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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 (67)

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 (148)

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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