News Around the Neighborhood

Allegheny Circle Two Way Conversion Project Begins Monday

The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) is excited to announce that construction will begin for Phase 2 of the Allegheny Circle Two-Way Conversion Project on April 19, 2021. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

“Allegheny Circle” consists of four streets (North, East, South, and West Commons) in the Allegheny Center neighborhood that functioned for years as a 4-lane one-way ring road. Phase 1 of the project, completed in 2018, reduced the travel lanes from 4 to 2 and added a bi-directional cycle track on the inside of the circle and parking on the outside. Phase 2 of the project will finish the transformation of the circle from a vehicle-centric street to a neighborhood-scale, multi-modal, pedestrian friendly street.

The project will convert the street to two-way operations for vehicles, with one lane of traffic in each direction. The cycle track will be upgraded, and bicycle facilities will be extended to connect with existing facilities. The project will include upgrades to traffic signals, intersection modifications to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, upgraded curb ramps, new pavement markings and signage, and other miscellaneous construction.

Construction will generally occur during the week, Monday through Friday, during daylight hours. One lane of traffic along N, S, E, and W Commons will be maintained throughout the construction project. Detours will be implemented over the course of the project for East Ohio Street, North and South Federal Street, Ridge Avenue, Sandusky Street and Stockton Avenue. Advance notice will be given prior to detours being put in place.

A section of Ridge Avenue and East Ohio Street at Allegheny Commons will be closed beginning April 19, 2021 until early July 2021 as part of the Allegheny Circle Phase 2 (City of Pittsburgh) project.

The detour routes are as follows:

  • East Ohio Street: Cedar Avenue to East North Avenue to North Federal Street
  • Ridge Avenue: Arch Street to West North Avenue to North Federal Street

For more information about the project please see the project fact sheet located here (https://pittsburghpa.gov/domi/current-projects). If you have questions about this you may contact DOMI by email at patrick.bopp@pittsburghpa.gov, or by dialing 311 or 412-255-2621.

CSA 2021: Sunsum is Spirit

An Interdisciplinary Exploration of West African Mythology, Tradition and Migration

By Samuel Boateng
April 29-30

Sunsum is Spirit is an immersive experience that combines original music with traditional and contemporary African dance, movement and storytelling. This surrealist performance captures a life-changing journey through pre-independence Ghana. Three travelers set out to capture a malevolent spirit, and are thrown into a whirlwind of supernatural encounters. They hear rumors of sudden disappearances and kidnappings in neighboring towns, but have no idea these are signs of a new and expanding commerce — the Atlantic slave trade.

CSA 2021 Mark

PHLF: Lecture on Virgil Cantini’s Public Art

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Thurssday, April 22
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Fee: $5

This live virtual tour will be held via Zoom Conference. Click here to purchase a ticket and RSVP.

(You will receive an e-mail with a link to Zoom at 5:00 pm on the day of the lecture. Don’t see the e-mail? Please be sure to check your spam or junk folders. Log-in 15 minutes before the lecture’s scheduled start to ensure that it begins on time.)

Virgil Cantini Lecture

Virgil Cantini was an artist and sculptor best known for creating large works of public art in Pittsburgh in the middle part of the 20th Century. He aimed to make art free and accessible to all, as well as long-lasting, but the changing priorities in a dynamic city have caused many of his works to be relocated.

Holden Slattery interviewed Cantini for The Pitt News, and Cantini made such an impression on him that he chose to continue researching and writing about him more than a decade later. While working on a recently published essay about Cantini, Slattery learned much more about Cantini and the challenges to maintaining and preserving public art, as well as the advocates working to preserve it. In this lecture, Holden will share some of his findings in his more than a decade-long interest in Cantini and his work.

Letter from the President – April 2021

April is the cruelest…

Too easy

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You’re one month on, in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you’re two months back, in the middle of March.

 

Robert Frost
from Two Tramps in Mud Time (1926)

The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.

 

Mark Twain

April is here, after March flew by. It started with some snow that stuck around for a day or so. As I write this, it’s five days later and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. 

April is a month of renewal and growth. The crocuses are fading away, but the daffodils are up and the forsythia is blooming. For the gardeners among you, I note that Calvary UM Church is having its annual plant sale. They have both ornamental and vegetable plants for sale, but you must order by April 18. Delivery is in May, right around Mother’s Day (which I’m told is the magic date for safe planting). The sale flyer is being distributed in one of our e-Newsletters, courtesy of Linda Ehrlich. I believe Emmanuel Episcopal Church also has an annual plant sale, and as soon as I get details on that, I’ll spread the word like fine manure.

Speaking of which, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy just held its “What the Muck” cleanup event for Lake Elizabeth in the Allegheny Commons. As most of you know, that area has been be-fowled by the flock of geese that congregate there like politicians around your e-mail inbox in election season. Walking through the sidewalks near Lake Elizabeth is like dancing between the raindrops, but with a lot more downside. To combat this menace, the Allegheny Commons Initiative (chaired by our own Mariana Whitmer), along with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Northside Leadership Conference, and the City of Pittsburgh, is hiring a crew from the US Department of Agriculture. I’m sure we’ll get an update on the geese situation at the next AWCC membership meeting. Until then, stay vigilant and wipe your feet.

By the way, that next AWCC virtual membership meeting will be at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, April 13. It will be an exciting evening of geese stories from the PPC’s Erin Tobin, true crime reports from Zone One’s Officer Michael Burford, and general civic engagement on a scale not seen since last month. I hope to see you then. Zoom meeting details are published in this very issue of the Gazette.

One last note before I go: April is also the time of year when we take nominations for Allegheny West’s Neighbor of the Year. I’m sure you know a neighbor who has gone to great lengths to make Allegheny West a better place to live and work. I’ll be soliciting names at the membership meeting, but please don’t be shy about sending an e-mail or slipping a note through the mail slot at 806 Western Avenue.

I hope you have a wonderful April.

Bob Griewahn
President, AWCC

 

 

 

AWCC Informational Meeting – April 13, 2021

Via Zoom (details)
Tuesday, April 13 at 7:30 pm

  • 7:30 – Gather, Say Hello, Meet New Neighbors
  • 7:35 – Update: City of Pittsburgh Zone 1 Police (Officer Burford)
  • 7:40 – Update: City of Pittsburgh, Mayor’s Office (Leah Friedman)
  • 7:45 – Update: Councilman Wilson’s Office (Sally Stadelman/Mohammed Burny/Faith Mudd)
  • 7:50 – Update: Representative Wheatley’s Office (Thomas Graham)
  • 7:55 – Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (Erin Tobin)
  • 8:05 – Treasurer’s Report (A Bryan)
  • 8:10 – Executive Committee Reports
    • President (Bob Griewahn) – Committee Actions
    • Property (Fran Barbush)
    • Past President (Ann Gilligan) – Mayoral Roundtable
  • 8:25 – Ways & Means (John DeSantis) – Tours
  • 8:30 – Film Committee (Carol Gomrick)
  • 8:45 – Conclude

Calvary Church Women’s Spring Flower Sale

Spring 2021 Flower SaleSpeaking of cleaning up the neighborhood, it’s time for the fifth annual Calvary United Methodist Women’s Club plant sale. There’s no better way to beat the COVID blues than to spruce up your garden, and it’s a safe way to get outside. All proceeds benefit CUMW’s local ministries, like Daily Bread. Please contact Linda Ehrlich at laehrlich927@aol.com for an order form and more information. 

Orders are due on April 18, so act quickly!! Pick up will be in the Calvary Church parking lot on Friday, May 7 from 1:00-6:00 and Saturday, May 8 from 9:00-11:00.

Memorial Tree Planting

Submitted by Fran Barbush

In the past, we have planted trees in memoriam of departed neighbors and friends of the neighborhood. We recently learned of the passing of our long-time neighbor, Mrs. Patricia Rooney.  She was a champion and fundraiser for the Allegheny Commons, and a positive spokesperson for the North Side. We also learned of the death of Greta Coleman. Her husband, Moe, and she were neighbors for many years. Moe passed away last year. We did not purchase any trees last year, due to the pandemic. If you would like to make contributions toward memorial trees, you can prepare a check and make it out to AWCC, and put it through the mail slot at 806 Western Avenue; or contact treasurer@alleghenywest.org.

Thank you for your consideration – and thanks to all those who have already donated!

 

Reminder: Street Sweeping Begins This Month

Just a reminder that street sweeping will begin again this month. If possible, try to move your cars on street sweeping day (2nd Monday/Tuesday) of the month. Tickets will not be given, due to the number of people likely to still be working from home. That said, we all want to see the winter muck cleaned up. If you are able to, please be sure to move your car on those days to help clean up the neighborhood!

PHLF: Live Virtual Architecture Tour – Grant Street

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Thurssday, April 15
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Fee: $5

This live virtual tour will be held via Zoom Conference. Click here to purchase a ticket and RSVP.

(You will receive an e-mail with a link to Zoom at 1:00 pm on the day of the tour. Don’t see the e-mail? Please be sure to check your spam or junk folders. Log-in 15 minutes before the tour’s scheduled start to ensure that it begins on time.)

Grant Street Downtown

This tour covers the northern half of a street that the American Planning Association designated one of America’s Ten Great Streets in 2012. From the quintessentially Modernist U.S. Steel Tower to the elegant Beaux-Arts Pennsylvanian (formerly Union Station), and with glorious Art Deco gems in between, this part of Grant Street is populated by outstanding civic and corporate buildings. Examples of adaptive re-use of historic buildings in this corridor demonstrate the economic value of historic preservation. Tour participants also will learn of the wide influence—sometimes explicit, other times less so—of businessman, philanthropist, politician, art collector, and Pittsburgh native Andrew W. Mellon on this important street.

Community Event: East Egg Hunt

Community Egg Hunt
Our neighborhood is doing an Egg Hunt this Saturday, April 3 at 10:00am – details are in the attached flyer.  Please feel free to share and invite the residents of your neighborhood if you’d like.
 
 
Thank you,
 
-Doug.
 
Douglas Kamper
President
East Allegheny Community Council