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New Homewood Development Collaborative To Be Announced

Posted by Elwin Green on June 5, 2015 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (1)

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...

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Burgess Wins Primary

Posted by Elwin Green on May 19, 2015 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

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...

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"Guns for Opportunity" event TODAY

Posted by Elwin Green on April 6, 2015 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (1)

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...

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5 AND ALIVE - Happy Birthday, Homewood Nation

Posted by Elwin Green on April 1, 2015 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Today is Homewood Nation's 5th birthday!

When I launched it, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I was an experienced writer, but not an experienced editor, or publisher or sales person or manager. Consequently, things have at times been rough and/or messy. I've even quit. But then I came back, because I believe in the work. So Homewood Nation, as an ong...
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BridgingTheBusway dot huh?

Posted by Elwin Green on March 31, 2015 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

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...

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Wideman Returns To Pittsburgh

Posted by Elwin Green on March 27, 2015 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

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.

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DEVELOPMENT: Meetings Offer Opportunity For Engagement

Posted by Elwin Green on February 23, 2015 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

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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Emergency Meeting Tonight On Gun Violence And Its Causes

Posted by Elwin Green on February 13, 2015 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

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...

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TRID meeting #3, and...Happy New Year?

Posted by Elwin Green on January 28, 2015 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

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...

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Operation Better Block Announces 2015 Monthly Community Meetings

Posted by Toni McCl on January 15, 2015 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

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...

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