Racial discrimination is immoral. Four simple words. The frustration of black residents is real and sadly justified because some people cannot recognize and honor the truth of those four words.
At its heart, community development is the process of change by the community and for the community. That change takes many forms – quality affordable housing, health and wellness, quality education, economic opportunity, an equal voice in decision making – but true change is not possible or sustainable if people live in the daily reality of discrimination and the fear of injury or death simply because of the color of their skin or if the systems that serve them have racial inequity built into them.
Change is possible when people of good will join together to demand change, to work for change, and to model that change in their daily lives. The Northside Leadership Conference was created 40 years ago on the premise that injury to one of us is injury to the whole, and that by working together for all our neighborhoods, for all our residents, we can make positive and sustainable change. That challenge is before us again. Northsiders will unite again to make that needed change. We must.
Get Your Yickets for the Most Delicious Northside Party of the Year
The Northside Sandwich Sampler is Thursday, May 17th from 6:00-9:00 pm. Sample a dozen sandwiches, have a drink from Penn Brewery and Threadbare Cider House, hobnob with celebrity judges and groove to the Olga Watkins Band, all in the splendor of Northside’s Grand Hall at The Priory!
Tickets are only $35 and support free music lessons for Northside kids through ROX Performance Academy. They are available online at:
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We have SOLD OUT EVERY YEAR so don’t delay – make a date with some friends and get your tickets today!
Northside Leadership Conference
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is looking for users of Allegheny Commons Park to provide input and perspective on the park and its current uses as well as how the park can be better programmed and utilized. With the guidance of the Northside Leadership Conference and the Allegheny Commons Initiative, the 2002 Master Plan for Allegheny Commons set forth a vision for restoring and increasing the value of Allegheny Commons. While significant progress has been made, fulfilling that vision requires an Action Plan for implementing the 2002 Master Plan, including appropriate updates and strategic bundling of projects into campaign projects.
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The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh, is excited to announce the August 1st, 2017 Advertisement to Bid for the Allegheny Commons Phase III and Fountain Construction Project.
This project will reconstruct the historic fountain at the intersection of North and Cedar Avenues, and will restore walkways, trees, lighting and other amenities. It is based on the 2002 Master Plan for Allegheny Commons. The Conservancy and its partners, the Northside Leadership Conference and Allegheny Commons Initiative, express many thanks to all of the project supporters and stakeholders who have worked together to achieve this new landmark feature. Most especially, we appreciate the City of Pittsburgh for its substantial commitment to participate in this project.
Here is a link to the Invitation to Bid which is “live” August 1st – feel free to share
Bid packages will be available on August 15th with bid opening on September 12th. We hope to start construction by October 10th with a completion date of April 30th (weather permitting). Please email Jenn Dailey, Director of Marketing & Communications, with any questions, email@example.com.
Community Outreach Coordinator
We at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy are excited to work alongside our partners at the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Commons Initiative, Northside Leadership Conference and the greater community to restore Allegheny Commons Park. Please join your fellow park users on August 30th for our first community workshop to develop the action plan we need for implementing the master plan. The professional team is led by LaQuatra Bonci Associates, and includes eDesign Dynamics, Cleo Consulting, and Fourth Economy.
At this first of three community-wide meetings, we’ll review the 2002 Allegheny Commons Master Plan and kick off the action planning process. This effort will be completed by the end of 2017, and will produce strategies and cost estimates for implementing the 2002 Master Plan.
We encourage community members to come prepared to provide input at the meeting. There will be a brief introduction followed by a series of work stations on a range of topics we will be tackling in this process. Thank you to the National Aviary for hosting us that evening.
We ask that you register online here. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions. Thank you!
Community Outreach Coordinator