Community meeting on Tuesday, October 2 — which is also the deadline to return nomination forms!

The next community meeting will be on Tuesday, October 2, at 6:30 p.m.  Come a little early for snacks and socializing.  Agenda topics include traffic calming efforts, development news, and upcoming events.  The bylaws committee, which has been working with consultants to update and streamline the PHCA bylaws, will present proposed changes.  Members will vote whether to accept bylaws changes at the November meeting.

All are welcome to attend community meetings, which take place in the lower level of the West Penn Recreation Center, 450 30th Street.  For more information, call the PHCA at 412.681.1950, or email us at phca@phcapgh.org.

Current PHCA members who live in Polish Hill received nomination forms earlier this month for the PHCA board elections.  Tuesday, October 2 is also the last day to turn in those nomination forms.  Forms can be dropped off at the PHCA office, or you can bring them to the meeting.

The monthly community meeting is Tuesday, August 7

The PHCA’s monthly community is coming up on Tuesday evening, and you are invited to join us.  We’ll be talking about the recent events relating to Iron City Brewery, traffic concerns, funding updates, and more.  Before the meeting starts there will be some social time, with potluck refreshments and a chance to hang out and talk a bit with neighbors.

All are welcome — come find out what’s going on.  The meeting takes place in the senior center on the lower level of the West Penn Recreation Center, 450 30th Street.

(Photo by Myra Falisz for the PHCA)

Reminder: monthly community meeting on Tuesday, June 5

The June community meeting is on Tuesday at 6:30.  The meeting will take place in the senior center on the lower level of the West Penn Recreation Center.

Topics of discussion will include green projects around the neighborhood, the crime stats (typically, there are very few, which is nice), any news relating to development or renovations, and upcoming events such as the arts festival.  This is also a good place to share your concerns about any neighborhood issues.  We hope you will join us!

Reminder: April community meeting is Tuesday, April 3

The next Polish Hill community meeting will take place in the senior center at West Penn Recreation Center at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3.

Among the topics to be discussed at the meeting:
– the winners of the bird house contest will be announced and the prizes and ribbons will be presented
– an update on the green projects for the 2012 season
– upcoming community events such as the Easter event, the PHCA yard sale, and more
– a visit from the owner of the orange warehouse building at 3567  Bigelow Boulevard near the Bloomfield Bridge, which is currently under renovation and has been the subject of some concern from nearby residents.  The owner will discuss what the intent is for the property.

Everyone is welcome to attend, and we especially encourage residents to come out, meet their neighbors, and share any concerns.  Hope to see you there!

Please come to the Polish Hill holiday potluck this evening!

Instead of the usual community meeting, the December Polish Hill community meeting evening is a convivial potluck dinner, and all Polish Hill residents and friends are invited.  After about 10 minutes of official stuff, we’ll settle in to eat and visit.    This potluck always has a lot of very good food; so far, we have:  Polish Reuben casserole, meatballs, broccoli-kale casserole, halushky, broccoli balls, ambrosia salad, stewbruschetta, homemade bread, pie, and more.   We’ll also raffle off a  cookie-mansion (that’s like a gingerbread house, but made out of cookie, and large, with outbuildings).  The cookie mansion was made and donated by resident Elizabeth Fisch.

Please come out if you can.  You don’t have to bring something, if you don’t have time.  We hope to see you there!

PHCA Neighhborhood Potluck Dinner, Tuesday, December 6  6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at West Penn Recreation Center, 450 30th Street.  For more information,  call 412.681.1950, or email phcapgh@gmail.com.

The community plan process is moving along

The Polish Hill strategic plan workshops last Saturday went really well.  Thanks to all the residents who were able to come out and share their thoughts.  The discussions  have gotten more focused as the public meetings progress; we’re slowly drawing out the places and concerns that will be central to the final plan.  Now, Pfaffmann + Associates will look over all the community input and formulate some initial recommendations.

Due to a scheduling snafu at West Penn, we had to vacate the room at four.  Rather than cut the discussion short, it continued outside on the lawn.  The less formal setting suited the topic, community-building.

The next public event for the Community Plan will be an outreach table outside the PHCA office during the festival weekend (July 16-17).  At that time, residents will have a chance to see and react the initial recommendations.  We hope to see you there!

OpenSpacePGH community meetings

Did you know —

~ Pittsburgh has 8.3 acres of park space for every 1000 residents.
~ The City’s first formal public park, Allegheny Commons, was dedicated in 1873–the same year as Central Park in New York City.
~ The largest vintage sportscar race in the USA takes place on the winding roads of Schenley Park each summer.

Parks are a very big part of the city and play a roll in resident’s recreation and social plans. Whether you attend the movies, play ball, or hang out with friends at one of the picnic area, the parks have a lot to offer.

OpenSpacePGH is the City’s Open Space, Parks, and Recreation Plan, one of the initial components of PLANPGH. OpenSpacePGH would like to hear from you about how to use our parks and open spaces to make Pittsburgh an even better place to live. There are community meetings scheduled. We are letting you know early so that you can get it on your calendar. Below are listed the two closest locations for the community meetings. For a full list of locations and times, you can download the flyer. Check into the PlanPGH site for more details about OpenSpacePGH and the many other components of the plan.

Open Space Pittsburgh
Community Meetings

Upper East End
Monday, April 25 (6-8 PM)
Boys & Girls Club of Western PA
4600 Butler Street (Lawrenceville)
Transit – 91 & 93 Bus Lines

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Northside
Wednesday, May 4 (6-8 PM)
Pittsburgh King Pre K- 8 School
50 Montgomery Street (Allegheny Center)
Transit – 16, 54 & 500 Bus Lines

Community meeting on electronic billboards, Wed Aug 4

The City is preparing to finalize revisions to Pittsburgh Code regarding the placement and operation of electronic billboards within Pittsburgh.  These changes will affect every neighborhood’s potential to enjoy and protect its scenic beauty.  Hear the latest details from the experts and make sure your neighborhood is represented by attending this important public meeting.  Legal and lighting experts will explain the draft legislation and listen to your feedback at the upcoming meeting to be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 200 Ross Street.

In recent years, new technology has created many new types of moving, flashing and color-changing electronic signs that were previously not possible. With new LED technology,these signs can often be seen for miles.

As Pittsburgh residents and business owners, how do we use electronic signage and take advantage of new lighting technologies while still protecting our city’s famous scenic vistas, controlling light pollution and maintaining motorist safety? New legislation is being developed to bring the zoning code up-to-date with the new technology.

This community meeting will include the Department of City Planning, legal expert Chris Duerksen of Clarion Associates, and lighting expert Nancy Clanton of Clanton & Associates, Inc.  They will explain the draft legislation for electronic signage and hear your opinion on how to proceed.  All interested and concerned Pittsburgh residents are invited to attend.

City Council Public Hearings on Mayor’s Plan to Lease Parking Assets


Pittsburgh City Council will hold four public meetings beginning Monday, July 26th about Mayor Ravenstahl’s plan to lease the parking assets (garages and possibly meters) in order to fund the city’s pension. The purpose of this series of meetings is for Council to hear the public’s thoughts on the Mayor’s plan. Each meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Dates and locations:
Monday, July 26 – Downtown – in City Council Chambers, 5th Floor, City-County Building, enter on Grant street side

Tuesday, July 27 – South Side – Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers Headquarters — 10 S. 19th Street at the River

Thursday, July 29 – Oakland – Pittsburgh Board of Education headquarters – 341 S. Bellefield Avenue, second floor

Monday, August 2 – North Side – Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School Cafeteria – 50 Montgomery Street – enter by the loading dock

In June, Councilman Dowd proposed a resolution that called for public meetings in September, after the mayor will have announced the final plan, including the company selected and the amount they will be paying. Any alternatives suggested by Council will also be released around this time. The aforementioned resolution passed unanimously. Thus, there will be another opportunity for the public to comment to Council in September.

To learn more about the Mayor’s plan, you can find the written draft agreement here.

If you have comments about the Mayor’s plan, we encourage you to attend one of the four upcoming meetings.