Essential Pittsburgh
12:05 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Friday Rundown: Using Land Banks to Fight Blight and College Football Unionizing?

Making it easier to re-purpose blighted properties before they become a neighborhood nuisance.
Making it easier to re-purpose blighted properties before they become a neighborhood nuisance.
Credit Peter Pawlowski / Flickr

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Pittsburgh Land Bank
Supporters of the concept of land banks say the idea is to create a system to get abandoned properties publicly inventoried and marketed for re-use by neighbors, community groups, developers or realtors. We'll talk with city councilors Deb Gross and Corey O'Connor about Pittsburgh's land bank plans.

Play for Pay?
The National Labor Relations Board says that scholarship football players are employees with the right to unionize. Should student-athletes be treated as employees of a college or university? We'll pose that question to United Steel Workers Union President Leo Gerard and former NFL player and current agent Ralph Cindrich.

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