A Loss To Our Community

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One of our neighbors, Virginia “Peggy” Johnson passed away Wednesday morning.  She was a regular attendee to SONG meetings and her help and contributions were invaluable to a number of activities and events including South Oakland Community Day.  She will be greatly missed. Please check back for more info as we get it on arrangements.

Click here for Post-Gazette Obituary

Public Mtg: Joncaire Steps Project 1/15, 2015, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Public Meeting: Joncaire Steps Project
January 15, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works (DPW) recently received $384,000 in federal funding through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) to demolish and rebuild the Joncaire Street Steps. The steps connect from Panther Hollow to Central Oakland near Schenley Plaza. For years, the steps have been unlit, enclosed by vegetation, and crumbling.Reconstruction will include doubling the current steps’  width, installing new lighting and two bike ramps or ‘runnels’, and making landscaping improvements to the surrounding area.
Oakland Planning and Development Corporation and OTMA will work with DPW to engage the Oakland community and gather input at three points during the design process. The first of these public meetings is Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the Oakland Career Center at 294 Semple Street. Join us to discuss the preliminary designs for reconstructing the Joncaire Street Steps.


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Need Healthcare? Free ACA Workshop – Tue 1/13 Noon, 294 Semple

Get your questions answered and learn about your options under the Affordable Care Act.
Hosted by JobLinks in association with University Of Pittsburgh Dept Of Family.
Tuesday, January 13, Noon.
Career Center, 294 Semple St.

OPDC December E-Newsletter

​Topics include:
  • American Eagle Outfitters supports OPDC’s School 2 Career program through education tax credit
  • Joncaire Street to benefit from federal grant, community beautification project
  • Mellinger Beer Distributor joins Oakland “Good Neighbor” effort
  • Oakland landlords organize
  • Development updates: Skyvue Apartments, Schenley High School redevelopment, UPMC’s master plan, and former Oakland School
  • New stop signs enhance safety in Central Oakland
  • Oakland Green Team updates: A new orchard, hundreds of daffodils, and a rain garden
  • Oakland property​ spotlight: 241 Meyran Avenue
  • Oakland façade grant recipients complete home restoration projects
  • West Oakland’s The Corner looks to renovate cafe and performance space through crowdfunding
  • Board spotlight: Meet Abass Kamara
  • Eye on elected officials: An update from Pennsylvania District 19
  • We’re hiring a Financial Coach​


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County, City, Pitt & CMU Receive Award To Build Technology Infrastructure

Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh — working in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University — will build joint technology infrastructure that will provide leaders and citizens with data-driven tools to improve the effectiveness of local government.
The Richard King Mellon Foundation has awarded $1.8 million to fund the first 18 months of the effort, supporting three major initiatives.
The city and county will create a Government Solutions Engineering team of data experts to seek ways to spur local government modernization and supply data-driven management tools to government leaders. The team will work on ways to make government more efficient and customer-friendly for residents; standardize data formats; better track public spending via performance-based budgeting; and synthesize data on tax delinquency and code enforcement to better track problem property owners.
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Happy Hanukkah!

A few hours late for the start, but…

City Council Introduces Dynamic Pricing For Parking

Pittsburgh City Council introduced dynamic pricing for parking meters in the City to start next year.  This measure will set rates according to the economics of supply and demand for areas that have high rates of traffic.  Please note that these rates are adjustable and can fluctuate.

In order to address concerns about the negative impact on Downtown businesses, Councilman Lavelle has provided amendments to help alleviate this change.  The original version of the ordinance saw nighttime enforcement of parking meters in Downtown extend to 10 pm; however, the District 6 Councilman Dan Lavelle raised questions to eliminate this change and keep enforcement until 6 pm . This measure succeeded in passing, subsequently keeping enforcement until 6 pm.  To see a copy of the final language for the ordinance, please click here.


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Pgh And 10 Other Cities Join Citizenship Initiative

On Monday Pittsburgh and 10 other cities will formally join Cities for Citizenship, an initiative launched by Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago in partnership with Citi, the founding corporate partner, which aims to increase citizenship among eligible U.S. permanent residents to forge more inclusive and economically robust cities.

Leading officials from Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chattanooga, Denver, Milwaukee, Nashville, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. will announce their active participation in this growing initiative at a special event during the National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC 2014).

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Life in Pittsburgh: Secrets from Steel City

Life in Pittsburgh: Secrets from Steel City
Each month the BBC Pop Up team embeds in a new city. In November they travelled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Residents described to the BBC what it means to be from the city.


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New City Dept Approved To Oversee Bldg Inspections And Permitting

Mayor William Peduto’s plan to overhaul the Bureau of Building Inspection and make it more efficient for neighborhoods, businesses and city residents was finally approved today by Pittsburgh City Council.
The new Department of Permits, Licenses & Inspections — to be overseen by current BBI Chief Maura Kennedy — will keep working closely with Public Safety bureaus while also upgrading technology and establishing a modern permitting department better suited to a growing city.
Read more about it:

“Home Lost” Sew-in for quilts Fri, 12/5 – 1pm to 7pm – United Way 1250 Penn Ave

Help provide quilts for people in a housing crisis this winter Join CHS, the United Way of Allegheny County, Annie and Griffin of the Home Lost Project this December 5th for the 2nd annual Home Lost Sew-in.  They’re looking to recruit 150 volunteers to gather t-shirts, cut them into squares, and sew them together into quilts that they can share with people CHS serves through our housing programs and street outreach. The Sew-in will be held at the United Way’s offices at 1250 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Adults, teens and children 8 and older are welcome to help. Sewing or quilting skills not required!
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West Oakland Light Up Night – THIS Fri 12/5 6:30-8:30pm 202 Robinson St

West Oakland Light Up Night!
Friday, Dec 5th
6:30-8:30 @ The Corner, 202 Robinson Street
Christmas carols, LIVE music performance by Anqwenique Wingfield, crafts and Santa’s Workshop for kids to buy gifts for family, the 2nd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest, hot chocolate and cookies!!! You can experience all of this at West Oakland’s Light Up Night, Friday, Dec. 5th at 6:30 at The Corner, 200 Robinson Street. This event is FREE and open to all.

Job listing links

Listing links:
​Two job fairs:
  • Rite Aid Job Fair| Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 12:00 pm—6:00 pm This job
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    fair will be held at 519 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

  • Coast to Coast Job Fair| Tuesday, January 20, 2014 from 11:00 am—2:00 pm This
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    career fair will be held at La Quinta Inn and Suites located at 4859 McKnight Road,


    Pittsburgh, PA 15237. 


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Public Mtg Review Of UPMC 10 Year Plan – Tue 12/9 6-8pm, 294 Semple St

Tuesday, December 9th
6pm – 8pm
Oakland Career Center
294 Semple Street
Hear from UPMC representatives about the latest revisions to the master plan. UPMC will present this plan to the City of Pittsburgh Planning Commission at a hearing on December 16th at 2pm at 200 Ross Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.


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Receive Planning Commission And Zoning Board Of Adjustment Agendas Via Email

To receive the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment agendas via email, please contact Dolores Hanna at dolores.hanna@pittsburghpa.gov or 412-255-2473.  Please specify which agenda (or both).  Please note that the agendas are also available online here for Planning Commission and here for Zoning Board of Adjustment. 


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