Garfield http://wesa.fm en First Grocery Store Since 1987 Set To Open In Garfield http://wesa.fm/post/first-grocery-store-1987-set-open-garfield <p>Garfield has not had its own grocery store since 1987, but that's going to change Thursday with the opening of a Bottom Dollar Food.</p><p>The store will be located at 5200 Penn Ave. on the same site of the neighborhood’s previous grocery store, a Giant Eagle.</p><p>Richard Swartz, executive director of the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, said the neighborhood has several convenience stores, but residents need an actual grocery store.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:41:40 +0000 Jessica Nath 30327 at http://wesa.fm How Neighborhoods Are Using New Tools In The Fight Against Old Blight http://wesa.fm/post/how-neighborhoods-are-using-new-tools-fight-against-old-blight <p>Like many older industrial cities, the Pittsburgh region has its share of blight. According to the most recent data from the 2010 census, there are more than 50,000 vacant houses in Allegheny County.</p><p>For more than a century, federal, state and city governments have tried to address the issue. Today, a new generation of tools is being used in attempts to clean up blighted neighborhoods.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 10:55:01 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 30057 at http://wesa.fm How Neighborhoods Are Using New Tools In The Fight Against Old Blight Neighborhood Resurgence Should Not Eliminate Affordable Housing http://wesa.fm/post/neighborhood-resurgence-should-not-eliminate-affordable-housing <p>Many Pittsburgh neighborhoods are experiencing a resurgence in new development. As new homes and businesses take shape, affordability for the working class.</p><p>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Diana Nelson Jones and Richard Swartz, Executive Director of <a href="http://www.pcrg.org/programs/vacant-property-working-group-vpwg/">Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation</a> discuss ways to motivate developers to build low-cost housing. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:25:37 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23559 at http://wesa.fm Neighborhood Resurgence Should Not Eliminate Affordable Housing Walking Tour of Garfield Highlights Struggles, Opportunities http://wesa.fm/post/walking-tour-garfield-highlights-struggles-opportunities <p>The newly-formed Garfield chapter of Action United led state and local government representatives on a walking tour Thursday of the neighborhood that, like others in Pittsburgh, is struggling with the effects of blight.</p><p>&ldquo;Safety, roads, sidewalks, things for the kids to do,&rdquo; said Marquise Williams, chapter president, &ldquo;I feel like if kids had more to do a lot of the crime and a lot of the stuff would decline because there&rsquo;s more activities for the kids to do.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 19:41:40 +0000 Deanna Garcia 17585 at http://wesa.fm Walking Tour of Garfield Highlights Struggles, Opportunities