Bricolage’s Fifth Wall series seeks to break down the barriers between scripted storytelling and current events in the world at large.
The 2014 Fifth Wall Series continues, as part of the Transit Tales project, with a panel discussion on public transit in Allegheny County. Specifically, how (or if) public input should be included in planning for public transit. Panelists include:
Lucy Spruill – Committee for Accessible Transportation
Bonnie Young-Laing – Hill District Consensus Group
Ben Samson – Architectural Designer
Tom Conroy – Amalgamated Transit Union
Grant Ervin – City of Pittsburgh
Moderated by Chris Potter – Pittsburgh City Paper
Fifth… Read the rest
Earlier this week, mayors from over 280 cities around the country gathered in Washington DC for the 82 annual Conference of Mayors. The conference agenda is available online here.
Here are some of the articles from about the conference from around the country – it is kind of interesting to see which issues are being highlighted for other cities.
Why Small Town Mayors Face Multiple Disadvantages (npr)
De Blasio Urges Mayors to Forge an ‘Urban Consensus’ (nytimes.com)
De Blasio: Fracking Poses ‘Too Much Danger To Water Supply’ In New York (huffingtonpost.com)
Capitol Hill: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Echoes Transportation… Read the rest
Pittsburgh may be at the top of a lot of lists – best place to retire, 10th most romantic city in the US, most liveable city. However, Pittsburgh and the entire state of Pennsylvania are WAY behind when it comes to women in politics.
Some sobering stats on the state of women in politics in Pennsylvania:
Pennsylvania ranks 47th when looking at the number of women holding elected office, and 47th in terms of women’s overall political participation in our state. (via WomenVotePA)
State Senate – only 16% are women
State House – only 18% are women
Pennsylvanian ranks 38… Read the rest
Yes, it has only been two weeks since we swore in Bill Peduto as the 60th mayor of Pittsburgh. But the race for Governor is in full swing.
The current governor of Pennsylvania is Tom Corbett. He was elected in 2011. The governor of PA is elected every 4 years. Tom Corbett is a republican and likely unopposed in the primary election.
The democratic primary is another story, There are currently 8 candidate in the running for the democratic nomination. All of those candidates will be in Pittsburgh this Sunday for a forum that is being hosted by the 14th… Read the rest
Trees are important in cities for many reasons – they look nice, provide shade, clean the air. But have you ever stopped to think about who takes care of the trees? Sometimes they need a little tender loving care, and sometimes they need someone to advocate for them – that’s where Tree Pittsburgh comes into the picture.
Tree Pittsburgh is a non-profit organization that you need to know about. Tree Pittsburgh was started in 2006 (it used to be called Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest). Tree Pittsburgh runs several programs to care for existing trees and to plant more… Read the rest