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Pittsburgh City Councilwoman, Natalia Rudiak

01/16/2014 - Pittsburgh Considers Open Records

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak announced a proposal to make a wealth of information -- from the location of potholes, to building permits, to paving schedules -- available to the public on a new city website and for consumption by the tech community who could transform the data into useful apps.

"We want to blow the doors of this building open to provide information," Mr. Peduto said.

The legislation puts the onus on the city to proacti ...Read More

01/15/2014 - Pittsburgh Considers Land Bank

Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Deb Gross is proposing legislation that would the create a Land Bank for the city of Pittsburgh, a mechanism that could streamline the process of redeveloping tax-delinquent land, parcels that are often the blighted eyesores of communities. Ms Gross wants public input on many of the program's details.

Land Banks are quasi-governmental entities created by counties or municipalities to effectively manage and repurpose an inventory of underuse ...Read More

12/20/2012 - Fountain At The Point Ready In June

The fountain in Downtown's Point State Park, which has been shut off for repairs since April 2009, will resume operation in a ceremony set for June 7. The dedication ceremony, titled "Riverlights At The Point", will be free and open to the public and will take place on the first night of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.

When it returns to operation, the fountain will have a disappearing edge water feature inside the basin, a restored outer basin ring, new pumping equipment and ne ...Read More

D J Smulick talks to a customer in his specialty meats store.

12/17/2012 - Check Out The New Stores In Bloomfield

Slow but steady, Bloomfield is coming into "hipness" of its own.

Take DJ Specialty Sausage & Meats at 4623 Liberty Ave for example. D J Smulick, who lives in Bloomfield, was a chef at Cafe Sam, The Duquesne Club and Steelhead Grill before deciding to open up his own specialty butcher shop last summer. He buys local as much as possible and showcases his own sausages in the shop. Other than the fact that he does live in the neighborhood, Smulick choose to ...Read More

12/13/2012 - Latrobe's Claim To Fame .... Banana Split

Latrobe is seeking historical validation from the state for its claim as the birthplace of the banana split. The city recently applied to the Pennsylvania Historical Marker Program for approval of a plaque to recognize David E Strickler of Latrobe as inventing the banana split in 1904 and selling it in a downtown Latrobe drugstore, Tassell Pharmacy. Strickler lived from 1881 to 1971 and also created a special dish to display his banana split. He was ...Read More

Pittsburgh Real Estate
Jim Campbell of O'Hara design and construction firm, JWCampbell

12/11/2012 - O'Hara Business Distributing Earth-Friendly Sealant

Wow. Could pot holes be a thing of the past? Jim Campbell thinks so. Jim's Atlantic Technologies Group has partnered with manufacturer Castraga Products to distribute a sustainable sealant called called Ecodur 201.

Made primarily of gypsum and natural castor plant oils, the coating provides a self-polymerizing system that lasts longer and costs less than urethane products. Gypsum is one of the most plentiful products on earth and is 100% renewable.  ...Read More

Penguin's Pond
"Penguin's Pond" at Station Square

12/09/2012 -

From now through Jan 13th, Highmark Stadium at Station Square will become an ice skating rink open to the general public. The stadium is the future home of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds soccer team and Pittsburgh Passion women's football team. The rink is constructed atop a protected turf surface and skaters will be able to watch the stadium construction throughout the winter.

Rink hours for open general public skating will be from 11am - 5pm Monday through Thursd ...Read More

Pittsburgh Real Estate
Willis McCook Mansion on Fifth Avenue in Shadyside.

12/08/2012 - Transformation of Willis McCook Mansions Complete

Tuesday's public reception marked the completion of an 8-year restoration which transformed Shadyside's Willis McCook Mansion from a fire damaged property in 2004 to the first-class historic hotel that it is today. Mansions on Fifth , as it is now called, offers 22 spacious suites in a venue complete with world-class art, stained glass windows, an historic chapel, century old wine cellar and a comfortable library.

An industrialist and one of the nation’s first corporate ...Read More

Pittsburgh Real Estate

12/07/2012 - Mexican War Streets Historic District Expanded

Pittsburgh's Historic Review Commission approved the expansion of the Mexican War Streets' historic boundaries to match those set by the National Park Service in 2008. The change would more than double the 9-square-block area designated by the city in 1972.

Representatives of the Mexican War Streets Society and the Central Northside Neighborhood Council support the expansion for its potential to drive investment but also for the layer of protection it provides again ...Read More

Pittsburgh Real Estate

11/29/2012 - Growing Our Urban Forest

City neighborhoods with the least tree canopy will be inventoried this winter and next spring to implement Tree Pittsburgh's master plan for our urban forest. One of the plan's top priorities is to reach out to those communities who are lacking in greenery. The city's Shade Tree Commission recently granted Tree Pittsburgh $10,000 to begin a multi-phase project starting with 2,000 trees in the tree-poor neighborhoods.

Part of the Shade Tree Commissions' mandate is an accura ...Read More

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