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
Pittsburgh City Council passes ordinance to allow city to regulate new modes of transportation

Pittsburgh City Council passes ordinance to allow city to regulate new modes of transportation

Pittsburgh City Council Monday passed an ordinance that would amend City Code and give the Director of the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure the authority to regulate mobility and transportation that takes place on public ways.

Monday, July 2, 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
Pittsburgh city council delays vote on building codes over accessibility concerns, moves ahead with contracting oversight

Pittsburgh city council delays vote on building codes over accessibility concerns, moves ahead with contracting oversight

Pittsburgh City Council delayed three bills on city building codes Wednesday after hearing from nearly two-dozen disability advocates — some themselves disabled — concerned about the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections’ adherence to the federal Americans With Disabilities Act.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
To fend off displacement, councilman suggests deed restrictions on city-owned land

To fend off displacement, councilman suggests deed restrictions on city-owned land

In response to growing concern from residents about displacement should Amazon make Pittsburgh its second home, Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 5) proposed legislation Tuesday placing deed restrictions on between 15 and 20 properties in Hazelwood.

With the former steel mill site of Hazelwood Green seen as a likely Amazon Headquarters location, O’Connor said the properties would be left to lower income residents to help keep them in the neighborhood.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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