Homewood15208 - dispatches from the heart of Homewood Nation.
The Mayor's Office sent out a press release yesterday afternoon, so tiny that it would escape most people's notice - and it would have escaped mine if an alert Homewood Nation reader had not brought it to my attention.
This is what it says:
PITTSBURGH, PA (June 4, 2015) Mayor William Peduto, Representative Ed Gainey, Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess, and other community leaders tomorrow will announce the formation of the Homewood Community Development Collabo...Read Full Post »
The Rev. Ricky V. Burgess defeated three opponents today to snag the Democratic Party's candidacy for the City's 9th District Council seat, thus virtually guaranteeing his re-election in November.
With 99 percent of precincts reporting as of 10:19 pm, the incumbent had 2,049 votes. His nearest opponent, businessman Andre Young, had 1,226.
Rounding out the ticket, real estate broker and developer Judith K. Ginyard and former 9th District Councilwoman Twand...Read Full Post »
This afternoon, Local 154 of the International Union of Boilermakers will offer an unusual job training opportunity for people who might otherwise consider themselves trapped in a life on the streets.
In essence, they are offering a trade - turn in your gun, and you get a good shot at becoming a welder.
Participants will receive a token to enroll in the Boilermake...Read Full Post »
Several years ago, I and many others participated in a planning process for Homewood and North Point Breeze called "Bridging The Busway."
The final result of that process was a 149-page document of the same name, published in April, 2012.
A small consultancy called Studio for Spatial Practice did most of the coordinating and facilitating for Bridging the Busway. That included creating a website, www.bridgi...Read Full Post »
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 »