Want to learn about the police force in Pittsburgh? Sign up for a weekly class to join 29 of your fellow Pittsburghers for a look at how the Pittsburgh police force works.
Classes start Tuesday, February 4, 2014 and meet every Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for 15 weeks. The class meets at Pittsburgh Police Training Academy at 1395 Washington Boulevard in the Highland Park/East Liberty neighborhood of the City.
Applications are due by January 28, 2014
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Mayor Peduto launched a pothole repair blitz this week to attempt to try to patch most of the holes that have been wreaking havoc on city roads.
The city can only fix the potholes if they know about them. If you see a pothole you can use the following links to report it to the city, county or state. Not sure who maintains the road – contact the state and they will forward the request to the appropriate place. If this is an emergency and a response is needed immediately – call 911
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Earlier this week we were asked a question about where one can volunteer in Pittsburgh.
@iheartpgh thoughts on places to volunteer in #Pittsburgh?
— NewUrbanHipster (@NewUrbanHipster) January 15, 2014
We recieved a similar question last month and we are happy to connect Pittsburghers who want to volunteer with organizations that need help/.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day offers a great place to start. Pittsburgh Cares is an organization that exist to be a matchmaker between people that want to volunteer and groups the need volunteers.
MLK Day – “a day on, not a day off”
Here is some history on… Read the rest
Maybe you’ve seen the signs around town declaring a certain area as a “Redd Up Zone.” If you’re not from Western Pennsylvania, you might even be asking yourself what on Earth “redd up” means. Basically it’s Pittsburghese for cleaning or tidying up something, a notion former mayor Luke Ravenstahl wanted to apply to Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods. Click here for the Post-Gazette article on how Redd-Up Zones were started.
Instead of the city doing most of the work itself fixing up communities, organizations and businesses can adopt a street and recruit volunteers to help them with year-round cleanups. All groups, from companies… Read the rest
You may have seen a few newspaper headlines and some tweets about land banks today. I know several people that have been working on bringing land banking to Pittsburgh for several years. Today, City Councilwoman Deb Gross introduced legislation (2014-0025) that would create the legal structure for a land bank in the City of Pittsburgh.
What is a Land Bank?
A land bank is a way for cities to manage unused, usually vacant or abandoned property.
From Wikipedia :
Land Banks are quasi-governmental entities created by counties or municipalities to effectively manage and repurpose an inventory of underused, abandoned, or… Read the rest