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 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...

 
 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...

 

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