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Noted author John Edgar Wideman returns to Pittsburgh Friday, March 27, for a reading of some of his work in an event jointly sponsored by Hill House Association and Duquesne University. Duquesne was the site of his last visit to the City, when he appeared as part of a seminar focused on a program to create think tanks connecting students with inmates.... Read Full Post »
Homewoodians have a full week ahead of us.
1) Tomorrow evening, the third and last meeting devoted to the Homewood Station Transit Oriented Development Study will be held at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA, 7140 Bennett Street, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
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The Community Empowerment Association is holding an emergency meeting tonight, at 7 pm, in response to a recent surge in gun violence. Tonight's meeting is for men and boys. I have heard that there will be a separate meeting for women and girls, but have not confirmed that yet.
I spoke briefly with CEA founder and CEO T. Rashad Byrdsong yesterday. Here's an edited vers...Read Full Post »
This is happening tomorrow evening:
This meeting is the last meeting to offer Homewood residents and others information to help us decide whether or not we want to pursue the Transit Revitalization Investment District designation for part of the neighborhood.
Earlier meetings explained how a TRID works (the designation creates a mechanism for real estate taxes from ne...Read Full Post »
Operation Better Block has anounced the 2015 schedule for its monthly community meetings to inform residents about upcoming events, share resources, and spotlight the work of various organizations in Homewood. Meetings are open to everyone.
The Monthly Community Meetings will be held in the Auditorium of the Homewood Library, 7101 Hamilton Avenue, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm on the fourth Thursday of each month (except for November and December, when they will take place on...Read Full Post »
This is just an announcement, not a story, because this event happens this evening.
The meeting described above is the second in a series of three meetings on transit-oriented development. The first was held on November 13 at the Carnegie Homewood Library.
At that meeting, consultant Lynn Colosi, principal of Delta Development Group, Inc., led the audience of ab...Read Full Post »
by José Antonio Diaz
On Saturday, November 8, roughly 100 people came together at Community Empowerment Association for “The People’s Plan”, an interactive town hall session to address the economic growth and stability of Homewood.
Over a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, potatoes, and grits and bacon, Rashad Byrdsong, executive director of Community Empowerment Association, addressed the audience by saying that the town hall was the culminatio...Read Full Post »
Here's another flyer, regarding another meeting:
I asked Ivette Mongalo to help Homewood residents to make sense of all this. Ms. Mongalo is a principal with Mongalo-Winston Consulting LLC, which specializes in urban design and community engagement. Her firm has been engaged by the Urban Redevelopment Authority to help conduct a s...Read Full Post »
This flyer being circulated gives the basics:
The meeting continues the Community Empowerment Association's multi-year work of developing an "Urban Agenda."
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Election Day 2014 - the day when "We, the people" have the freedom to select who will represent our needs and concerns. The majority of "We, the people" (that is, the ones registered to vote) didn't show up to vote. Here's an overview:
There are 7,269 registered voters in Ward 13. On Tuesday, 2,150 of them (less than 30 percent) actually voted.Read Full Post »