Hill District http://wesa.fm en Years in the Planning – Hill District Grocery Store Opens for Business http://wesa.fm/post/years-planning-hill-district-grocery-store-opens-business <p></p><p>A large crowd gathered outside of the Shop n&rsquo; Save in the Hill District on ribbon cutting day Thursday; many of the people have waited a long time for a full-service grocery store in the neighborhood and now they have one.</p><p>&ldquo;This is not something that&rsquo;s been a day or a week in waiting, or even a month or a year, this is something that&rsquo;s been decades in the making and it&rsquo;s finally come to fruition,&rdquo; said Michael Jasper, chairman of the Hill House Association Board.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:19:14 +0000 Deanna Garcia 18303 at http://wesa.fm Years in the Planning – Hill District Grocery Store Opens for Business Penguins Ready to Submit Arena Development Plan http://wesa.fm/post/penguins-ready-submit-arena-development-plan <p>Three years after the final event at the Civic Arena — a James Taylor/Carole King reunion concert — and 15 months after the demolition of the arena was completed, the Pittsburgh Penguins are nearly ready to submit their plan for reuse of that site.</p><p>The deal that kept the Penguins from leaving town included the building of a new facility, the Consol Energy Center, and the development rights for the 28 acres on which the old arena and parking lots sat.</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Kevin Gavin 12599 at http://wesa.fm 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 City Council News With Noah http://wesa.fm/post/city-council-news-noah <p></p><p>Legislation to change the powers of the <a href="http://cprbpgh.org">Citizen Police Review Board</a> is up for a final vote on Thursday. &nbsp;Currently, the CPRB&nbsp;reviews new police policies&nbsp;<em>after</em> they are implemented, but the new legislation would alter this system resulting in the board reviewing &nbsp;policies&nbsp;<em>before</em> they take effect. Sponsoring Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess, who originally wanted to publish an abridged version of the police rule book&nbsp;until it was found to be against state law, says he's hoping to use the CPRB as the "eyes and ears" of the public regarding police policies.</p><p> Mon, 20 May 2013 15:23:50 +0000 Katie Blackley 9850 at http://wesa.fm City Council News With Noah