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S.S. Forum discusses fire, Zone commander and Esser plaza lights

Reflections on the fiery demise of a historic South Side building the prior day headlined the Feb. 9 Zoom meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. Other highlights included introduction of the new...

 

CeaseFirePA wants 'common sense' laws concerning firearms

The Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC) meeting that began on Jan. 18 was completed on Jan. 25. The reason was that a malicious Zoom "bomb" about 30 minutes into the Jan. 18 meeting was so...

 

Carrick council hears election results, about city snow removal

This year's first quarterly meeting of the Carrick Community Council (CCC) featured board election results; update on the 25 Carrick Ave Project; recent changes to the snow removal process; and the...

 

PED decline will reduce Carson St. Clean Team

Updates on the PED/Clean Team, the 4th Division Public Works campus, and more were the focus at the South Side Planning Forum meeting. The Zoom video conference was held on Jan. 12. In the PED update, city nighttime economy coordinator Allison...

 

Businesses propose changes at South Side DAM meeting

The sixth virtual development activities meeting (DAM) of the South Side Community Council (SSCC) featured presentations on two South Side projects, one of which is after fact as it is already in plac...

 

South Side Clean Team to remain through the winter

Updates filled the light agenda of the Dec. 8 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. In the PED update, city Councilman Bruce Kraus said revenue each weekend "descends a little bit more." The PED i...

 

Quads, speakeasies discussed at Zone 3 Nov. council meeting

The last Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC) meeting of 2020 on Nov. 16 featured a year-end report and plans for 2021. The meeting began with news that Zone 3 police Commander Karen Dixon will be returning Nov. 30, but is retiring in early January....

 

South Side could see a multi-modal hub for transportation soon

The guest presenter at the Nov. 10 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum was policy analyst Tosh Chambers of the city’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI). He discussed MOVE412/Mobility Hub, a multi-modal transportation strategy....

 

Police procedures, policies and changes discussed at Zone 3

Police policies and procedures, changes in training policies and actions that reduce concerns with policing, and ways in which the community can continue to serve as partners with the police were...

 

Plans outlined for SouthSide Works at South Side council DAM meeting

The fourth virtual development activities meeting (DAM) of the South Side Community Council (SSCC) featured presentations on three proposed South Side projects. The Zoom video conference was held on Oct. 22. The projects are the town square...

 

Police procedures, changes discussed at Zone 3 meeting

Police policies and procedures, changes in training policies and actions that reduce concerns with policing, and ways in which the community can continue to serve as partners with the police were...

 

Slopes meeting concerned with speakeasys, E. Carson impovements

The Oct. 20 virtual Zoom general meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) featured discussion of speakeasies, the East Carson St. safety improvement project, and more. The...

 

PED collections are down, but keep up with E. Carson costs

Updates on the South Side Parking Enhancement District (PED), the PennDOT construction project, and local development activities meetings (DAM) were the prime topics of the Oct. 13 monthly meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. The meeting was...

 

Property owners explain plans at South Side DAM meeting

The third virtual development activities meeting (DAM) of the South Side Community Council (SSCC) featured presentations on four South Side projects. The Zoom video conference was held on Sept 24....

 

South Side Community Council outlines changes, elects new board members

The fall general meeting of the South Side Community Council (SSCC) featured board elections; an overview of the changes planned for SouthSide Works; reorganization of the SSCC; updates on the Carson...

 

Two organizations work for peace in South Pittsburgh

Presentations on two local organizations working to help maintain peace in the zone were the focus of the Sept. 21 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC). The presenters were Reverend Eileen O. Smith, director of the South Pittsburgh...

 

ForgingPGH aims to create a shared vision throughout Pittsburgh

The launch of a citywide comprehensive planning process, and an update on the South Side Parking Enhancement District (PED), were the main focus of the Sept. 8 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. The meeting was held as a Zoom video...

 

South Siders learn about plans for Verizon antennas, cinema reuse

The second virtual development activities meeting (DAM) of the South Side Community Council (SSCC) featured presentations on three proposed development projects on the South Side. The three projects are: Verizon Wireless’ proposal to attach...

 

Zone 3 council hears from Black Women, impact of COVID-19

Liz Style, president of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC), began the Aug. 17 meeting stating this has been a "year of confusion, fear, and uncertainty, and have survived it all. But 2020 is...

 

UPMC puts plans for S.S. hospital building on hold

Updates on COVID-19's local impact was the focus of the combined July-August meeting of the South Side Planning Forum on July 28. The meeting was held as a Zoom video conference. It began with an...

 

Police community engagement unit focuses on needs in the neighborhood

A presentation on the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police (PBP) Community Outreach Office (COO) highlighted the July 20 virtual meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC). The group's Zoom video...

 

South Side learns of changes to SouthSide Works Square

The first development activities meeting (DAM) of the South Side Community Council (SSCC) reviewed two proposed development projects on the South Side. The projects are the renovation of the Town...

 

City relaxes permit fees, looks for ways businesses can return

Permit fees for outdoor dining have been waived in the city as most of southwestern Pennsylvania entered Governor Tom Wolf’s “green phase” for reopening businesses on June 5. Fees for sidewalk retail permits have also been waived. “We are...

 

Zone 3 safety council reconnecting through Zoom during the pandemic

Updates on the city's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and related matters, were the focus of the May 18 virtual meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC). The group's first ever Zoom vide...

 

Crime is 'unusual' on the S.S. Slopes, revenue down in PED

The city is facing a $122 million shortfall in its operating budget due to the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent closures, city Councilman Bruce Kraus announced during the May 12 virtual general...

 

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