Why I Love My Neighborhood

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced his Valentine’s Day contest
for City residents. This year’s contest, titled “Six Burgh Reasons Why I ♥ My Neighborhood,” celebrates the love Pittsburghers have for their neighborhoods and the stories behind their sentiments.

“Every day I’m inspired by residents of this great City and their commitment to our neighborhoods,” said Ravenstahl. “I’ve had the pleasure to hear many heart-warming stories about why Pittsburghers love their neighborhood. It’s time for their stories, for our stories, to be told so we’re launching the ‘Six Burgh Reasons Why I ♥ My Neighborhood’ contest.”

The aim of the contest is this: Tell the Mayor your love story with your neighborhood – incorporating six reasons why you feel that way. Write an essay, narrate your story through photos or create a video. If your entry is one of the top six chosen, you will be notified and honored at a neighborhood celebration in May, and your entry will be posted on the City’s website and the City Cable Channel.

“Pittsburgh’s comeback story, recently showcased in many national publications, is a story about real people who have stayed committed to their communities and family,” Ravenstahl said.

Said the Mayor, “We had such a great response to last year’s Valentine’s Day contest that we wanted to do something like it again this year, but bigger. For this contest, we needed to allot more time for submissions, so we’re launching it for Valentine’s Day and allowing two months for entries. We threw in a little bit of Super Bowl mania for fun with the Six Burgh theme by asking for six reasons and choosing six winners.”

Participants must be residents of the City of Pittsburgh and have until April 13, 2009 to submit their entries. Essays must be 250 words or less, and videos must be no longer than 10 minutes. Only written essays can be submitted online. All entries can be mailed in, dropped off at the Mayor’s office or at any of the City of Pittsburgh Senior Centers. All entrants must sign a General Release, Indemnification, and Consent form should their entry be chosen. A complete list of rules, along with locations of the Senior Centers, can be found on the City of Pittsburgh website at www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us. Rules may also be obtained at the Mayor’s Office on the 5th floor of the City-County Building, 414 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15219, or at any of the City’s Senior

For more information, log onto the City of Pittsburgh website, or contact the Mayor’s Neighborhood Initiatives office at 412-255-8680.