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 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...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    May 16, 2017

Health care access, new internet service, parklet progress discussed in Allentown

Access to health care, a new parklet, the fate of an anchor business and innovative solution to internet access for businesses were topics discussed at the Allentown Community Development Corp’s (ACDC) May public meeting. Peter Kaufmann, a...

 
 By Tom Smith    News    May 16, 2017

Carrick council updated on Berg Place, Dairy District projects

The Carrick Community Council’s (CCC) quarterly meeting was no attendance match for a Penguins’ playoff game the same evening, but scored with updates and information about the community. CCC president Trish Hatfield passed off the duties of faci...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    May 9, 2017

Candidates vie for Council District 4 seat

City of Pittsburgh Council District 4 is the only City Council race in this year's Primary Election being contested with two Democrats vying to run against the only Republican candidate on the...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    May 2, 2017

Initially, extended hours meter parking meets expectations

Parking has been a challenge in South Side for more than half a century. In the mid-1960s, the South Side Chamber of Commerce first commissioned a parking study which determined: There wasn’t enough of it! Over the past 50 years things haven’t...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    April 18, 2017

Another 'virtual block watch' could be coming to S. Pittsburgh

Warrington Avenue in Allentown may soon have a “virtual block watch” similar to one on Brownsville Road in Carrick. Speaking at the Allentown CDC April meeting, Zone 3 officer Nathan Auvil explained after 14 cameras were installed in a two-block...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    April 11, 2017

Parks, parklets and park groups plans presented at Allentown CDC

Parks, parklets and friends of parks highlighted the April meeting of the Allentown CDC. Guest speakers included Erin Tobin, community outreach coordinator for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy; Sarah Baxendell, project manager, Greenspace Asset...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 21, 2017

A new concept proposed for 21st Street

South 21st Street between Josephine and East Carson Street may be the most unique street in South Side. Sections of 21st Street currently accommodate two travel lanes and up to four lanes of parking...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 14, 2017

Mayor provides updates on state of the city at Allentown meeting

Mayor William Peduto visited the March Allentown CDC meeting at the Allentown Senior Center last week to provide a few updates about what was happening "Downtown." He began by saying when the latest...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 7, 2017

City outlines safety measures for St. Pat's parade day festivities

Concerned about some “questionable” behavior on South Side he witnessed during last year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration, City of Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich and public safety officials met last week with several...

 

Grassroots effort begins to revitalize East Carson Street

South Side stakeholders, residents and business owners, have been meeting with city and state officials for the past five months to explore revitalization strategies for East Carson Street. The group was encouraged by PennDOT’s plan to repave East...

 

PWSA officials explain about lead in water

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority officials came to the South Side Market House to talk to Council District 3 residents about lead in drinking, but they emphasized they are still learning the exten...

 

A snapshot of the South Side Parking Enhancement District

The proposed Parking Enhancement District in South Side will encompass not only metered and residential parking in the neighborhood, but also the way people are encouraged to move in and out of the community. • Metered parking in the Historic Distr...

 

Parking concerns expressed to police at Arlington Civic meeting

The quarterly meeting of the Arlington Civic Council (ACC) had a public safety focus with Zone 3 Commander Karen Dixon, motorcycle officer Dale Ruble and officer Christine Luffey. In addition, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and State...

 

Commander talks about challenges facing the police

Concerned with some recent shootings in and around the Allentown neighborhood, the Allentown CDC asked Zone 3 commander Karen Dixon to speak at the December public meeting of the organization. “We know who it was.” Command Dixon said of the most...

 

Brashear campers will get-together to talk over old times

My first experience with Brashear Camp didn't come during the summer in the 135 wooded acres outside of Zelienople, it came on the second floor of the Brashear Center in what is now the Birmingham...

 

Allentown explores parking issues, hears from District Judge King

The August quarterly public meeting of the Allentown CDC had public safety and neighborhood parking as main focuses last week. Guest speakers included Liz Style from the Pittsburgh Dept. of Public Safety and District Magisterial J udge Richard King....

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    July 5, 2016

Community council recaps work in South Side

Barbara Rudiak, president of the South Side Community Council (SSCC), outlined the organization's past year's accomplishments and the goals going forward at the General Membership Meeting held in...

 

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