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
The 16th annual Summit Against Racism from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Highland Avenue 15206. This is an annual event held that is held the Saturday after Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Pittsburgh.
The Summit Against Racism is a day when everyone—from students to seasoned activists—can come together to start the new year by making or renewing and revitalizing commitments to ending racism in Pittsburgh.
The Summit Against Racism is hosted by the Black and White Reunion (BWR), an organization working to end racism, racial profiling,… Read the rest
I saw the details for this pop-up on the city channel (Comcast Channel 13) and I thought I’d re-post the details here. Check out this post for details on curbside and drop-off recycling in the city of Pittsburgh.
Christmas trees that are placed on the curb will NOT be recycled. If you want to have your tree recycled you can drop it off at one of the following locations:… Read the rest
I had to do some digging to find this information on the City of Pittsburgh website, so I thought I would repost here in case anyone else was looking for this info.
The city’s website is a little confusing and links to some outdated information. The information included here should be correct – if not, please let me know.I’ve added a section for other recycling options at the bottom. If you know of other places to recycle items that are not accepted by the city – please leave a comment below and I will update the list.
Curbside Recycling in… Read the rest
This app was the featured idea in the daily email from the website Good.is – Redesigning City Streets with a Mobile Phone. While the app is being developed by a group from Austin, Texas – it could be a great tool for Pittsburgh. I think this is a really cool and easy way to engage people in improving their communities and is this app is worth a look.
I really like this project and I’d recommend watching the Kickstarter video below – Jessica Lowry who created this app as a way to create safer, more walkable streets does a great… Read the rest