Homewood http://wesa.fm en Context Controls Decision in Jordan Miles Trial http://wesa.fm/post/context-controls-decision-jordan-miles-trial <p>Four years after an altercation between three Pittsburgh police officers and CAPA High School student Jordan Miles, eight jurors <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/jury-reaches-mixed-decision-jordan-miles-suit">reached a split verdict</a>&nbsp; Monday.</p><p>The officers were found guilty on the charge of false arrest of Miles, but not guilty in the charge of excessive force.</p><p>Miles was awarded monetarily for his injuries, but many are still concerned about the result of the trial.</p><p>University of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris explained one of the most confusing elements the verdict -- if Miles was falsely arrested, shouldn’t <em>any </em>force be considered excessive?&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:18:52 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26839 at http://wesa.fm Context Controls Decision in Jordan Miles Trial Jury Reaches Mixed Decision in Jordan Miles Suit http://wesa.fm/post/jury-reaches-mixed-decision-jordan-miles-suit <p></p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:47:15 +0000 Deanna Garcia 26768 at http://wesa.fm Jury Reaches Mixed Decision in Jordan Miles Suit How The Homewood Children's Village Is 'Re-Weaving the Fabric of the Community' http://wesa.fm/post/how-homewood-childrens-village-re-weaving-fabric-community <p>In the 19th century, wealthy white Pittsburghers, including&nbsp;George Westinghouse and Andrew Carnegie, created estates in Homewood, which was a pastoral and welcome respite from the foul air generated by the industry.&nbsp;</p><p>By 1940, the population was diverse, middle class and about five times larger than it is now.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:10:04 +0000 Charlee Song 25978 at http://wesa.fm City Looks to East Liberty Model for Transit-Oriented Development in Homewood http://wesa.fm/post/city-looks-east-liberty-model-transit-oriented-development-homewood <p></p><p>Homewood, once the home of Andrew Carnegie and George Westinghouse, has had more than its share of economic troubles in recent decades.</p><p>According to data available from <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/snap/published_data.htm">PGHSNAP</a>, Homewood had a population of nearly 31,000 people in 1940. By 2010, that number had decreased 79 percent to 6,442. In 2009, the median income was just under $20,000, and in 2010, 46 percent of residents were living under the poverty level.</p> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 13:42:22 +0000 Liz Reid 24856 at http://wesa.fm City Looks to East Liberty Model for Transit-Oriented Development in Homewood 29 Tablets Bringing Electronic Manufacturing to Homewood http://wesa.fm/post/29-tablets-bringing-electronic-manufacturing-homewood <p>In Homewood Friday, a symposium called 29 Tablets was dedicated to the possibility of manufacturing tablet computers in Homewood. It's the first in a series of community-oriented symposiums.</p><p>The leaders of this project, Andrew Thornhill, founder of Thornhill &amp; Studio and Elwin Green, of the hyperlocal news site <a href="http://www.homewoodnation.com/">Homewood Nation</a>, say the concept would benefit of entrepreneurs and bring diverse job creation to the struggling neighborhood. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:25:56 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 22639 at http://wesa.fm 29 Tablets Bringing Electronic Manufacturing to Homewood Zappala Withdraws Charges Against Pittsburgh Teacher http://wesa.fm/post/zappala-withdraws-charges-against-pittsburgh-teacher <p>A day before a scheduled preliminary hearing, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala announced he's dropping charges against a Pittsburgh teacher who was arrested outside a meeting about police/community relations.</p><p>Dennis Henderson, a 38-year-old teacher at the Manchester Academy Charter School, was arrested June 26 in Homewood after leaving a Community Empowerment Association meeting. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 19:11:29 +0000 Kevin Gavin 12808 at http://wesa.fm Burgess: Blight in Homewood Could Spread http://wesa.fm/post/burgess-blight-homewood-could-spread <p>More than 40 percent of land parcels and 30 percent of houses in Homewood are vacant. That’s according to research from the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Urban and Social Research.<br><br>A town hall meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday in Homewood at the Carnegie Library to address the issue of blight, demolition of housing and land banking in that neighborhood. Pittsburgh Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess is hosting the forum, and he said there has been talk for years about addressing the problem of vacant and abandoned properties, but there’s been little action.<br> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Kevin Gavin 11876 at http://wesa.fm New Community Center, Several Initiatives Aim to Revitalize North Homewood http://wesa.fm/post/new-community-center-several-initiatives-aim-revitalize-north-homewood <p></p><p>Several years ago, a Family Dollar store was set to open on Frankstown Avenue in Homewood. The building was built, but the chain pulled out, deciding not to locate a store there.</p><p>The building has stood vacant since. The Homewood Renaissance Association (HRA) is hoping to breathe new life into it and the community by converting the space into a new community center.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 17:56:16 +0000 Deanna Garcia 11803 at http://wesa.fm New Community Center, Several Initiatives Aim to Revitalize North Homewood Restore or Demolish? What To Do About Pittsburgh's Vacant Properties? http://wesa.fm/post/restore-or-demolish-what-do-about-pittsburghs-vacant-properties <p></p><p>Should vacant buildings in Homewood be <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/b-pep-asks-pittsburgh-city-council-for-special-meeting-on-property-demolitions-689520/#ixzz2UoldKVtK">renovated or demolished</a>? How about other Pittsburgh neighborhoods with blight? Tim Stevens, CEO and chairman of the Black Political Empowerment Project, has called for many of the buildings to be refurbished by workers enrolled in training programs rather than continuing with demolition.&nbsp; They're now <a href="http://www.b-pep.net/">gathering community input</a> on what to do with vacant buildings. C. Matthew Hawkins, a<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">djunct faculty member in the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh,</span>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com/index.php/featured-news/metro/13415-rehabilitation-or-demolition-which-path-for-homewood-and-hill-district-community-development">recently wrote about</a> the idea of a moratorium in Homewood and the Hill District.</p><div style="border: currentColor; text-align: left; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); overflow: hidden; text-decoration: none; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">What do you think of the potential moratorium on demolition in poor communities requested of Pittsburgh city council? Fri, 31 May 2013 01:08:42 +0000 Heather McClain 10521 at http://wesa.fm Group Wants Moratorium on Demolitions in Black Communities http://wesa.fm/post/group-wants-moratorium-demolitions-black-communities <p>B-PEP, the Black Political Empowerment Project, held a news conference Wednesday morning in Homewood to announce that the group has asked the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County for a moratorium on the demolition of structures in black communities.&nbsp;</p><p>B-PEP member William Anderson said the rapid demolition of properties that could easily be rehabbed is the beginning of gentrification that will force Homewood residents out. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 19:57:34 +0000 Charlee Song 10014 at http://wesa.fm Despite Opposition, Pittsburgh Council Passes Homewood Gunshot Detection System http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-council-passes-homewood-gunshot-detection-system-despite-opposition <p>Though called a "reactionary solution" and a "distraction" by its detractors, legislation to install a $1.15 million gunshot detection system in the violent neighborhood of Homewood passed Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday.</p><p>Each of the three bills passed 7-2, with Councilman Patrick Dowd and Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak the only members to vote against them.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:26:26 +0000 Noah Brode 8758 at http://wesa.fm