Polish Hill Voice August 2010 edition is available

The August 2010 Polish Hill Voice is off the press and ready for your enjoyment. The newsletter is available for download. Following is the President’s message.
President’s message

As I write this, summer is in full swing on Polish Hill. Gardens are growing, and vegetables, flowers, and herbs are being traded around the neighborhood. Get out and enjoy a good long walk around Polish Hill. Try a walk down a street that you haven’t explored yet. Our community offers hidden little treasures. Through a space in a fence you may glimpse a garden with picture-perfect flowers. Perhaps it’s time for your own yard to become a treasure, a place to relax from the labors of the day. This is a wonderful time to get some dirt under your fingernails and break a sweat.

Just like we did last winter, take a moment to help out your neighbors. While you’re pulling weeds or cleaning up, go a few feet farther. These extra bits of effort really add up. If you fight the weeds a little each day, they will not spread as far next year. I have to remind myself that community improvements are a process, and the process takes time.

We all get a better place to live because of the people doing good works in our community. But we do need to take the time to enjoy what we have worked so hard to build. We have fantastic views from our hillsides. Pick out a good spot and take an occasional evening to view a few sunsets this season. We could all use more sunsets.

As we walk and bike through the neighborhood, there is more of a chance to encounter friends and neighbors. Our four-legged friends take their owners for long walks these days and are the facilitators of many a conversation.

With the opening of The Urban Gypsy, Lili Coffee Shop. Mind Cure Records and Copacetic Comics, we now have new spaces where our residents have an opportunity to gather. These new businesses give residents more destinations and entertainment options right here in Polish Hill, and provide a few of our residents the chance to live and work within their own community. I hope to see this trend continue. To all of our Polish Hill businesses owners, new and existing, I would like to extend a “thank you” for being here.

Late summer is also a time to fix up our homes and apartments. I encourage residents and property owners to take advantage of the materials that are available at Construction Junction in Point Breeze. You can save money and find quality materials to repair, renovate or redecorate your space. If you have leftover building supplies or architectural salvage, like old fireplaces, radiators, stair posts, and the like, please donate them to Construction Junction. Your leftovers could be exactly what someone else needs to finish their project. Along with saving money and keeping materials out of a landfill, there is always a thrill to finding something just a bit different for your home.

So take some late summer advice from a Polish Hill resident: add a few enjoyable items to that project list. Take a walk, go out and do some gardening, spend some time with friends, and enjoy our community.

Terry Doloughty

The photo of Terry was taken by Julie Gonzalez, whose black and white portraits of Polish Hill residents are on display at Lili Coffee Shop. Julie hopes to eventually photograph every resident of Polish Hill!

If you’d like to be included in this project, get in touch with us at phcapgh@gmail.com and we’ll let you know when the next photo session is planned.

August newsletter from Councilman Patrick Dowd's office

News and Updates

On Thursday, July 29, 2010, from 7pm-8:30pm, the Office of City Councilman Patrick Dowd will host a panel discussion at the Teamster Temple, 4701 Butler Street, Lawrenceville, regarding Marcellus Shale drilling and its impact on the urban environment. Doors open at 6:30pm to offer an opportunity for community members to collect information at tables hosted by relevant organizations. More information

Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle, with Councilman Dowd as a co-sponsor, has recently introduced an amendment to the current City statute regarding how the positions on the Citizens Police Review Board (CPRB) are filled.

The central purpose of the CPRB amendment is twofold: to clarify and define the difference between a vacancy on the board (whenever a board member suddenly leaves their position due to death, move out of the city, etc.) and expiration of a member’s term. It will also serve to provide a more detailed timeline and guidelines for the appointment/reappointment process of board members. More information

For special note, City Council will be on recess and not meeting from August 3rd through August 26th. The District 7 office will have limited phone and office hours. Please leave a message in the event that we cannot directly answer your call and we will return it promptly.

Upcoming Events

Council to Go

Friday, August 20: 7:30 to 9:00am, Councilman Dowd and staff will be in Lawrenceville at Perk Me Up. 4407 Butler Street.

Thursday, August 26: 6:30 to 8:00pm, Councilman Dowd and staff will be at Morningside’s Morning Glory Coffeehouse, 1806 Chislett Street.

Community Events

Thursday, July 29, 6:30pm: Marcellus Shale Panel Discussion, Teamster Temple, 4701 Butler Street, Lawrenceville.

Every Sunday in August beginning Sunday, August 1, 5-7pm: Reservoir of Jazz, Highland Avenue & Reservoir Drive, Highland Park. Sponsored by Highland Park Community Club.

Every Sunday in August beginning Sunday, August 1, 7-8pm: Summer Soul Line Dancing, Highland Avenue and Reservoir Drive, Highland Park. Sponsored by the City of Pittsburgh.

Tuesday, August 3: 27th Annual National Night Out is an annual celebration held around the country to raise awareness around issues of community building and crime prevention. Please look for the following events in District 7:

Lawrenceville Cookout, Leslie Park, 5-8pm. Sponsored by Lawrenceville United.

Porch parties, various times and locations in Friendship. Contact Emily at missesamick@yahoo.com for more information or to volunteer. Sponsored by the Friendship Preservation Group.

Tuesday, August 3, 6-7pm: Electronic Signs and Billboards Community Meeting, first floor conference room, John P. Robin Civic Building, 200 Ross Street, Downtown Pittsburgh.

August 6th -15th: Bike Pittsburgh’s Bike Fest 2010, various times and locations.

Tuesday, August 10th, 7-8pm: Zone 5 Public Safety Meeting, Union Project, 801 N. Negley Avenue, Highland Park.

June newsletter from the office of Councilman Patrick Dowd

News and Updates

West Penn Rec Center is one of Pittsburgh’s nine community centers – open year round – which present opportunities to participate in the best activities that Pittsburgh Citiparks has to offer. Whether you’re interested in the arts, cooking or physical fitness activities, West Penn Rec Center has something for everyone to enjoy. Pittsburghers from all neighborhoods are welcome and encouraged to utilize the facility. West Penn Rec Center is located in Polish Hill at 450 30th Street and can be accessed by the 54C; 77A; and 77B buses. The Center can be reached by calling 412-622-7353.

The Farm Stand Project of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank will once again be located at the Stephen Foster Community Center at 286 Main Street, Lawrenceville every Thursday from 11:30am to 2:30pm. The stand will operate every week from June 10 through November 11 and is open to the public. Farm stands accept payment in cash, WIC and Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program checks, and food stamps/EBT.

Upcoming Events

Council to Go
Tuesday, June 1: From 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Councilman Dowd and staff will be in Bloomfield at Crazy Mocha, Crazy Mocha, 4525 Liberty Avenue.

Thursday, June 3: From 6:30 to 8:00pm, Councilman Dowd and staff will be at Highland Park’s Tazza D’Oro, 1125 North Highland Avenue. Of particular importance for this CtG are cycling issues in the East End area. Local Magistrate Ron Costa will also be on hand for Q & A.

Friday, June 18: From 7:30am to 9:00am, Councilman Dowd will be in Lawrenceville’s Perk Me Up at 4407 Butler Street. A representative from Animal Control will be our featured guest.

Thursday, June 24: From 6:30pm to 8:00pm, Councilman Dowd’s team will be at Morningside’s Morning Glory at 1806 Chislett Street. Local Magistrate Ron Costa will be present for Q & A.

Community Events

Pittsburgh has been selected as the 2010 North American host city of the 37th United Nations World Environment Day. Pittsburgh-area government officials, businesses, organizations and individuals will schedule World Environment Day events that highlight the theme for this year, “Biodiversity — Ecosystems Management and the Green Economy.”  World Environment Day will be marked with events such as the Water Matters! Conference on Thursday, June 3, and Paddle to the Point, a world-record breaking boating event on Saturday, June 5. Please follow this link for a full schedule of activities.

Lawrenceville United is sponsoring a summer camp for youth ages 4-16 at Arco Field (57th & Butler Street) from June 21-August 13, 2010. This day camp runs from 10am-3pm. Partners and activities include:

• Three Rivers Rowing Association: Kayak and Dragon boat program for kids ages 12-17

• Green Gears Pedicabs: Providing an alternate form of transportation to the camp.

• Other Activities will include: Gardening with Gtech, visits from Police, Firefighters and others, Art projects, Neighborhood Code Violation Tours, Trips to the pool, and other fun!

For more information about the summer camp follow the Lawrenceville United Blog.!

Highland Park will host a huge annual yard sale (140+ homes) and Bryant Street Festival on Sunday, June 6, 9:00am. Come to Highland Park and peruse the gently-used, recycled items for sale. Bargain opportunities abound. Maps are available the morning of the sale at: Negley & Hampton St., Highland & Stanton Ave., Tazza D’Oro, Stanton-Negley Pharmacy and the new Bryant Street Market.

Did You Know?

Community gardens provide access to fresh produce and plants as well as access to satisfying labor, neighborhood improvement, sense of community and connection to the environment. As our urban communities are growing greener and citizens are more interested in where their food comes from, the City of Pittsburgh offers community gardens for individuals and groups to tend. To register for a plot, please phone Mike Gable at 412-255-2488 and leave a message with your name, phone number and address and mention the community garden you would like a plot in. You will be put on a waiting list if nothing is available at the time of your call.

May 2010 Polish Hill Voice

The Polish Hill Voice May 2010 edition has been printed and mailed. However, through the wonder of technology, we are pleased to make our neighborhood newsletter available to you, Dear Reader. You can download a copy of your very own, to peruse at your leisure.

We wanted to share some very exciting news about the plans for the Community Bread Oven. The Ladies Hospital Aid Society is supporting the project! Following is an article from the May edition of the Voice, written by Leah Durand (PHCA Board member and Chair of the Community Bread Oven Committee), with an update about where we are in the construction of the oven and with a special thank you to LHAS for their support.

Brick by Brick:
Community Bread Oven Update

by Leah Durand

Good news on the Bread Oven front! The PHCA was recently awarded a $3,000 grant from the Ladies Hospital Aid Society for the construction of the Bread Oven! I would like to thank Susan Constanse, Adele Towers, and Terry Doloughty for all of their hard work and perseverance while working on the grant application. Also, a giant thanks goes out the LHAS for committing such generous financial support towards our project.

We’ve had a few meetings with various City of Pittsburgh departments in order to make sure we have the proper clearances and are working within certain codes in order to get the oven built and fired. While at times these meetings can be frustrating, we left the most recent meeting rejuvenated and re-committed to the project. Our next steps are to get the back two lots of the PHCA consolidated and obtain updated oven plans and information.

Again, thanks and recognition are definitely in order to neighbors who have jumped on board the project; Suzanne Pyle and Yoko Tai have been invaluable during these meetings with the city. I’m very grateful to Suzanne for making time in her schedule to attend this past meeting as a representative of the Health Department. Her input and clarifications regarding what the Health Department will expect and require has done a lot to move the project forward.

Yoko Tai drafted site plans and brought photographs that were quite useful in illustrating our plans for the placement of the oven. She has been a helpful, professional voice throughout our discussions regarding construction of the oven.

It is exciting and reaffirming to have so many people lend their expertise and time to help build the Community Bread Oven. Even though it’s still in the planning stages, the project is bringing the community together and I can’t wait to eat delicious pizzas and breads with everyone!

The Polish Hill Voice

The February 2010 edition of the Polish Hill Voice is hot off the presses. Lots of great articles from our friends and neighbors on Polish Hill about the doings and happenings in Polish Hill. You can find some great information about recycling, staying fit and some tidbits about Polish Hill history. Below is the President’s Message from PHCA’s own Terry Doloughty.

If you’d like to have the Polish Hill Voice delivered directly to your home, courtesy of the USPS, please consider becoming a PHCA member. Membership forms and an outline of member benefits are available in the newsletter. You can download the full edition here.

President’s Message

2010 has arrived and Polish Hill continues to thrive. In the midst of winter, we have the opportunity for more photos of views that we can’t enjoy in the summer. With the arrival of the New Year comes the chance to dust off our dreams and set our project lists in motion. What have you been waiting to start? What do you want to see happen in your garden, on your street, or in your neighborhood? These are the questions best mulled over a hot cup of tea or hot chocolate in this season.

While we wait for the thaw of spring, many of us still need to walk the icy sidewalks and stairs of Polish Hill on our way to work or school. This year, Polish Hill is the location of a City pilot program called Stair Stewards. City crews have placed salt boxes at the two most-used staircases, Downing-to-Herron and Dobson-to-Herron. If the program is considered a success, next year we hope to get salt boxes for other frequently used city steps, including Harding-Bigelow and the Apollo steps between Melwood and Bethoven. The stair steward program is a sensible idea that helps keep our neighborhood pedestrian-friendly. We hope that it will inspire similar programs in other neighborhoods.

And when you’re out in the cold shoveling and sweeping, take a moment to check the sidewalks of those less able to clear them. Shovel or sweep a few more feet; it will help your friends and family to get home more easily. And many thanks to the residents who take it a step further and shovel some of the sidewalks in front of the vacant or abandoned buildings. Your efforts are appreciated by all the pedestrians of Polish Hill.

In PHCA news, a few of our board members have completed their terms. Maurice Davis, Mike Duray, and Jim Stawski have all served Polish Hill, and we want to extend out thanks for their efforts. We are grateful for their time of service. And we extend a warm welcome to our incoming board members,
Janice Heagy, Josie Ramsey, and Rose Hudson. The members of our board of directors bring their unique abilities to the PHCA, and we look forward to working with them.

Although it’s cold, we already have green things on our minds. There’s the new community garden on
Harmar Street, the continued greening of Maly Park, neighborhood clean-up efforts, and our own back yards. As seed and plant catalogs arrive in the mailbox, as you’re looking through the garden websites, now is the time to start planning. Consider sharing or trading some plants with your neighbors. You would be amazed at some of the heirloom treasures that may be growing in the next yard, or just around the corner.

And there are more than just plants and seeds to share. We have the benefit here of an older generation that knows how to can food, make pierogies or paczkis, or fix things. Lifetime residents know what grows best in different spots in the neighborhood, or where the wild blackberry bushes are. It is our hope that all the generations, longtime residents and new arrivals, can share their knowledge and abilities. We have a lot to offer one another. We live in this place together. As we enter a new year, it is my wish above all others to keep this Polish Hill tradition alive, neighbor helping neighbor.

Terry Doloughty
PHCA president

Polish Hill Voice – Nov 2009 edition released

The Polish Hill Civic Association is pleased to announce the release of the November 2009 edition of the Polish Hill Voice. This quarterly newsletter has been published by the PHCA for 40 years, bringing news about our neighborhood to you. The edition is available for home delivery with membership in the PHCA. You can also read it online. Following is a feature article about Polish Hill’s newest public space – Maly Park. Enjoy!


Big Effort, Little Park,  Mały Park!
by Myra Falisz

Since landing in Polish Hill a few short months ago, I have been mesmerized by this sense of place that binds us together. It’s like a crazy quilt of random patterns, shapes and pieces, strung together with the strongest of threads. I witness this interlocking technique as it weaves through every community project every day.

I’m one of the newer pieces of our village’s quilt, arriving from Southern California just as spring unfolded into summer. And living in one of the apartment’s above the PHCA is like having a front-row seat at a quilting bee called “It Takes a Village.”

Magically, and at times, mysteriously, the most incredible series of events takes place. A seemingly random cast of characters finds that common thread and a new chapter is woven. The latest one is something I fondly refer to as Big Effort, Little Park.

It began earlier this year and has grown into an intricate collaboration involving exceptional resources and community volunteers. It seems like that’s how things often
happen here on Polish Hill.

Bolstered by The Mayor’s office, the City of Pittsburgh’s Green Team and Penn State Extension, the PHCA’s own Green Team began creating plans for what is now called Mały Park. What was once a lot in need of some care at the intersection of Dobson and Herron is now becoming our little urban oasis — that visual respite to happen upon whether you are dropping off mail, waiting for a bus or simply strolling by.

The first stitch was taken when community members Josie Ramsey and Debbie Jozwiak paired up with Lauren Byrne of the Mayor’s office to submit a Green Up application. Joining in next was Joe McCarthy, the Urban Greening Coordinator from
Penn State Extension. His soil testing revealed excellent conditions for
plants to survive and thrive. The blanket of textures and
colors Josie and Debbie envisioned now features butterfly bushes, roses, decorative grasses and an additional weeping cherry tree. The selections were planted by community volunteers one Saturday morning in late August.

Our foundation fabric was shored up by Kevin Quigley and Rick DeCarlo of the City of Pittsburgh’s Green Team. Not only did they bring our green lot into shape, they also added great touches. Just like a crazy quilt is created from scraps of everyday clothing, they added a retaining-wall border using stones from the recently demolished Davis Avenue Bridge. In the same spirit, old curb stones are being transformed into benches for our residents. And these threads of historic preservation and adaptive reuse are infectious. The 100-year-old bricks salvaged from the sidewalks around the park are making their way to a future bread-oven project. A conversation about these same bricks would lead to a last-minute design suggestion for our little park. Rick DeCarlo and Tom Samstag from the City crew recommended that we replicate the color and texture of the original sidewalk within the new concrete being installed. The team had just started to work with sidewalk patterning at Frick Park and wanted to create a nod to our neighborhood’s history. That thread of an idea made its way from conversation to reality almost overnight. Truly incredible, since the city was set to pour the sidewalks in two days. Remember — the PHCA coordinators are almost all volunteers. Everyone rallied to help pause and adjust the project’s scope and schedule.
Coincidentally, PHCA president Terry Doloughty had just
spoken with Senator Jim Ferlo about the rich architectural elements still evident throughout Polish Hill. The senator mentioned his appreciation for the brick sidewalks and how they add a unique spirit to our business district.

Somewhere along the way, I humbly submitted a name for the park via Blogski. I had been talking with my father about the word “little” in Czech, which is my heritage. I soon discovered that malý (pronounced mah-lee in Czech) is similar in Polish: mały. It’s just pronounced a bit differently (mahl-wee). Those phonetic markings often distinguish the way Eastern European dialects diverge or converge. And isn’t that what a crazy quilt is all about? The variety of people, patterns and pieces of language stitched together to create something new for this village I now call home. Big effort. Little park. Mały Park.

News and Updates from the Office of Councilman Patrick Dowd, November 2009


Iron City Brewing Back in the News.
Despite an unpaid million dollar water bill, Iron City Brewing requested a demolition permit from the city to raze five structures at 3340 Liberty Avenue at an estimated cost of $500,000. Councilman Dowd, a PWSA Board member, has moved to halt the permit until the water bill is paid and any historical preservation questions are answered. Check out the story in the Post-Gazette, Tribune-Review, or on our website.

Lawrenceville’s Library.
Councilman Dowd and other state and city officials have been working together and working diligently with the leadership of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to develop both short-term and sustainable long-term funding plans to keep neighborhood libraries open. Councilman Dowd’s statement on library closures is on our website.

Bike Racks in Business Districts.
Councilman Dowd, Bike PGH, and other state and local officials kicked off a bike rack program in front of Enrico Biscotti Co. last week. 200 free bike racks will be installed throughout neighborhood business districts. Check it out.

New Legislation

Parking Garages & Meters.
On October 27th, Councilman Dowd introduced legislation requiring the Pittsburgh Parking Authority to obtain Council approval before moving on a sale or lease of parking garages and meters. The sale of these assets may well be the most important policy decision the City faces in 2010 and Council ought to be part of the discussion. Press release. Legislation. Endorsement by the Post-Gazette.

Upcoming Events

Council to Go.
November 18: From 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Councilman Dowd and staff will be in Polish Hill at the Polish Hill Civic Association, 3060 Brereton Street.

Public Meetings.
November 12: ALCOSAN will hold a public meeting at the Union Project at 801 N. Negley Ave at 7:00 pm to talk about sewage overflows and a regional sewage plan.

November 17: The Union Project is hosting a community meeting to gather input on a new and improved side yard. Join them from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Union Project’s atrium.

November 18: Councilman Dowd’s legislation on notification requirements for specially planned developments will be in Council for public hearing at 1:30. More information on the legislation is on our website.

November 18: Councilman Dowd’s legislation requiring better screening and landscaping for car lots will also be in Council for public hearing. To register to speak, call the City Clerk at 412.255.2138.

Council will be open during Election Day but closed for Veterans Day and Thanksgiving: November 11, 26 and 27. Because of the holidays, Council meetings will be rescheduled for November 9, 12 and 23.

Did You Know?

Recycle leaves curbside in November.
The neighborhoods of Council District 7 can recycle leaves curbside during the week of November 9th – 13th. Remember to place leaves in paper bags. Leaves placed in plastic bags or placed out on any other week will not be accepted as recycling and will be landfilled. More information is available here.

August 2009 Polish Hill Voice is available!

The PHCA is pleased to announce the release of the August 2009 Polish Hill Voice. As you know, 2009 marks PHCA’s 40th Anniversary. In order to mark this milestone, The Voice has been extended to sixteen pages and is in full color. The Voice is available at the PHCA office and can be downloaded as a pdf. We hope that you enjoy reading this edition as much as we enjoyed publishing it. Following is an excerpt from the August 2009 edition.

Resident’s Message

This summer has brought Polish Hill new residents, and new volunteers for the PHCA . We would like to welcome our new residents and hope that they choose to call Polish Hill their home for many years to come. Seeing new residents moving in should make all of our residents a little proud. Of all the places in Pittsburgh that they could have chosen to live, Polish Hill is their choice. Just like the grandparents or great-grandparents of some of our residents, we have new families, settlers and immigrants from a new era, calling Polish Hill home. Dumpsters and scaffolding abound in the neighborhood this summer. These are good signs that Polish Hill residents are improving their existing homes and renovating older properties to become new examples of what is possible in our neighborhood.

The successful return of Alfred’s Deli and Tai+Lee Architects to Polish Hill heralds the rejuvenation of our business district. Work is continuing on the Jubilee Kitchen building, which will house Urban Gypsy, a unique consignment and art store. A coffee shop and record store are in the works for the corner of Dobson and Hancock. The former Mostowy’s Hardware building is currently under renovation. The owner is willing to remodel to suit; want to bring a business to Polish Hill?

In these challenging economic times, we can be grateful for so much new growth in our neighborhood. Because of the size of our community, everyone on Polish Hill can be a neighbor. All of our residents have so much to offer; take a moment to introduce yourself to your new neighbors. I must admit, I know as many dogs as people from just stopping to say hello. We all have something we can learn from each other; life experiences we can share for everyone’s

We have been fortunate to have one of the safest neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, a few burglaries and an armed robbery resulted in a higher crime rate in recent months. Although shaken by these incidents, thankfully, no residents were harmed. We want our neighborhood to remain one of the safest places to live. If you notice something that looks suspicious please take the time to call 911.

The homeowners and tenants of Polish Hill have worked hard for what they have. I would ask all of our residents to continue the tradition of being good neighbors to one another. Our residents come from all walks of life; we all might look a little different from each other but we all hold Polish Hill dear. This diversity is what makes Polish Hill a thriving

I have had the opportunity to work with so many of our residents on volunteer projects. In the moments when I see our new and existing residents meet one another, talk, and share their neighborhood experiences, I have to stop for a moment and take it in. I find myself saying, “This is why I live here”. So Polish Hill residents, I say to one and all, no matter how the faces of Polish hill change or how the homes and businesses are renovated remember, our little village is a great place to live. Polish Hill – not just a place, it’s a state of mind.

Terry Doloughty
Polish Hill Civic Association

May 2009 Polish Hill Voice available!

The newest edition of the Polish Hill Voice has hit the presses! If you are a Polish Hill Civic Association member, you should be receiving your newsletter very soon. If not, you can download a pdf version of the newsletter here. Recently, there has been some concerns expressed about Adobe Reader. If you are using Vista, then you probably already know that there is a conflict between your operating system and Adobe Reader. For those of you that wish to read the Polish Hill Voice in pdf format, you can check out alternative pdf readers here. Following is an excerpt from the May 2009 issue. Enjoy!

Things to Do at the Polish Hill Civic Association Office
By Leslie Clague

You might have visited the Polish Hill Civic Association office at 3060 Brereton Street—maybe you stop in regularly. Or perhaps you’ve never been in to see us, and don’t see why you would. But Polish Hill residents and friends should be aware that there are a lot of reasons to come in.
Our neighborhood doesn’t have a copy shop, but did you know that you can make copies or send a fax from our office? Here are some of the many ways in which we can be useful to you:
Check out the community bulletin board and the rack of information for seniors and other residents. We have current bus schedules, tax forms, information on city programs, non-profit organizations and more.
We have information on…
how to buy an empty lot adjacent to your building
request a tree for your sidewalk
graffiti removal
the party wall program (to get an exposed party wall repaired)
URA programs
home renovation loans
LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
If you are considering moving to the neighborhood or have a friend who wants to be your neighbor, we can help you to find apartments for rent in the neighborhood (or post an apartment you’re renting).
You can share a concern with us (safety issues, problem properties, or graffiti), or file a 311 complaint.
If you’re interested in the neighborhood’s history, stop in to look at the historic photos and maps of Polish Hill we have on display. By the way, we’re looking for historic photos of the neighborhood and its residents to create a Polish Hill archive. Bring in any family photos you’d like to share and we’ll scan it and return it to you.
Looking to help your neighborhood? Sign up to volunteer for a neighborhood cleanup or other event.
Saturdays are particularly lively, so it’s often a good time to visit with a neighbor, have a cup of coffee or tea and some Sun Chips.
The PHCA hosts Councilman Patrick Dowd and his staff at Council-to-Go meetings (6:30 pm, third Wednesday of odd-numbered months), where you can directly make your voice heard and get to know your local representative.
Share garden plants, tools or other items looking for a new home.
Pick up a copy of the Polish Hill Voice newsletter or propose an article—we’re always looking for new contributors.
If you have an event that you’d like to publicize, share the details with us and we’ll help spread the word.
There’s always a different fundraiser going on, so stop in for more information and while you’re in, check out the PHCA store, where you can buy buttons, cookbooks, cards, t-shirts and neighborhood maps.
If you’re still reading this story, you might be an ideal candidate to join the PHCA (only $5 a year), or renew your membership.
Like the neighborhood itself, the PHCA is a friendly place. We know lots of people and have access to lots of information. Stop in and see us sometime!

Office hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 9:30 a.m.—6:00 p.m. 412.681.1950. Email phcapgh@gmail.com

With all this traffic, maybe it's time for a new computer!


It’s time for a big thank-you to all our visitors and users.  We checked out stats and were bowled over.  We had 38,000+ visits last month, and, a week after the latest newsletter was published,  1500 people had downloaded it.  According to the latest available census data (2000) Polish Hill only has about 1500 residents–many of whom get a paper copy locally.  So we extend a neighborly greeting to our many virtual residents.  If you’re ever in the area, stop by and see us–Saturdays are good, there’s always coffee, tea, and snacks!