Urban Redevelopment Authority http://wesa.fm en 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 Urban Redevelopment Authority Facing Massive Cuts in 2014 http://wesa.fm/post/urban-redevelopment-authority-facing-massive-cuts-2014 <p>Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority is facing massive cuts under Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s proposed 2014 budget.</p><p>At a City Council budget hearing on Tuesday, Robert Rubenstein, acting executive director of the URA, said he was disappointed with the proposed budget’s $2.2 million cut to the authority’s budget.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:47:04 +0000 Liz Reid 20784 at http://wesa.fm Jim Ferlo 'Confident' No Wrongdoing at Urban Redevelopment Authority http://wesa.fm/post/jim-ferlo-confident-no-wrongdoing-urban-redevelopment-authority <p>State Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny) doesn’t believe federal investigators will find anything substantial from documents they’ve subpoenaed last week from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).</p><p>Ferlo currently sits on the board of the URA.</p><p>The subpoena comes after board chairman Yarone Zober, and the mayor’s chief of staff, testified Tuesday before a federal grand jury believed to be investigating whether Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is involved in funding irregularities.</p><p>Ferlo said he’s not sure what investigators are looking to find.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:17:20 +0000 Mark Nootbaar & Tim Camerato 16509 at http://wesa.fm Mayor's Right-Hand Man Testifies Before Grand Jury http://wesa.fm/post/mayors-right-hand-man-testifies-grand-jury <p>Last week Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s Chief of Staff, Yarone Zober spent more than an hour and half behind closed doors <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/pittsburgh-mayors-chief-of-staff-zober-considered-citys-chief-deal-sealer-702885/">testifying</a> before a grand jury.&nbsp;</p><p>The news follows reports that former Pittsburgh Chief of Police, Nate Harper will <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/region/federal-grand-jury-meeting-suspended-police-finance-manager-on-hand-680415/">plead guilty</a> to conspiracy and tax evasion for diverting funds from unauthorized accounts.&nbsp; Many believe the federal investigation aims to look into all elements of Mayor Ravenstahl’s personal life.</p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 20:12:20 +0000 Katherine Blackley 16434 at http://wesa.fm Mayor's Right-Hand Man Testifies Before Grand Jury Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted Out Cities http://wesa.fm/post/urban-alchemy-restoring-joy-americas-sorted-out-cities <p></p><p>In her new book <em>Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted Out Cities</em>, <a href="http://asp.cumc.columbia.edu/facdb/profile_list.asp?uni=mf29&amp;DepAffil=Psychiatry"><strong>Dr. Mindy Fullilove</strong></a> <a href="http://www.designcenterpgh.org/designallies/special-projects/dr-mindy-fullilove-lecture/">presents a psychiatrist’s views on how to fix the American city</a>. We'll discuss how a public health and well-being approach to urban planning and design can benefit neighborhoods and the people who live in them. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 22:01:24 +0000 Heather McClain 11026 at http://wesa.fm Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted Out Cities Tax Credits Could Spark Economic Development in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/tax-credits-could-spark-economic-development-pittsburgh <p>Pittsburgh Urban Initiatives (PUI) has been awarded $35 million in tax credits by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to help spur investments in the city’s low-income communities.</p><p>The New Markets Tax Credit Program began in 2000 and allows individual corporations and investors to receive a credit against their federal income tax in exchange for making equity investments in Community Development Entities such as the PUI.</p><p>Investors can then receive 39 percent of their total investment in credits over seven years.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 18:41:51 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss & Tim Camerato 8525 at http://wesa.fm City Agency to Apply for State Grants for Major Developments in Downtown, East Liberty http://wesa.fm/post/city-agency-apply-state-grants-major-developments-downtown-east-liberty <p>Pittsburgh's Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is working to snag $9.25 million in state grants for two major new projects in Downtown and the East End, as well as for two smaller developments in Oakland and the West End.</p><p>On Tuesday, the URA submitted to city council legislation that would allow the agency to apply for the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's budget office. The Corbett administration has already confirmed that the grants will be awarded if the enabling legislation passes council.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Noah Brode 7552 at http://wesa.fm City Agency to Apply for State Grants for Major Developments in Downtown, East Liberty