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
Pittsburgh waits for state review of new accessibility codes, passes on expanding animal control

Pittsburgh waits for state review of new accessibility codes, passes on expanding animal control

Pittsburgh City Council met Tuesday, agreeing to prod the state for further action on building accessibility codes, while also refusing a measure to use city resources in a small borough lying entirely within the city.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh council looks for ways to combat climate change

Pittsburgh council looks for ways to combat climate change

Pittsburgh City Council heard testimony from experts on the city’s ambitious, thrice-redrafted Climate Action Plan Tuesday.

Currently the plan includes reducing Pittsburgh’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, cutting transportation emissions in half by 2030 and divesting the city’s pension fund from fossil fuels. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
In search of gender gaps, Pittsburgh launches Gender Equity Commission

In search of gender gaps, Pittsburgh launches Gender Equity Commission

On the first day of Women’s History Month, Pittsburgh unveiled its Gender Equity Commission at a press conference Thursday.

The commission, authorized by legislation signed by Mayor Bill Peduto last year, will now attempt to “dismantle gender inequities in our city” according to commission Executive Director anupama jain.
Thursday, March 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
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