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 By Tom Smith    Front Page    April 17, 2018 

Final draft of park master plan available for review on Thursday

A final draft of the South Side Park Master Plan will be available for review and comment on Thursday, April 19 from 5-8 p.m. at the Arlington Recreation Center, 2201 Salisbury Street. Ruth Isaacson a member of the Friends of South Side Park (FSSP)...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 27, 2018

Changes coming to E. Carson St. to make it safer

East Carson Street is the most dangerous road in the region and the sixth most dangerous road in the state, PennDOT officials explained at The Brashear Center last week. The officials utilized crash...

 
 By Tom Smith    News    February 27, 2018

Bill Smith was a good man, a better husband and father

I began working part time for The Reporter during college in 1977. My mother, Roberta F. Smith, was the editor of the paper then and it was owned by Typecraft Press. Mom The Reporter from Typecraft...

 

Saturation Detail making a dent in crime in the South Side Flats

Addressing South Side’s South Watch meeting, Zone 3 Commander Karen Dixon said there aren’t any alarming trends in the Flats and Slopes. Responding to an inquiry about stolen car reports from South Watch members before the meeting, the commander...

 

Brashear unveils plans for Hilltop Community Center

Brashear Association invited area residents to LifeSpan's Knoxville center to learn more about plans for a new Hilltop community center. Plans call for the new community center to integrate the...

 

Virgina Carik was dedicated to making South Side a better place

Quietly tending to business over the past 50 years, Virginia Carik influenced the evolution of South Side in more ways than most people now in the neighborhood realize. A "remarkable" woman, she did e...

 

District judge works to make sure problems are abated in neighborhood

Focusing on code enforcement issues affecting quality of life issues in the South Side Flats and Slopes, South Watch each month brings residents together with local stakeholders, government, educational and more, to advocate for remediation and to...

 
 By Tom Smith    News    October 10, 2017

St. Paul's Monastery continues to anchor many on the Slopes

The Passionists of St. Paul of the Cross Monastery have been an anchor in the South Side Slopes community since arriving in North America 165 years ago in 1852. Paul Danei founded the Passionists as...

 

DA adds surveillance cameras

The number of government cameras keeping an eye on E. Carson Street in South Side increased with the addition of 13 high-definition surveillance cameras installed by the Allegheny County District...

 

Residents asked to step up and comment on city staircases

The city has more than 800 public staircases in its 90 neighborhoods, many are right-of-ways while others are considered streets, Kristin Saunders, a principle planner in the city’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DMI) told those...

 

Hilltop Farm is largest urban farm in the country

Walking down Cresswell Street in the former St. Clair Village for the ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the Hilltop Urban Farm brought back memories from the early 1960s. Then, there were more tha...

 

Mt. Washington CDC is one step closer to finalizing five-year plan

An updated five-year strategic plan for the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) took another step toward completion when a draft version of the plan was reviewed at the organization’s August meeting. Michael Grande,...

 

Mayor Peduto talks about issues in South Pittsburgh

Mayor William Peduto recently spoke briefly on a variety of topics he discussed while attending an Allentown CDC community meeting in the spring. A few of the subjects included establishing a new...

 

Neighborhood asked to help with city-wide plan for steps

The City of Pittsburgh has more than 800 sets of public steps, the most of any city in the country. To better understand how the staircases are used and the condition they are in, the city’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DMI) is...

 

All kidding aside, police looking for teens who assaulted goats in S.S. Park

Goat Fest, a celebration of Allegheny GoatScape's hard working goats eating their way through invasive species and vines in South Side Park's "Jurassic Valley" drew 1,000 goat loving people to the par...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    August 1, 2017

Procedure to sell Arlington School building explained

Discussion continued at the Arlington Civic Council (ACC) concerning Academy Charter School’s desire to purchase and relocate to the former Arlington Elementary School on Jonquil Street. Bill Styche, principal at Academy Charter School (ACS),...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    August 1, 2017

Mt. Oliver council urged to get more involved in boro quality of life issues

The July Mt. Oliver Borough Council meeting agenda moved rapidly without any special presentations, public hearings or a Mayor's Report. As part of the Engineer Report, council awarded a contract in...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    July 18, 2017

Residents oppose taking parking away for 18th Street bike lane

Jamie Balser doesn't see the proposed 18th Street bike lane as biking issue, but a parking issue. The City of Pittsburgh is considering creating a climbing lane for bicycles up 18th Street from...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    July 18, 2017

Recycling in the city moving away from blue bags

Trash and recycling was the focus of much of the July community meeting of the Allentown CDC. Guest speaker for the evening was Kyle Winkler, recycling supervisor for the City of Pittsburgh Dept. of Environmental Services. “What the heck is the...

 
 By Tom Smith    News    July 18, 2017

Fun things happening this summer in Allentown

The Allentown community was updated on a variety of artistic endeavors coming out of and into the neighborhood along with introducing new board members of the Allentown CDC. Allentown CDC Vice-President Judy Hackel quickly noted a save the date for...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    July 11, 2017

SSCC works on trash, challenges graffiti with murals in S. Side

Barbara Rudiak, president of the South Side Community Council (SSCC), opened the organization's annual meeting by reminding the overfl owing crowd the council has been around for more than 75 years....

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    July 5, 2017

Parking meters will fund city programs in South Side Flats

South Side’s Parking Enhancement District (PED) is a little over two and a half months old and is meeting the goals set for its success. The PED, a one-year pilot program in the City of Pittsburgh, extends on-street parking meter enforcement until...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    June 27, 2017

Concerns about Dairy District addressed by Economic Development South director

Phase 1 of the Carrick Dairy District, an open air pavilion at the corner of Brownsville Road and E. Meyers Avenue, is drawing the ire of some residents in the area. Complaints range from the...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    June 20, 2017

PLI making making building inspection, code enforcement more transparent in city

When Maura Kennedy was appointed director of the Bureau of Building Inspection three years ago she said there were a lot of really great people working there, but they weren’t keeping up with the times and were stuck in the 1980s. Speaking before...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    June 13, 2017

Minor change in bus route is goal for health center

Access to health care and an update on progress to establish a virtual block watch in the Warrington Avenue business corridor highlighted the June public meeting of the Allentown CDC. Peter Kaufmann, a certified application counselor for the Hilltop...

 

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