Member Highlight: Perry Hilltop and Fineview

24 Jul

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1. Organizations Partnering: Fineview Citizens Council and Perry Hilltop Citizens Council

2. Founding Date: FCC – 1983, PHCC – 1968

3. Current Staff Size: 2 full-time staff members

4. Geographic Area Served: Fineview and Perry Hilltop (Perry South)

5. Mission Statement:

FCC: To develop affordable and desirable housing through public and private funds, to foster a strong sense of pride and ownership in the community and to generally improve the quality of life for each citizen in Fineview.

PHCC: To stimulate civic and social action on a non-sectarian, non-partisan and interracial basis to benefit all residents and to improve the quality of life for all residents and business enterprises within the Perry Hilltop neighborhood.


Talking with Joanna Deming, Program Manager

6. What is one project or program that you are really excited about?

We have a couple really cool projects that we are doing right now, thanks in part to strong volunteer leadership from our board and community partners. One that stands out is Corner of Hope where students from The Pittsburgh Project, along with artist and teacher Sandy Kessler Kaminski, recreated 9 Negro League Murals that were installed on a newly improved parklet. The lot was neglected after an initial investment 20 years ago. The project was supported by local developer Oakglade Realty. The ribbon cutting celebration drew 75-100 people and was featured in multiple news outlets. The project was also highlighted at the Pittsburgh Pirates African American Heritage Night game in June.

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7. What are some of the corporation’s recent accomplishments?

We are partnering to promote development in our communities, while making sure long-term and vulnerable residents have a place in its future. We are working to build an inclusive community. In order to bring our community together around a common vision and create a path forward, we are undergoing a board and staff led comprehensive planning process that has engaged over 225 of our neighbors and brought local service providers to the table. Learn more at!


9. Tell us what you love about your neighborhood. What is your neighborhood’s best kept secret?

Fineview has one of the best views in the city, with Fineview Park just a block away. It is home to historic Heathside Cottage, which is owned by Greg Manley, who opens his home to friends and neighbors for local theater, musical, and dining experiences.

Perry Hilltop is home to Ballfield Farm, The Pittsburgh Project, Charles Street Cafe (summer only), Fowler Park and Pool, Allegheny Goatscape, and a brand new co-working space at Oakglade Realty.


10. What is an interesting fact about your corporation or its history? 

Fineview had the first curved incline in Pittsburgh. It ran from Federal St at Henderson St. to Catoma St. near Meadville St.

Perry Hilltop was the original home for the University of Pittsburgh, known then as Western University of Pennsylvania.


11. What are some of your upcoming events?

Sunday, August 27th, 11-1pm – Ribbon Cutting at Unity Corner, 1-4pm – Community Picnic at Fineview Park.


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