Cutthroat Island, Part One

Cutthroat Island, Part One

East Liberty’s trajectory was altered by three events that defined the month of July 2015. Early on, more than 200 residents of the Penn Plaza apartment complex were served 90-day eviction notices. A couple of weeks later, an emergency meeting was held by city...
What is the Realty Transfer Tax?

What is the Realty Transfer Tax?

In December 2016, Pittsburgh City Council approved the Housing Opportunity Fund (HOF) to support the creation and preservation of affordable housing. Like most every city in the nation, Pittsburgh’s shortage of affordable housing options has reached crisis...
Beam Me Up!

Beam Me Up!

An article I submitted to the NewPeople, a publication of the Thomas Merton Center, was going to print, but I didn’t yet know what title the editor had chosen for it.  It turned out to be “Affordable housing in crisis.”  That was fifteen years ago. Now, just moments...