Community meetings!

Please note these upcoming community meetings:

Beechview Community Meeting
Saturday, February 23rd
McCann Hall, St. Catherine of Siena Parish
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Community Leaders United for Beechview invites you to join it for an introduction to the process and consultant for the Community Plan. The meeting will feature a discussion of what should be done with several prominent properties in Beechview’s business district that soon will be for sale. The meeting also will address broad neighborhood issues such as safety, recreation and transportation.

Brookline Community Meeting

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February 2008 Community Update


Community Plan
The Beechview Community Planning Steering Committee has selected a team of Pashek Associates and Mullin & Lonergan Associates to create a neighborhood plan that will focus on commercial, residential and recreational opportunities. The consultants will review existing planning documents and then meet with the community to gather input.

Community Leaders United for Beechview has planned a community meeting, to introduce the neighborhood to the process and the consultant, on Saturday, February 23rd (details below).

Public Safety
There will be a public safety meeting in Beechview on Thursday, February 7th (details below).

The City is providing a beat cop for the Broadway Avenue business district on an overtime-only basis as available.

Fun in the Sun
The City is planning to add “splash zones” to two neighborhoods. They will provide water activity for kids in Troy Hill and Beechview. The announcement appeared in a Post-Gazette article last week.

New Site
The Beechview Merchant’s Association has a new website! Visit it at:

Upcoming events in Beechview:

02/07/08 – Public Safety meeting @ St. Catherine of Siena Church, Broadway Avenue at Belasco Avenue (7:00 p.m.)

02/23/08 – CLUB community meeting @ St. Catherine of Siena Church (10:00 a.m.)


Looking Good

At South Pittsburgh Development Corporation had some interesting guests at its Board meeting this month. So interesting, in fact, that it extended an invitation to its adjacent neighborhoods to attend as well. The speakers were Joe McCarthy and Dino DeSantis from PennState Allegheny County Extension and Sarah Alessio of the Pennsylvania Resources Council.

Mr. DeSantis and Mr. McCarthy came to the SPDC meeting to discuss plans for the Jacob/Whited greenspace. They offered insight on the types of ornamental grasses and trees that would work well there but also be low maintenance. They will also train SPDC to maintain the lot.

Ms. Alessio addressed the topic of graffiti. Further information on the process for dealing with graffiti is posted in the resources section of this blog.

Upcoming events in Brookline:

02/11/08 – Brookline Chamber of Commerce @ District Justice Charles McLaughlin’s Office, 736 Brookline Boulevard (6:00 p.m.)

02/12/08 – Brookline Block Watch @ McLaughlin’s Office (7:00 p.m.)

02/25/08 – Brookline Area Community Council @ St. Mark’s Church, 933 Brookline Boulevard (7:00 p.m.)


Making History
Residents of Overbrook and Carrick have been meeting weekly at the Carrick library to share historical information and artifacts from their neighborhoods. A volunteer has offered to create a website where the group can make its collection available to the public. The Carrick-Overbrook Historical Society’s new site will be available soon at:


Connecting Neighbors
The Carrick Google Group, an online communication tool for the neighborhood, has been growing dramatically over the last couple of months. Popular topics of discussion include neighborhood history and trash on Brownsville Road.

One Neighborhood
Representatives of the Carrick Business Association, Carrick Community Council and 29th Ward Democratic Committee recently met with representatives of the Mayor’s Office regarding the future of the neighborhood. Another meeting of this group is scheduled for May 1, 2008.

Upcoming events in Carrick:

02/19/08 – 29th Ward Democratic Committee @ Carrick High School Library, 125 Parkfield Street (7:00 p.m.)

03/15/08 – Carrick Business Association “Bunny Bash” @ Concord Presbyterian Church, 1907 Brownsville Road (9:30 – 11:00 a.m.)

03/19/08 – Carrick Community Council @ Concord Elementary Auditorium, 2350 Brownsville Road (7:30 p.m.)

Dealing with Graffiti

At a recent South Pittsburgh Development Corporation meeting, Sarah Alessio of the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) shared useful information on how to deal with graffiti. PRC urges citizens and merchants to call 911 as soon as they’re property has been “tagged.” The police officers will file a report and take a photo of “tag.” The city has a Graffiti Task Force which puts the picture and the report into a database which will in turn connect criminals to multiple tags throughout the city. Upon filing a report, PRC asks that the graffiti is removed as soon as possible. If left on property, merchants/citizens can be fined, but most importantly, the less graffiti that is in your community, the less likely it will continue. Graffiti Busters can help with this process and can be reached at 412.255.2872.