Pittsburgh City Council hears opposition to needle exchange program

Pittsburgh City Council hears opposition to needle exchange program

Allegheny County has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic over the past few years, with the continued rates of drug overdoses causing concern for residents and elected officials alike.

Some people believe a way to stave off the long term consequences of intravenous drug use in particular could be through needle exchange programs like Prevention Point, a 20-year-old program that operates in neighborhoods throughout the city.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Divisive vote by council moves forward city purchase of former Art Institute of Pittsburgh building

Divisive vote by council moves forward city purchase of former Art Institute of Pittsburgh building

In another contentious move on a busy day, Pittsburgh City Council, in a tight 5-4 vote, approved the $40 million purchase of the former Art Institute of Pittsburgh building.

Located in the city’s rapidly developing Strip District, the building will serve as a new office space for city employees as well as the Pittsburgh Urban Housing Authority and Urban Redevelopment Authority. Previously the city’s housing authority, Urban Redevelopment Authority, and other city departments shared a jointly owned building for office space.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Over anger of advocates, Pittsburgh city council approves UPMC hospital expansion

Over anger of advocates, Pittsburgh city council approves UPMC hospital expansion

Much to the despair of community members, advocates and several elected officials, Pittsburgh City Council Tuesday approved by a 7-2 vote the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s request for a $2 billion dollar expansion.

Council approval came after weeks of public outcry from Pittsburgh residents who had issues with the health network’s treatment of its employees as well as the absence of a community benefits agreement, or community input in general, according to them.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburghers jam council chambers to express opposition to UPMC expansion plans

Pittsburghers jam council chambers to express opposition to UPMC expansion plans

More than a hundred registered speakers took to Pittsburgh City Council chambers to voice their opinions, largely skeptical, of a $2 billion expansion of a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospital — catching a few members' ears in the process.

UPMC, the multi-billion dollar health care and insurance enterprise, gained council’s approval in 2012 to expand its Mercy campus in Uptown — a rundown neighborhood sandwiched between downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland.

Thursday, July 19, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Councilmembers question money spent on outside law firms

Councilmembers question money spent on outside law firms

Weeks after being sworn into Pittsburgh City Council, Councilwoman Erika Strassburger (District 8) made good on a campaign promise.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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