) from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Last Chance to Register for the Second Annual Tree Tender Symposium!

The Pittsburgh City Paper has called Tree Tenders "the national guard of the arborist world: a civilian group taking care of what the pros can't quite get to." On Saturday, July 16th, Tree Pittsburgh will host a Tree Tender Symposium for Tree Tenders from across Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The symposium will provide the opportunity for Tree Tenders to network with fellow tenders, share strategies for tree advocacy in their neighborhoods, and learn about highlighted projects and neighborhoods for inspiration.

By | July 11th, 2016|Bill Peduto, Environment and Sustainability|4 Comments