The core of the city, complete with a large green space at the heart of the city, a small one at the point, framed by a complex of highways and bridges*, ethnic neighborhoods**, and a very Lower East Side-like street market. The bulk of theuniversities lie here as well.
"Brooklyn Lite"; same big city taste, half the attitude and density. Crowded neighborhoods. Parking nightmare. Some posh, but also slums, and mostly true to blue collar roots. Like Brooklyn, this area is also the most hemmed in of the quadrants surrounding the core. Easy access to the highway is limited to the areas on the north and west. On the whole, Rt. 51 is more congested, winding along more slowly than the secondary highways out of other flatter or less congested areas.
What used to be outlying areas, and where the wealthy of the early days built their homes. The most ethnically diverse area. A secondary downtown in East Liberty. Masses of both well-off neighborhoods and slums extending out to Monroeville. Upper Lawrenceville as a trendy counterpoint to the South Side Flats. Most like Queens.
This area by far shows the heaviest hand of the urban renewal of the 50's and 60's, and consists mostly of tough neighborhoods and projects. Most like The Bronx.
Subsequent waves of wealthy and working class people gravitated here in search of space and air. Most like Staten Island and New Jersey.
*Urban "Renewal" remade downtown, but crushed the Lower Hill District and a wide swath of the North Side, as well as East Liberty.
Point State Park, formerly a floodgate which would open on Downtown with some regularity, is based on the recommendations of New York's Robert Moses. What his Biblical namesake did in testament, he did in reverse, literally stitching together lands separated by water in New York. The Park, and the shiny buildings behind it, and the highways and tunnels converging near it, and what we know as the Interstate Highway System are all based on his works. He coined the term parkway. He rebuilt every park in New York, and created state parks. The Federal Government came to Moses to learn how to build highways, and cities far and wide, starting with Pittsburgh, came to him for advice on how to remake their cities. When the desire to rebuild fell victim to flawed top-down thinking and greed, too much was done too soon.
The scars of urban renewal are still being repaired, but at least now, it's on a comparatively blank canvas. East Liberty and The North Side are largely remade. The Lower Hill is the last remaining project.
The Hill District was actually known outside Pittsburgh as Little Harlem.
Bloomfield and Squirrel Hill were/are predominantly Italian and Jewish, respectively.
Likewise, Polish Hill is an accurate name based on original ethnic makeup.
I tell everyone we meet, come to Westminster ready to work hard, be a good teammate, get good grades, don't get in trouble, and have fun, and you will be successful. All of those things don't take talent.
Wow. Just wow.
And the next question, is why can't we have something like this in Pittsburgh. Well, there is SPIRE too.
Start with some music to get into the Mardi Gras mood. Then keep reading.
Competition! Be There challenges all schools to come up with a catchy and unique chant related to school attendance, and the importance of coming to school every day.
There was a little froggy
Sitting on a log
Cheering for a snow day
She had no sense at all.
We are the Ellis Swim Team
We love to go to school
When we do we get to swim
and learn about.....
Math, Science, French, Art, Spanish, English, History.
Cheer(s), We love school!
The video of the chant is below. Only 20-seconds.
Big idea. I'm in, if yinz are serious.
It is a year-long, or, multi-year effort. LaTrenda Leonard Sherrill should be the FOUNDING and first DEAN of studies. Kick-off / orientation should be on MLK day 2020. Intensive courses and engagement in Feb 2020. For good or bad, that time is going to bring a big storm of politics in advance of the 2020 primary and general elections.
Community Learning Outreach Hub, my hobby domain, CLOH.org, can publish the course notes, and I'll help with a few waves of invites to Libertarians, Indies, Socialists, Liberals, Conservatives, Greens, Ds and Rs.
Agree with chatter above: POLITICAL WILL is a huge element that is missing, in this front, and within some others -- sadly.
What was once called the Black & White Reunion, now re-branded, as well as PA Interfaith Impact Network could be early supporters. A long list of others could be gathered by end of Black History Month 2019.
Weekly conference calls, say 10:30 pm on a week night, would be a good way to be open and transparent.
FWIW, my calling is within the theme of "Playing Well with Others."
The original Facebook posting, now rushing past 100 comments:
LaTrenda Leonard Sherrill
It would be nice for black history month if white leaders In Pittsburgh (corporate, electeds, and nonprofit CEOs) went thru racial equity training together as a cohort. No more new leadership trainings for black people, y’all just caucus and learn about the system that y’all facilitate and uphold.
Now that would be something.