October newsletter from the office of Councilman Patrick Dowd


Electronic Billboard Legislation Comes to Council

About 70 residents and business owners lined up in City Council on Tuesday, September 27, to take their turn at voicing an opinion during a council public hearing about bill number 2011-1916 which seeks to regulate and restrict electronic billboards in the City of Pittsburgh. The legislation would restrict the size and location of billboards and regulate special effects. Read more…

Enforceable Parking Hours Reprieve

Council recently voted to suspend nighttime parking enforcement hours back to 6pm from 10pm through December 31, 2011.  The action was in response to frustration voiced by motorists about antiquated quarter-eating meters.  The meters are not designed to service the $3 per hour parking rate and the Parking Authority was issuing many tickets to motorists that simply came up a quarter or two short. Read more…


Council to Go

Join Councilman Patrick Dowd at Council to Go, his mobile district office, to voice your concerns, ideas, and questions about local government and services.

Lawrenceville — Friday, October 21, 7:30am-9:00am – Perk Me Up, 4407 Butler Street

Morningside — Thursday, October 27, 7pm-8pm – Union Project, 801 N. Negley Avenue

Community Events

Saturdays through October 29, 2011, 9:30am-1pm – Lawrenceville Farmers Market, Lawrenceville – 52nd Street & Berlin Way (Goodwill Parking Area)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 12:00am-11:59pm – Pittsburgh Foundation Day of Giving

Thursday, October 6- October 30, 2011 — Quantum Theatre’s production of The End of the Affair, former Emma Kaufmann Clinic (aka the Polish Falcons Club) at 3028 Brereton Street, Polish Hill. SPECIAL DISCOUNT for Polish Hill residents for October 6 performance.

Thursday, October 13, 2011, 4pm-6pm – Citiparks Seniors Morningside Mingle – 6944 President Way, Morningside

Saturday, October 15, 2pm-5pm – 3rd Annual Falloween Festival – Corner of Chislett and Greenwood, Morningside

Saturday, October 15, 2011, 1pm-10pm – Citiparks Lawrenceville Seniors Fall Spectacular, 4600 Butler Street, Lawrenceville

Thursday, October 27, 2011, 7:30pm start – Bloomfield Citizen’s Council Halloween Parade, Bloomfield

Friday, October 28, 2011, 10am-4pm – Citiparks Lawrenceville Seniors Halloween Party, 4600 Butler Street, Lawrenceville

Sunday, October 30, 2011, 11am-4pm – Zoo Boo, Highland Park

If you know of any community-oriented events in your District 7 neighborhood that we should publicize through our monthly newsletter and District 7 website, please email Jennifer.thoma@city.pittsburgh.pa.us by the 1st of each month.


The communities in District 7 are very active and engaged when it comes to public safety, community news and helping neighbors. You can become involved easily by attending one of the many meetings that happen in your neighborhood. Below is a list of some of the prominent meetings and block watches. Read more…