Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Carnegie Music Hall
4400 Forbes Ave
Can Urban Agriculture Work on a Commercial Scale? From CityLab
This CityLab article explores how urban agriculture can work on a commercial scale. Is this something we can explore throughout Pittsburgh in places like Larimer and Homewood? The communities in the South Hilltop are exploring it now.
NEXTPittsburgh’s Profile of 5 Movers and Makers
Majestic Lane of JuiceUp 412. Photo by Brian Cohen via NEXTPittsburgh
Check out 5 people making Pittsburgh a more livable city for all in the latest edition of NEXTPittsburgh.
URBAN SYMBOLS: Landmarks orient our global sense of place!
Young people from YouthPlaces working on URA Urban Matters summer project are wrapping up their class work for their final project on land banking. They will continue work over the next eight weeks with their teaching artist, Alisha Wormsley, doing production of a short video to be presented in late September. Stay tuned….
Creative web development firms wanted for Waterfront One Stop, a one-stop shop for all waterfront permitting info.
The Waterfront One Stop website will be a dynamic website for water-related businesses seeking permits for waterfront work and development. Help us make this a clear and transparent process, and we’ll be one step closer to fully revitalizing NYC’s beautiful waterfront.
Interested applicants, please download the RFP here.
Beltzhoover Neighborhood Design Workshop at A Giving Heart Community Center - Facilitated by Mary Taylor, UDREAM fellow and Naomi Ritter, Urban Innovation 21 intern (immediately above) on behalf of Beltzhoover residents, Pittsburgh Council President Bruce Kraus, the Office of Mayor Bill Peduto and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. A special thanks to the Design Center of Pittsburgh, A Giving Heart Community Center and Dr. Jamil Bey for making this a successful event.
Detroit - Day 1 Dunkin Donuts
I’m at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit. I wanted to attend the “Maker Movement Reshaping Community in New Mexico” session, but it was full. So I am sitting here reflecting on my morning journey through Detroit to Dunkin Donuts.
I am addicted to Dunkin Donuts. My quest for Dunkin Donuts when I travel outside of Pittsburgh takes me to some interesting places. The closest DD to me was closed. I hopped into the car and drove around the area near Wayne State University, where I’m staying for the weekend. No luck. I headed north. This is my first time in The D in over 30 years, and I’m looking at this city with fresh eyes.
The first part of my journey took me by blocks and blocks and eventually a few miles of fast food places, liquor-check cashing-beer-lotto-wine outlets and fish fry stores along the amazingly grand boulevard, Woodward Avenue. There are a lot of these wonderfully grand streets for the millions of residents, commuters and visitors who used to traverse the city. But today at 9:00am on a Saturday morning, the streets were virtually empty. I spotted a few pedestrians and cyclists, all African American. I knew were I was. But no DD. I finally pulled over to map the nearest one- it was a 12 minute drive to 14900 E 8 Mile Road. I had about two hours until my first session at the conference, so why not, right?
I headed down a side street through what I think was the Highland Park neighborhood. I immediately thought of a Pittsburgh neighborhood with the same name. It could not have been more different. The blight jumps out at you. The road was a bumpy patchwork of what were intended to be temporary fixes to potholes. Most houses I passed were vacant, some boarded up and decaying, trees and weeds all around them. The lots were full of green- bushes, weeds, bushes of weeds. The few residents that lived there seemed to make a concerted effort to maintain the structural integrity of their homes, regularly mowed the lawn…. I immediately thought of my own street in The Hill District. I knew where I was.
A few miles on I-75 brought me to 8 Mile Road. A bit more traffic. More businesses- auto-body shops, the Warren Chrysler Plant, a Chinese take-out joint. Still an eerily quite Saturday drive. I finally arrived at my destination at 8 Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue. It was a bustling intersection of cars. Not many pedestrians. But what was I expecting in a city built the automobile industry? No, Detroit is not pedestrian friendly.
I finally arrived at my destination. I walked into the DD- relieved to have stopped driving. Happy to see the table of older African American men, animated and obviously disgusted about some sports-related trade. No line and immediate coffee. I went back to the car and just observed the intersection. White Castle (I am going back for that!), next to a fairly newish shopping center and gas stations. I jumped back in the car. I just drove 9 miles to get coffee. I was saddened about my obsession, but glad I got to see a different part of the city. Suburbia. I knew where I was.
Siri took me down 4 miles of Gratiot Avenue on my return trip to the conference. I didn’t know where I was! Blocks and blocks of closed businesses. People casually walked across the 8 lanes of “highway” because there were barely any cars on the road. The few traffic lights that exist are synchronized so drivers have fewer stops. The speed limit is 35MPH. One could breeze right through this place and not look up until they reached downtown. This was a major thoroughfare! No one has to look up and see what Detroit looks like. It was shocking at first. But in some ways it’s become normal, okay for many. I’m still processing the experience. All I can say now is I definitely have a new perspective on traffic light synchronization and city speed limits. More to come…..