Beyond the Shadows of Blight, Part Four

An Abundance of What (continued)

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Beyond the Shadows of Blight, Part Two

Social Networks and Affordable Housing 101

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Beyond the Shadows of Blight, Part One

An Introduction to Housing Affordability in Pittsburgh

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Half of a Good House

What an award winning housing concept could mean for Pittsburgh

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Alchemy of Coal Hill

A Community-built Regional Park

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It’s a Housing Night in Pittsburgh

Housing is transit-related.  And hunger-related.  Housing is a health care issue and an environmental issue.  It affects LGBTQ communities and realtor associations.  It’s a human right and an exclusive privilege.  It’s out of reach for refugees and American-born...

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Bonus! More Housing Opportunity Fund Testimony

…continued from Housing Night. My regrets for not being able to include every speaker. Gabriel McMorland, Bloomfield resident (02:14:15) “The national realtors association and other trade groups have come into many cities across the country, and poured a...

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Dispatch #1

Pretending to be a writer is hard work, and I’ve been at it for a long six months.  Or somewhere between six months and five years, to be precise.  Perhaps you too have considered a mid-career change.  Is it time to chart a new course?  Is the razzle-dazzle life of a...

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Beyond the Shadows of Blight, Part One

Mellon’s Orchard On the front page of the business section of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was a story titled, “A matter of speculation.”  It told a century-old story of a young Thomas Mellon, who after marrying into the already wealthy Negley family, used their...

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Half of A Good House

[Houses completed by residents.  Photo: Christobal Palma]   The 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize has been awarded to Chilean architect, Alejandro Aravena. Though the Pritzker celebrates a living architect’s entire body of work, particular attention has been paid...

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The Alchemy of Coal Hill

[Photo courtesy of MWCDC]   It must rain in Emerald View Park sometimes, but for my fifth consecutive visit, sun filtered through the canopy onto the trail that led Thomas Guentner and I into the secluded, restorative woods of Mount Washington.  As we rounded a turn...

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