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Carson Safety Plan making progress

Public safety on East Carson St., the future of the former South Side Hospital building, and rebranding of the neighborhood were among the topics discussed at the August 9 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. In her “Public... — Updated 8/16/2022

 

School safety program discussed at Zone 3 safety council meeting

The July 28 Zoom meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC) began with memories of former board secretary/block watch development and support committee chair Donna... — Updated 8/9/2022

 

Public Safety officials questioned about progress in South Side

The ongoing concerns about public safety on East Carson St., such as violence, disruptive behavior, criminal activity, and more, and its overflow into the residential neighborhood, was the main topic of the July 12 meeting of the... — Updated 7/21/2022

 

Zone 3 Council turns focus on to area neighborhoods

"Us – the Zone 3 Neighborhoods!" was the focus of the June 23 Zoom meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC). Residents of neighborhoods who were in attendance were... — Updated 7/8/2022

 

Residents pack Market House over Carson St. safety

Additional police officers, and city tools like occupancy checks and building code enforcement and the disruptive properties program, will be utilized to combat violence on weekends... — Updated 6/27/2022

 

CeaseFirePA discusses statewide multi-faceted issue of gun violence

“The Multi-Faceted Issue of Gun Violence” on a statewide level, as well as locally, was the focus of the May 26 Zoom meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC). The presentation by CeaseFirePA Western Pennsylvania... — Updated 6/8/2022

 

Feed the meters in South Side on Sundays now

Sundays are now part of the Parking Enhancement District (PED), or the enforcement of South Side Flats parking meters from 6 p.m. to midnight.   The addition of Sundays to already-existing Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for PE... — Updated 5/25/2022

 

Zone 3 council discusses gun violence prevention

The April 28 monthly meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC) began with the report of Ian Reynolds of the city's Safer Together. He said leaving guns unattended in cars... — Updated 5/12/2022

 

Rental registration requirement begins at the end of May

The city’s new rental registration program headlined the April 12 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. Sarah Kinter, Director of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections (PLI), said the city’s new rental registration program... — Updated 4/21/2022

 

Disruptive properties in the city are getting additional attention

The March 24 monthly meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC) featured guest speaker Angela Brundage, the new administrative assistant of Disruptive Properties in the cit... — Updated 4/7/2022

 

Delayed PED expansion hampers adding members to Clean Team

The February report of the Parking Enhancement District (PED) kicked off the March meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. The PED, or the enforcement of South Side Flats parking... — Updated 3/24/2022

 

PWSA building green stormwater infrastructure in park

The South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) has two new board members following election at the organization's annual meeting via Zoom on March 8: Andrew Fetzko and Marc... — Updated 3/24/2022

 

Zone 3 shows uptick in all crime in 2021 over previous year

The February 24 monthly meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC) featured guest speaker Heath C. Johnson, Ph.D., crime analysis coordinator, crime analysis unit,... — Updated 3/10/2022

 

Zone 3 council hears crime data, neighborhood issues

The February 24 monthly meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC) featured guest speaker Heath C. Johnson, Ph.D., crime analysis coordinator, crime analysis unit,... — Updated 3/3/2022

 

Sunday enforcement of South Side meters delayed temporarily

The February 8 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum began with the January report of the Parking Enhancement District (PED), or the enforcement of South Side Flats parking meters from 6 p.m. to midnight. The PED is in effect... — Updated 2/24/2022

 

Public Safety officials take questions from the Zone 3 Council

The Jan. 27 Zoom monthly meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC) featured news of new hires, crime updates, and more. Z3PSC President Liz Style served as meeting... — Updated 2/9/2022

 

Sunday meter enforcement is delayed in South Side

The January 11 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum began with the December report of the Parking Enhancement District (PED), or the enforcement of South Side Flats parking mete... — Updated 1/19/2022

 

Sunday enforcement of parking meters in South Side postponed

The November report of the Parking Enhancement District (PED), or the enforcement of South Side Flats parking meters from 6 p.m. to midnight, kicked off the Dec. 14 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. Currently, the PED... — Updated 12/22/2021

 

New Division 4 campus won't be open for this winter announced at Zone 3

The Dept. of Public Works' (DPW) 4th Division in Knoxville will not be operational this winter. The expectation earlier this year had been that the new facility would open for... — Updated 12/2/2021

 

Brashear services highlighted at public safety meeting

The October Zoom monthly meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC) featured a presentation on the Brashear Association’s new location, program updates, and services. The speaker was Margie Schill, Brashear’s... — Updated 11/18/2021

 

Parking meters to be enforced on Sundays in South Side

The new year will see the addition of Sundays to the Parking Enhancement District (PED), or the enforcement of South Side Flats parking meters from 6 p.m. to midnight. The news was delivered by city Councilman Bruce Kraus at the... — Updated 11/18/2021

 

Outpatient center recruiting staff to expand services

The Oct. 12 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum featured UPMC updates in the area from its vice president of operations, Julie Hecker. She began with an overview of the parking lots and trees. She said trees were pruned in... — Updated 10/28/2021

 

PWSA explains rate hike for stormwater efforts

By Margaret L. Smykla Contributing Writer A presentation by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) on a proposed stormwater fee, and on stormwater planning efforts, kicked off the Sept. 14 meeting of the South Side... — Updated 9/30/2021

 

Community Task Force on Policing Recommendations gives six-month update

Zone 3 By Margaret L. Smykla Contributing Writer A six-month update on implementation of the Community Task Force on Policing Recommendations was the focus of the Sept. 23 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC). The... — Updated 9/27/2021

 

South Side DAM meeting concerns Rite Aids in S.S. Historic District

The August 19 virtual development activities meeting (DAM) of the South Side Community Council (SSCC) featured two presentations regarding Rite Aid: at 1915 E. Carson St. and at 2655 E. Carson St. Both proposals will be presented... — Updated 9/1/2021

 

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