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Money Flows Larimer's Way

Posted by C. Matthew Hawkins on July 2, 2014 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Two weeks ago we were discussing, on these pages of Homewood Nation, whether or not President Obama should have made a swing through Pittsburgh’s African American neighborhoods to wave at his most ardent and unapologetic supporters as he visited the Tech Shop in Bakery Square. At the time I said that I thought that the president made frequent trips to Southwestern Pennsylvania to streng...

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BUSINESS: Being About It

Posted by Elwin Green on June 20, 2014 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Crunched for time here, so this will brief and informal...


If you are a business owner in Homewood, whether your operate your business online, from a home office, or in a storefront, and you have not yet participated in any of the meetings that are happening NOW (not the ones that happened XXX years ago) to form a Homewood Business Association, then you need to check out the process underway.


The meetings, which began last month, are being facilitated by Ma...

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An Hour With The President

Posted by Elwin Green on June 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (2)



I went into today's event at TechShop with a rough outline of expectations of how things would go with President Obama.


He did not follow my script.


He led with an announcement about the capture of Abu Khatalla, an alleged mastermind...

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BUSINESS: Business Grant Competition Winners Announced

Posted by Elwin Green on May 23, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Jubilant winners in Urban Innovation21's grant competitions crowd the stage of the Kaufmann Auditorium at Hill House.


by Jose A. Diaz

 

The owners of 10 Homewood businesses have been awarded a total of $100,000 in grants by Urban Inno...

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Homewood 2014: A bumpy start

Posted by Elwin Green on January 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (2)

For lovers of Homewood, the year 2014 has gotten off to a dramatic, intriguing, challenging start.


On January 6, Homewood artist and poet Vanessa German thrilled attendees at Mayor Bill Peduto's inauguration with a spoken word piece that brought the audience at Heinz Hall to their feet, and that made me, watching it with my wife on TV, want and wish to be the kind of neighbor, the kind of Pittsburgher, that she ...

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Beyond Racial Pride: The Growing Wealth Gap

Posted by C. Matthew Hawkins on April 28, 2013 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (1)


It is understandable why Black Americans take pride in the historic milestone of participating in the election of the nation's first African American president 5 years ago, and his re-election last year.


Barack Obama's election was a serious blow to the ideology of "white supremacy", which used to be the conventional "wisdom" in American social and politica...

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Passionate speakers address full house at gun forum

Posted by Elwin Green on April 26, 2013 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The community forum on gun violence convened by State Rep. Ed Gainey brought a full house to the auditorium of the Homewood Carnegie Library last night:




Speakers included Wilkinsburg Police Chief Ophelia "Cookie" Coleman, who had an entire career on the Pittsburgh force before going to Wilkinsburg; Zone 5 Commander Timothy O'Connor and Rob Conroy, Western Pennsylvan...

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A community meeting on gun violence

Posted by Elwin Green on April 18, 2013 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (1)


Homewood artist Vanessa German addresses the audience at last night's meeting on gun violence at the Carnegie Library-Homewood.


About 50 people came out last night for a community meeting on gun violence sponsored by the Black Women's Empowerment Institute.

 

Speakers for the program included Zone 5 police commander Timothy O'Connor, Tim Stevens of the Black Polit...

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Homewood Business Grant Competition Update

Posted by Elwin Green on April 13, 2013 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (2)

The grant competition launched earlier this year by Urban Innovation21 marked another milestone today. Noon was the deadline for business owners to submit their applications for the grants, after going through four training sessions, the last of which was last week.


I haven't spoken yet with any of my classmates to learn what this proce...

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The Homewood Chronicles

Oct. 2005 - March 2010

Reports from a community in transition

In October 2005, after a bullet came through his living room window, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Elwin Green began writing "My Homewood," the first blog on the P-G's website. For 4 1/2 years, "My Homewood" shared stories of tragedy and beauty, of perplexity and hope - stories that live again in "The Homewood Chronicles."

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