Articles written by Roberta Smith
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Christmas lights on East Carson started with a man and a plan
The following is a reprint of a 2013 article by Roberta Smith on how holiday lights returned to E. Carson Street. In 1965, Wilbur Joseph, executive director of Brashear Association, hired a guy named Dick Wells to develop a... — Updated 12/22/2021
Editor's Christmas story begins in October of 1941 in Beltzhoover
Not many Christmas stories begin in October. Mine does. We were living in Beltzhoover, at 811 Gearing Avenue. My parents, Bob and Betty Johnson, my 3-year-old brother Bill, my teenaged brother John (we called him Buddy) and... — Updated 12/22/2013
Charlie Samaha fell in love with South Side and helped guide it
Prophets, so they say, are not without honor except in their own land, and South Side has its share of these forgotten visionaries from the 1960s and ‘70s who laid the groundwork for today’s successful neighborhood. Charles... — Updated 11/18/2013
Jo Ann Salopek, longtime South Side advocate
Jo Ann Salopek's picture will never appear on a Wheaties box, but to the hundreds of South Siders whose lives she touched during nearly 40 years of community concern, she was a...
Veronica Veil Players prepare to take their ‘passion' into the next century
Each Lenten weekend for the past 84 years, people from Pittsburgh's neighborhoods join others from as far away as Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia who climb the steep South Side Slo...