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 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...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    July 5, 2016

Free WiFi on East Carson Street?

South Siders will soon have another way to keep in contact with one-another in the electronic world. Meta Mesh Wireless Communities, a non-profit organization based in Allentown, is looking to expand its presence in South Side by adding more...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    June 21, 2016

Kids will 'get wet' this year in the new Arlington Spray Park

The patience of Arlington area residents was wearing thin with promises from city officials that a spray park would be constructed on the site of the closed swimming pool in Arlington Playground when they requested an update from Citiparks Director...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    June 7, 2016

MWCDC prepares for changes in the way they operate

The May Community Forum of the Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) included a celebration of departing staff members and updates concerning the future of the organization. Talia Piazza, MWCDC Parks and Conservation Committee...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    May 31, 2016

Community development can't be rushed, it takes time CBA told

When Jason Tigano came to the May meeting of the Carrick Business Association he couldn't be clearer in his message. "I think this is the new hotness," the director of Real Estate for Economic...

 
 By Tom Smith    Obituaries    May 10, 2016

Roberta Stackawitz, long-time community leader

A "remarkable wife" is the way Harry Stackawitz would describe his wife, Roberta, Gene Ricciardi recalled. Mr. Ricciardi said he met Harry Stackawitz in the 70s, a decade before he met Roberta, and...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    April 19, 2016

Road closure having detrimental affect on businesses

The cost of the gas and water line replacement along Brownsville Road in Mt. Oliver and Knoxville could be much higher than the $2.6 million estimated for the construction work. Merchants in the 100...

 

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