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You’re Invited to One Northside Quarterly Meeting

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Please come join us at the next One Northside Quarterly Meeting on Tuesday, November 13th at CoLab18 (100 S Commons, Suite 100 – inside Nova Place).

We’ll introduce One Northsdie 2.0, discuss the five pillars: Education, Employment, Place, Health and Safety, provide information on progress-to-date, ask for feedback on current projects and welcome suggestions for future initiatives.  This will be a working meeting, so please come with your thinking caps on.

Light refreshments and snacks will be served at 5:30 pm and the meeting will start promptly at 6:00 pm.

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Please confirm your attendance by RSVP.

See you in November!

“Is civilization possible in a nation where discrimination has such deep roots?”

City of Asylum (2018)

Sembène – The Film & Art Festival Presents

Sweet Country

Monday, October 22nd
7:00 pm

Based on true events, Sweet Country makes brilliant use of the Australian outback of the 1920s as the setting for a hard-hitting story that satisfies as a character study as well as a sociopolitical statement.

Set in 1929 Australia, this film follows Sam, a middle-aged Aboriginal man who works for a preacher in Australia’s Northern Territory. When Harry (a bitter war veteran) moves into a neighboring outpost, the preacher sends Sam and his family to help Harry renovate his cattle yards. But Sam’s relationship with the cruel and ill-tempered Harry quickly deteriorates, culminating in a violent shootout in which Sam kills Harry in self-defense.

Sweet Country

“This shrewdly observed story asks another question: Is civilization possible in a nation where discrimination has such deep roots?”—Washington Post 

As a result, Sam becomes a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man and is forced to flee with his wife across the deadly outback, through glorious but harsh desert country. A hunting party led by the local lawman Sergeant Fletcher is formed to track Sam down. But as the true details of the killing start to surface, the community begins to question whether justice is really being served.

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Discounted Tickets for Northsiders: On the Town

On The Town

October 19th – 21st

Resonance Works opens its sixth season celebrating the centennial of Leonard Bernstein with the brilliant score to his first Broadway success – On the Town! Set during WWII, On the Town follows the amorous adventures of three sailors on 24-hour shore leave in New York City. The revolutionary score boldly draws from diverse musical inspirations including jazz, spirituals, operetta, symphonic classicism, beautiful ballads and catchy tunes like the iconic songs “New York, New York,” “Lonely Town,” and “Some Other Time,” plus a plethora of purely orchestral music.

This concert version includes the entire original score, with narration by original collaborators Betty Comden and Adolf Green. Stage director Valerie Rachelle, Artistic Director of the Oregon Cabaret Theater, makes her Pittsburgh debut, working with a stellar cast of Resonance Works favorites, including Christopher Scott, Patrick McNally, Benjamin Robinson, Gillian Hassert, Rebecca Shorstein, Jonathan Stuckey, and Anna Singer. Members of The Brass Roots join forces with the Resonance Chamber Orchestra conducted by Artistic Director Maria Sensi Sellner.

You’re Invited

Northside residents and workers can get 20% off admission to On the Town. During check out, use the coupon code:

AlleghenyCity

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Lessons Learned from Post-Industrial Cities

City of Asylum (2018)

Remaking Post-Industrial Cities
with Don Carter

Tuesday, October 23rd
7:00 pm

How did different cities respond to the rapid collapse of “big industry” in the 1980’s? Are there lessons to be learned? What can we do now to create just, equitable communities?

Remaking Post-Industrial Cities

Don Carter — the David Lewis Director of Urban Design and Regional Engagement of the Remaking Cities Institute — examines the histories of 10 American and European cities, their metamorphoses, and their prospects for the future. In these case studies he identifies and expands on the factors he has found to be crucial to the resilience of post-industrial cities.

Carter’s work tackles problems we cannot avoid. Sharing lessons from the experience of different cities, he ultimately shows us how to take control over our future.

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August Wilson Center Presents: Familiar Boundaries. Infinite Possibilities

Familiar Boundaries, Infinite Possibilities

August Wilson Center Presents

Familiar Boundaries
Infinite Possibilities

October 8th – March 24th

August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Avenue

Familiar Boundaries. Infinite Possibilities, a group exhibition of regional, national and international contemporary artists, draws from themes that question society’s obsession with tradition, policing, consumption and indulgence.

Featured Artist

This exhibition in the galleries of the August Wilson Center provides the featured artists the opportunity to create spaces of joy, safety, healing and care for humanity and the environment.

City of Asylum will be hosting an artist workshop with Familiar Boundaries. Infinite Possibilities Lizania Cruz coming in 2019!

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Free Tickets for Northsiders: Migrant Liberation Movement Suite

Migration Suite

October 11th & 12th at 8:00 pm

Fusing soul and science, this multicultural jazz performance suggests that climate change is driving mass migration. Afro Yaqui Music Collective unites the music and stories of climate refugees from Mexico, Syria, and West Africa through jazz, dance, and theatre. Can we sow today’s revolutionary garden for tomorrow’s liberation?

You’re Invited

Northside residents and workers are invited to attend this performance for free. A limited number of tickets are available online, so reserve your seat today.

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Letter from the President – October 2018

Know what a MILLENNIAL is? Broadly defined as folks in their 20s and 30s, this large young segment of the population is being chased by every community and business in America. They are recognized correctly as the future: those who will bring vitality and shape the course of the nation across the next 50 years. The most popular yardstick of success among American municipalities is currently their ability (or inability) to attract this critical next generation of residents.

So imagine our delight in learning that IN ALL OF PENNSYLVANIA, the Allegheny West and Manchester zip code 15233 is second only to Lawrenceville (15201) in attracting millennial residents between 2011 and 2016 – increasing our share by 41.5% during that time. Our Zip Code is now 49% Millennial, with 644 as of 2016!

What we have in Allegheny West is exactly what these folks are seeking, and that is not by accident. Across more than half a century, the AWCC and its members have focused intensely on creating a neighborhood which preserved and enhanced its architectural and historic heritage, provided outstanding quality of life for those who live here, and a pleasant balance of local business and community amenities to serve those residents. From the beginning, the strategy was simple: if you build it, they will come. They have, and they continue to do so in increasing numbers.

But as far as we’ve progressed, we certainly have plenty more to do.

Far too much of our neighborhood is vacant land, where surface parking lots generate enough money as an amenity for suburbanites on just ten days a year to prevent new homes and businesses from being built on those sites instead. Replacing the impacts of empty asphalt, congested traffic, and bad fan behavior with hundreds of new neighbors, new amenities, and much needed new tax revenue for our City continues to be a long awaited priority.

Inappropriate and disruptive uses continue to impact their neighbors, important buildings continue to deteriorate in the hands of unconcerned absentee owners, and the lure of a quick buck continues to attract speculators whose greed is conveniently oblivious to how their neighbors are affected. All of these require consistent and aggressive vigilance, as well as progressive development to counter them.

Staying on mission has always been a challenge – none of these issues is new. However, Allegheny West has always been extraordinarily effective at persistently overcoming all of those and more – just as we will continue to do going forward.

The Millennials have voted with their feet. And that’s a sure sign that we’ve been doing a lot right!

John DeSantis
President, AWCC

AWCC Membership Meetings – October 9, 2018

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave
Tuesday, October 9th at 7:30 pm

  • Visitors
    • Councilwoman Harris’s Office
    • Mayor Peduto’s Office
    • Representative Wheatley’s Office
    • Zone One Police
    • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • New Neighbors & Guests
  • Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Membership
  • Ways and Means
    • Showcase Wine Event (September 15) – Report
    • 2018 Alleys, Axles & Ales (September 29) – Report
    • Christmas Candlelight House Tour (December 7-8)
  • Friends of Allegheny West
    • Clean Up
  • Property
  • Housing and Planning
    • Allegheny Commons Proposed Implementation Plan
    • CCAC New Building: Ridge at Brighton
    • Western Avenue Revitalization, Electric
    • Light of Life Ridge Avenue Project
    • Expansion of Historic District
    • Historic District Enforcement Issues (old cases)
    • Comprehensive Guidelines for New Construction on Vacant Sites
    • Airbnb Issues/Impacts on AW
    • Railroad Bridge Replacements, Double Stack Train Impacts
  • Northside Leadership Conference
  • Nominating Committee
    • Proposed Slate November Election
  • Other Business (Old & New)

Discussion on the Allegheny Commons Master Plan 2018 Update

Submitted by Tim Zinn

The Housing and Planning Committee has identified several areas of concern in the 2018 Allegheny Commons Master Plan. Although this topic has been discussed at past general membership meetings, the committee would like to revisit these concerns at the October 9th meeting in order to form a consensus opinion for submission to the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. The committee has identified the following concerns with the current master planning document:

West Commons and the Grove

  • The introduction of a “water feature” in the historic location of the West Commons fountain — we continue to advocate that the original fountain be restored. We will not support a wet play area, splash pool, or bog area.
  • Family sized shelter to be constructed in place of center tennis court.
  • Expansion of the play area–we agree that the existing play area is in need of drainage improvements.
  • Introduction of meadow plantings that will diminish the lawn feature of the park, which has been, since its inception, an important character-defining feature of the commons.

North West Commons and Lake Elizabeth

  • Additions of plantings inside the border of Lake Elizabeth
  • Lowering of water level of Lake Elizabeth
  • Storm water management of street water runoff discharging into the park including into Lake Elizabeth.
  • Construction of new Lake Elizabeth pavilion at the south corner of the lake with amenities such as a cafe. There should be no destination restaurants in the park. If a pavilion is to be constructed, it should be in the historic location of the Lake Elizabeth boathouse, which was between Lake Elizabeth and the Aviary, and should be a faithful reconstruction of that building.

PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh at Alloy 26

Submitted by Greg Coll

Co-organized by our own Greg Coll in collaboration with AIA Pittsburgh, AIGA Pittsburgh and Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, PechaKucha Nights are informal, fun gatherings held in more than 1,000 cities worldwide, where creative people share their ideas, work, and thoughts in a 20×20 format; a presentation style with 20 images that advance automatically for 20 seconds each, as the presenter talks along with the images.

  • Thursday, October 11, 2018 – Doors open at 6:00 pm. Presentations begin at 6:30 pm. The event normally ends by 8:00 pm.
  • $15 admission includes food and open bar!
  • Tickets are available on site on event night or purchase in advance at aiapgh.ticketleap.com.

Our 10 presenters are (maybe you know some of them): Phyllis Kim, Claudia Berlinski, Charles Rosenblum, Kirsten Compitello + Group, Doug Dean, Jan Loney, Mary Cvetan, Julie Mallis, Mark Ramdarass, Rob Pfaffmann. Each will be presenting on a unique topic of their choice, so be ready for a night of surprises! Make sure you purchase your tickets, which include food and drink, for this event at Alloy 26!