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Homewood 2014: A bumpy start

Posted by Elwin Green on January 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (1)

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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THE ARTS: When A House Is Not (Just) A Home

Posted by Elwin Green on September 13, 2013 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Kevin Amos wants to rehab a house in Homewood to make it a hub of musical activity.

Picture, if you will, a house in Homewood. Like many others, it was built in the early 20th Century in the American Foursquare style - 2 1/2 stories, brick construction, with a living room, dining room and kitchen on the first floor and five bedrooms on the upper floors.


Imagine that t...

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Homewood at the Crossroads

Posted by C. Matthew Hawkins on June 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (10)

On Monday, June 24th the Black Political Empowerment Project convened a Homewood community discussion about how to deal with vacant or abandoned properties. The discussion was held at the neighborhood branch of Carnegie Library. Homewood Renaissance Association CEO Rev. Eugene Blackwell, Operation Better Block Executive Director Jerome Jackson, Rosedale Block Cluster Executive Director Diane Swann, and Community Empowerment Association CEO Rashad Byrdsong, were among the 50 community and non...

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: The role of personal change

Posted by Elwin Green on May 24, 2013 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I went to bed around 3 am last night.


These days, that's early for me.


So I woke up about 10, then did a morning writing exercise that I learned from author Luthor Cale in his book "33 Ways to Reboot Your Life." The exercise is to write three pages, first thing in...

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REAL ESTATE: An alternative path to a moratorium

Posted by Elwin Green on May 23, 2013 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (5)

The demolition of houses in Homewood is a complicated story, with multiple facets, so expect a number of follow-ups to yesterday's news.


Like this one.


This is about Race Street, and me, and different ways of doing things.


For those who don't know already, I am chair of the Save Race Street Committee, a resident group formed in November 2008 to make our street safer and more beautiful. Early in our work, we began experiencing the value ...

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Re-hab or Demolish? Reflections on a 30 year Controversy in Homewood Brushton

Posted by C. Matthew Hawkins on May 22, 2013 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (2)

It feels like Deja Vu: the Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP) is calling for a moratorium on the demolition of housing in low-income neighborhoods and Bill Peduto, the likely next mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, wants the city to have more arrows in its quiver, for urban development, than simply demolishing abandoned properties. Actually this ques...

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REAL ESTATE: B-PEP calls for moratorium on demolitions

Posted by Elwin Green on May 22, 2013 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (3)

(UPDATE: May 22, 2013, 2:36 p.m.) 

In a press conference held this morning in Homewood, members of the Black Political Empowerment Project joined with residents to call for a moratorium on the demolition of homes in largely Black and low-income neighborhoods in Pittsburgh and in Allegheny County..

The press conferences follows a letter that B-PEP sent to government officials last week expressing its concern.

In that letter, sent to Mayor Luke Rav...

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More hope. And even some outright joy.

Posted by Elwin Green on April 13, 2013 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (2)

Since I told you about the gunshots, I should tell you about the noise outside today. Music and some guy on a PA system that seems to carry for miles.

That's not a complaint, though. This time the noise signifies good news: the children of Homewood are getting a new playground today. Right now. On this used-to-be vacant lot runnning between Kelly Street and Zenith Way: 

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