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Council approves amended land bank proposal - 2

Posted by Elwin Green on April 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

My friend and former colleague, Diana Nelson Jones, asked me on Facebook what I think. I have not yet read the legislation as passed, only the stories about it that I referred to in the previous post. After I've read it, I may have more to say, but here's what I have for now; 

I think a land bank is basically a good idea. The degrees o...

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Council approves amended land bank proposal - 1

Posted by Elwin Green on April 10, 2014 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Pittsburgh's City Council has passed an amended version of a land bank bill that has been the subject of controversy since it was introduced in January.

The Post-Gazette account of yesterday's action by Council notes that it required some last-minute negotiating:

"...as late as 8 p.m. Tuesday, council members ...

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Another Saturday In The Hood - Part 1

Posted by Elwin Green on March 29, 2014 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

This afternoon, The Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) held a block party at The Hub, an early childhood learning center on Kelly Street.

The Westinghouse marching band was there:

Chelsea the Possum was there, courtesy of the Animal Rescue League:

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A Decisive Moment, A Simple Request

Posted by Elwin Green on March 28, 2014 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (1)

On April 1, 2010, I launched the Homewood Nation website as the successor to "My Homewood," the Post-Gazette's first blog, which began on October 3, 2005.


So, Homewood Nation is close to finishing its fourth year; and I have been writing about Homewood for nearly 8 1/2 years.


Today I posted a status on Facebook inviting people to make greater use of Homewood Nation - specifically, by using "Homewood Happenings," the community calendar.


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A conversation with the Pittsburgh Police

Posted by Jeffrey Sanders on March 25, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Jeffrey Sanders is a Homewood Nation member.

Hello everyone. My name is Jeffrey Sanders. I am neither a resident of Homewood nor of Pittsburgh. Heck, I'm not even a resident of Pennsylvania for that matter, but rather a small town in Northwestern Ohio called Defiance. The fact of the matter is that my wife and I have fallen in love with Pittsburgh and plan to take up residence in the Pittsburgh area in a year or so.

You see, about three y...

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Lighthouse students shine

Posted by Elwin Green on March 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

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The Lighthouse Xclusive Steppers perform at Westinghouse

Last night, students in the Lighthouse Project at Westinghouse High School put some of their newly-acquired skills on display for parents and other members of the community


Part of the Lighthouse s...

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FEBU: "Homewood Nation Presents"

Posted by Elwin Green on March 6, 2014 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (4)

In the quest to enable more empowering and delightful conversations in and about Homewood, Homewood Nation is launching a series of events under the title, "Homewood Nation Presents."


Homewood Nation Presents will include both real-life and online events offering conversations with smart people on fascinating topics.


The real-life events will take place in a variety of venues. The online events will use Google Plus as a platform for broad...

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BUSINESS: Opportunity knocks; Homewood sleeps?

Posted by Elwin Green on March 1, 2014 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

On Thursday, I met with Harry Geyer, proprietor of The Wheel Mill. the indoor bike park on Hamilton Avenue. When he announced plans to create the park in April 2012, I wrote a piece ...

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BUSINESS: Opportunity knocks; Homewood answers

Posted by Elwin Green on March 1, 2014 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Entrepreneurs (l-r) Dwight Mayo (Transportation Solutions), Ken Ross (Artistry Greenscape), Tracey Carter (Shear Delight Beuty Salon), and Naomi Johnson (Something Borrowed Boutique) shared insights at Urban Innovation21's orientation for its business grant competition.

Opportunity knocked on Homewood's door this morning, and some two dozen entrepreneurs got out of bed to a...

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Land Bank Proposal Generates Controversy - Part 2

Posted by Elwin Green on February 17, 2014 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (5)


Okay folks, apology time. Last time out, I said that Part 2 would cover PCRG executive director Ernie Hogan's take on the land bank, Malik Bankston's critique of Councilman Burgess' presentation at Council, and Councilwoman Deb Gross' reponses to critiques of the bill.


In short, I overpromised. Mr. Hogan and Ms. Gross will show up here later. Today's offering features some observations by Malik Bankston, executive director of Kingsley Association.


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