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04-5-2019  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in News, Vacant Property Working Group (VPWG)

Following the passage of the statewide legislation in 2012, the City of Pittsburgh, community organizations, community development corporations and land bank advocates worked to create the City of Pittsburgh’s Land Bank Ordinance, which was enacted in 2014. The legislation was intended to create a citywide land bank that would return blighted, tax delinquent property to [...]

07-25-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in Member services, News, Partners, Programs, Vacant Property Working Group (VPWG)

Like many neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, Observatory Hill, also known as Perry North, has seen significant decline over the past few decades. In recent years, Observatory Hill Incorporated, a local community group, has started to take action to address issues of blight and vacancy in their community. PCRG member Northside Leadership Conference has been working closely [...]

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 [...]

01-31-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in Events, News, Programs

2018 is in full swing, and so is planning for the Annual Community Development Summit. Over the last few years, we have explored like Building Complete Communities, Reaching Across Boundaries, and The Power of Place, putting the focus on projects that can be implemented to improve our neighborhoods. This year, we’re taking a different approach: we’ll be celebrating [...]

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 [...]

11-6-2017  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in Community Acquisition and Rehabilitation Loan, News, Partners, Programs

Justin has been at PCRG since September 18th, working as an Executive Ally through CORO Pittsburgh’s Public Allies program. Justin is currently developing both a capitalization plan as well as a communication plan for the Community Acquisition and Rehabilitation Loan (CARL). He is working closely with both PCRG’s Executive Director as well as Walter Burlack, [...]