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The Bulletin: Looking both ways with ‘citizen crossing guard’ Rose Parker

Volunteer crossing guard protects students from Penn Ave. motorists Story by Andrew McKeon, The Bulletin ABOVE: Volunteer crossing guard Rose Parker remains steadfast in the face of oncoming Penn Ave. traffic. She also remains skeptical of local drivers' reaction time during rush hour. Read more in the August 2018 Bulletin. Photo by Andrew McKeon. Garfield - Rose Parker keeps her head on a swivel as she looks up and down Penn Ave. The citizen crossing guard has lots of advice, both metaphorical and literal, for dangerous drivers that zoom past her unofficial post at the intersection of N. Millvale and Penn Aves. [...]

By |2018-09-11T17:52:48-04:00September 11, 2018|Bulletin, Community, Health + Wellness, Youth|0 Comments

The Bulletin: Community Development in Garfield

Community Development Updates by Rick Swartz, BGC   Council to consider bill allowing “granny flats” City Council will take up legislation this month to allow a second dwelling unit to be added to single-family homes in a large portion of Garfield. Homeowners and homebuilders will have a two-year trial period to see if it is feasible to convert a basement, garage or third-floor attic into a second apartment, or tuck a “granny flat” into a newly-built house, as ways to make owning a home more affordable. The homeowner would need to remain the primary occupant of the house for as [...]

By |2018-07-10T15:13:59-04:00July 10, 2018|Bulletin, Community, Events, Green Initiatives, Housing, Youth|0 Comments

The Bulletin: “Taquitos” truck returns to Garfield

"Taquitos": same truck, new flavors for Penn Ave. Story by Andrew McKeon, The Bulletin ABOVE: Ray Quintanar (left) serves lunchtime customers from the “Taquitos” food truck at N. Winebiddle St. and Penn Ave. After waiting all year for good weather, Quintanar and his son, Fernando, brought the truck back to Garfield in March to unveil their new look and vegetarian-friendly menu. Read “Neighborhood Focus” on page 8 of the May Bulletin to learn more. Photo by John Colombo. Garfield - The “Taquitos” food truck and its new paint job - which catches one’s gaze at the corner of N. Winebiddle St. and [...]

By |2018-05-02T14:27:37-04:00May 2, 2018|Bulletin, Community, News|0 Comments

The Bulletin: Penn Plaza Matters

Neighbors rally for East Liberty residents displaced by developers Story by Jason Vrabel, Bulletin contributor ABOVE: Former Penn Plaza resident Randall Taylor (right, holding microphone) speaks to local community members at a Mar. 19 rally in East liberty. Taylor and other members of the Penn Plaza Support & Action Coalition voiced concerns about the redevelopment plans for the gateway site at Penn & Negley Aves. Photo by Jason Vrabel. East Liberty - More than a year after the city’s Planning Commission unanimously denied a redevelopment proposal for the former Penn Plaza apartment site, the public got its first full look at a [...]

By |2018-03-28T15:36:01-04:00March 28, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Bulletin: “Vacants” in Garfield

Vacant, abandoned houses continue to dog Garfield neighborhood Story by Joe Reuben, Bulletin contributor Garfield - While many would say that conditions in the neighborhood have improved dramatically in recent years, Garfield remains saddled with a large inventory of vacant, seemingly abandoned houses. According to Rick Swartz, the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation’s (BGC) executive director, his organization’s staff recently conducted a survey of most of the neighborhood’s streets, and it revealed at least 131 empty houses, many of them in deplorable condition. “There were more ‘vacants’ than what we were expecting to find,” Swartz told The Bulletin. “While a number [...]

By |2018-03-09T14:02:08-05:00March 9, 2018|Bulletin, Community, Housing, News|3 Comments

The Bulletin: Remembering Carol Peterson

Remembering Carol Peterson: friends celebrate life of local historian, rabble-rouser, underdog champion Story by Kitty Julian, Bulletin contributor Lawrenceville - On Dec. 17, Carol Peterson, a Pittsburgh icon who dedicated her life to preserving the city’s architectural history, died at age 58 after a seven-year struggle with cancer. A fierce advocate for social justice and animal rights, Peterson is remembered for her lasting contributions to local understandings of “place” and history. Some readers may also recognize her as the co-author of “Allegheny City,” the book she wrote with Dan Rooney about his old stomping grounds. An active member of the City’s [...]

By |2018-02-02T18:36:40-05:00February 1, 2018|Bulletin, News|0 Comments

The Bulletin – Neighborhood Focus – January 2018

Friendship Perk & Brew unlocks new potential Story by Andrew McKeon, the Bulletin ABOVE: Nick Redondo (right) enjoys a “Kodak moment” with friends and family at his new eatery, Friendship Perk & Brew (300 S. Pacific Ave.). Photo by Andrew McKeon. Friendship – A few decades ago, when Nick Redondo worked for US Air, Pittsburgh’s one-way departures far outnumbered its new arrivals. And now that his hometown has become a destination city, Redondo thinks residents old and new are thirsty for change – and for coffee and beer. His approach to quenching this new thirst: “Friendship Perk & Brew.” Punctuated [...]

By |2018-03-28T15:37:42-04:00January 9, 2018|Bulletin, Community, News|0 Comments

The Bulletin – Neighborhood Focus – August 2017

East End Fruit Cart brings fresh food to underserved neighbors Story by Andrew McKeon, the Bulletin ABOVE: At the East End Fruit Cart in Mellon Park, Jamel Haden (left) helps customers like Lando DePaulo - and his dog Lemmy - find the right fruit on a breezy July day. Haden and his two teenage co-workers use the mobile cart to bring fresh fruit to underserved neighborhoods throughout the city’s East End. Follow the East End Fruit Cart story below. Photo by John Colombo. East End – Last year, when Tim Lydon returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh after [...]

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