Category: Community Development

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Comment Thread and Response from Burgess’s Staff

We just wanted to provide the links to this discussion all in one place: On Sunday, January 13, 2012 9:35 am The Pittsburgh Comet published  - Ravenstahl philosophy one of “Crony Capitalism.” We have citations. At 11:18 am anonymous posted the following comment on the post In our neoliberal era laissez faire is nothing more than…

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City Council Meetings on the Buncher/Strip Development

If you are interested in learning more about what is happening with the proposed development in the Strip District – this is the project where the Buncher Company would be tearing down part of the Terminal Buildings – then you might want to check out these two meetings. Monday, September 25, 2012 1pm City Council…

Getting It Done

Trash Talk One complaint that we hear from time to time is that poor neighborhoods often get the leftover trashcans from other neighborhoods.  One example taken earlier in the year (Kevin Acklin used this particular example in the second mayoral debate, back in October): a trashcan behind the Homewood-Brushton YMCA labeled “Bloomfield”. Here’s a photo…

CBA Post-Agenda, According to Twitter

Today’s post-agenda on Community Benefit Agreements held in Pittsburgh’s City Council Chambers had some in the audience all a-twitter.  Here’s what happened:

Kevin Acklin on CBAs

Today, City Council held a post-agenda to give residents the opportunity to speak about the issue of Community Benefit Agreements in the City and other recent events. The Acklin campaign posted a video of Kevin Acklin’s remarks: Kevin Acklin: CBA Remarks Before City Council from Acklin for Pittsburgh on Vimeo.

Who is benefits from leasing or selling the parking garages?

Image by UtopianLibrary via Flickr Mayor Luke Ravenstahl‘s idea to lease the city’s parking garages (more here) has generated quite a bit of buzz in Pittsburgh and beyond.  The article from the PG was also picked up by Harvard’s Kennedy School here and on the blogs Milwaukee Talkie and Planetizen. This idea has also been…

The Beat Cop

The beat cop is a much coveted neighborhood tool. Neighborhood groups across the City, beg and plead with their Zone Commanders and the Mayor to acquire just a few hours a week of such a person’s time. In an article in today’s P-G, the questions is raised, “Will Squirrel Hill get a dedicated beat cop?”…

Allegheny Conference— Spreading Misinformation about Transit???

In the Post-Gazette today, attorney Joseph Pass responds directly to Ken Zapinski of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development’s management-slanted editorial from labor day weekend. Don’t punish transit workers Perhaps local corporations should make ‘concessions’ I read with interest the rantings of Ken Zapinski of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development titled, “A Time for…

Forget the campaigns. Donate to this guy.

An article in Saturday’s Post-Gazette is titled, “URA chief’s friends asked to help with legal bills.” Um, excuse me? Pat Ford, who has continued to receive his $117,875/year salary while on paid leave from his position as URA Executive Director because of an ethics investigation, is not a charity case. Heck, this guy could have…

CBA Signed in Hill

After a long and persistent effort, residents of the Hill District, united under the One Hill Coalition, finally received a community benefits agreement signed by local elected leadership. This is a very positive step toward more sustainable development in Pittsburgh; CBAs provide a vehicle for community input into large scale development.

Tool includes transportation costs in defining housing affordability

A timely topic, as energy becomes a sharper issue for the American public and we watch changes in consumer behavior hash out against a backdrop of slow-to-change and often contradictory public policy. Will there be any long-term impact on where people choose to live? Well, this index is a project of The Urban Markets Initiative…

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