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RACE STREET: Committee celebrates fourth year; plan approved

Posted by Elwin Green on November 6, 2012 at 12:10 AM

The Save Race Street Committee celebrated its fourth year Saturday with an afternoon banquet at the Diverse Banquet Hall, 7202 Kelly Street.


About two dozen people attended the affair, including City Councilman William Peduto (8th District), and Homewood's Council representative, the Rev. Ricky V. Burgess.


In a portion of the program dedicated to the history of Race Street, attendees described what the street was like when they moved there - or when members of their family lived there, which was the case with Councilman Peduto, who read an email from his uncle:


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To view all of the "Race Street Memories" videos, visit the Homewood Nation channel on You Tube.


Councilman Burgess used the occasion of announce to the group his proposed legislation for the creation of a land bank that would allow the City to seize vacant properties. He said that he developed the legislation in response to complaints from constituents, whose number one issue during his term in office has been blight. (Video of Councilman Burgess is in preparation.)


Homewood contains 25 percent of Pittsburgh's vacant homes and lots, he said.


Residents in attendance unanimously approved a motion to accept "Race Street 2020," a vision document prepared by Urban Redevlopment Staff in response to ideas generated in a community meeting last November, as the community plan for the street. That plan will form the basis for the Save Race Street Committee's activity in 2013 and beyond.


"Race Street 2020" can be downloaded from the "Documents" page.

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2 Comments

Reply Karen
2:48 PM on November 5, 2012 
Congratulations to the residents of Race Street and the Save Race Street Committee on a memorable 4 year anniversary. We're looking forward to working with you throughout the next 4!
Reply Elwin Green
3:34 PM on November 5, 2012 
Thanks Ms. Abrams!