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09-18-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in

Under the current federal administration, the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) continues to be under attack. The biggest challenge to equitable access to capital in decades has just begun. We have 62 days to act, starting now. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) opened comment on an advanced notice of proposed rule-making (ANPR) for “modernizing” CRA. [...]

09-17-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in

Welcome to PCRG’s Payday Lending page. We Hope these resources can help you educate your members on the dangers of payday loans and the opportunities available for helping meet the financial needs of the most vulnerable in your community.   Payday Lending Overview Pennsylvania has some of the strongest laws in the nation protecting us [...]

06-28-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in Advocacy, Members, News, Policy, Research, Vacant Property Working Group (VPWG)

PCRG’s new publication, The Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act: 10 Years of Productive Reuse, is now available to our member organizations and the greater public. This volume includes case studies on prominent Allegheny County conservatorships, a look inside Philadelphia’s use, and policy surrounding the law. Ten years after the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed the Abandoned [...]

06-27-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in Advocacy, Members, News, Policy, Vacant Property Working Group (VPWG)

As many of you know, Pittsburgh has an acute shortage of affordable housing.  The reasons for the shortage are complex, and include factors as varied as: the Federal Housing Administration’s mortgage lending requirements in mid-20th century America, which preferred single-family homes in homogeneous neighborhoods over mixed housing forms in heterogeneous neighborhoods; the decline in Pittsburgh’s [...]

03-28-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in Events, Member services, News, Policy

Each year, PCRG prides itself on bringing in dynamic speakers from across the country to present some of the newest and most challenging ideas to regional community development. At this year’s Summit, our keynote speakers will address issues that can be difficult to face but have important implications for our collective work. In addition to [...]

03-21-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Chris Sandvig  |  Published in GoBurgh, News, Policy

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a high-quality bus-based system that delivers a higher quality, more attractive transit experience than typical bus operations. It does this via busways or dedicated lanes with train-like stations, off-board fare collection, high service frequency, and easily-recognized routing. Because it contains features similar to a light rail or metro system, BRT is [...]

11-28-2017  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in Events, Members, News, Policy, Programs

The winter is here, and with winter comes our annual tradition: seeking speakers for our Community Development Summit in the spring! PCRG’s 2018 Community Development Summit will take place May 15-16, 2018 and we are seeking outstanding sessions on all topics relating to community development. Our sessions in the past have covered everything from land [...]

11-27-2017  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in News, Policy, Resources, Vacant Property Working Group (VPWG)

Two weeks ago, on Tuesday, November 14, the House Urban Affairs Committee held a hearing entitled A Progress Report on PA Land Banks at the Five-Year Mark. Witnesses testified to the accomplishments of land banks across the state. The hearing provided an opportunity for reflection; while much has been accomplished, land banking in Pittsburgh is still more theoretical [...]

06-16-2017  | 0 Comments  |  by Alix Levy  |  Published in News, Newsletter Archives, Policy, Programs

In anticipation of the adoption of Mayor Peduto’s proposed capital budget, the City’s Office of Community Affairs hosted two deliberative forums, one in Brookline on June 8th, and one in Shadyside on June 14th. Deliberative forums give citizens the ability brainstorm and discuss issues with policy makers and one another, and provides a more participatory [...]

05-2-2017  | 0 Comments  |  by Chris Sandvig  |  Published in Events, News, Newsletter Archives, Policy

It’s rightly one of Pittsburgh’s hottest community development topics, and we felt that it was time that we had a discussion about what to do about it. Pittsburgh is changing at a rapid, accelerating pace. Investment of all types are reinvigorating local economies, bringing more opportunities than we’ve had in generations.  But, this makeover continues [...]