"Rudiak said lack of affordability for programs is a story she hears again and again from her constituents in the city’s southern neighborhoods and that needs to change. 'Pre-K can help us mediate many of our biggest challenges that I see every day in our neighborhoods and our schools, from high school truancy to high school dropout rates to even acts of violent crime,' said Rudiak."
"The ability of Pittsburgh residents to further connect with their government, now through an open online portal, will make living in the city smoother and more seamless, enhancing the idea that Pittsburgh is the country’s most livable city."
"'This ordinance will be coupled with an outreach strategy to engage our growing local tech community. We want innovation to address the needs of our neighbors, community leaders and our very own city empoyees.'"
"'They are a good business, a known business,' [URA's acting executive director Rob Rubinstein] said. 'And we think the idea of creating a sense of place is important to neighborhood building,' giving people a reason to 'park their car and get a sense of discovery.'"
"PennDOT expects the reconfiguration to reduce delays at the intersection, which handles upward of 40,000 vehicles per day, reduce the incidence of rear-end crashes and improve drainage at the site, which has been prone to flash flooding."
"But with cheap eats you're unlikely to find elsewhere in the 'Burgh, it's well worth the stop. And it joins the other scrumptious international eats you'll find in Brookline, perhaps the only neighborhood where you can find Mexican, Ghanaian and Lebanese food all within a few blocks of each other."
"The reply pointed out Carrick’s population of 10,113 makes it one of the largest neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. When comparing the per capita crime statistics of other neighborhoods with smaller populations, the numbers end up being similar."
"'Council has always supported the employees of UPMC. They’re our constituents, they’re our neighbors, they’re our family, they’re our friends and we’re here to show UPMC that we’re not intimidated, that we’re not going to back down that we’re going to continue to fight for our constituents,' Rudiak said."
"'While we are constantly working to improve Emerald View Park’s infrastructure, these recent improvements make a huge difference in the usability of the park,' says Ilyssa Manspeizer, MWCDC director of Park Development and Conservation."
"'At first, it was slow, and some people said things like, 'Go back to your country,'' Mr. Berumen said. 'You have to deal with that. They don't know me and my brothers. They don't know our lives or how hard we work. We're trying to have a better life. After they know us in Brookline, they love us and we love them. We want to keep the store in Brookline.'"
"Such scenes have become increasingly common in Beechview, a South Hills neighborhood that has become a hot spot for Latinos, especially Mexicans. And the increase has prompted entrepreneurs to open businesses and provide services that cater to the needs of the growing community that stretches into neighboring Brookline."
"Despite its young age, the cafe is already attracting heavy foot traffic. A recent lunch hour found the space packed, the atmosphere a bit hectic as diners noshed at the counter, and shoppers pushed carts around and ordered from the deli."
"Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Sister Janice has had the idea--or the dream, as she calls it--to open a center like Casa San Jose for years. The two-room center, located in the basement of St. Mark's Lutheran Church at 933 Brookline Blvd., will offer social services to the growing population of Latino immigrants in Beechview, Brookline and all around Pittsburgh."
"I was looking for a different kind of breakfast, something healthy and gentle on the internal organs. Could Pitaland Cafe, whose grocery store has long been lauded by a vegetarian colleague, be the answer?"
"'That is so uniquely Pittsburgh. For the last two years I have been thinking about what defines Pittsburgh as a space. What tells you you are in Pittsburgh? I can't think of anything more Pittsburgh than these neighborhood views. And the greenery. The greenery here riots.'"
"'This city is changing,' said Elie Kihonia, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who played guitar before a small crowd gathered in the CCAC auditorium. 'If you don't like it, you'd better move to another city. ... We're becoming more multicultural, more diverse.'"
"It's kept its own walkable classic main street (Brookline Boulevard) intact, and there's almost a mini-Strip District's worth of culinary variety along its length, including several bakeries, ice cream and coffee shops, Italian restaurants, and one-of-a-kind ethnic grocers like Pitaland and Las Palmas Carniceria. Add to that another totally unique flavor--the Egyptian food of Isis Cafe."
"...the congregation believes it is worthy of recognition, 'not only as a historic building, but also as an acknowledgment of what the church represents, the unique and significant importance of coal mining villages like Fairhaven in the development of Pittsburgh.'"
"Jasmine and classmate Kelsey Long, also 18 and recently graduated, along with foreign language teacher Devin Browne, the GSA sponsor, appeared before city council Tuesday, where Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak commended them for their efforts."
"The boroughs of Brentwood, Whitehall and Baldwin are working with the city neighborhoods of Carrick and Overbrook to rejuvenate their common corridors -- and some heavy hitters have noticed this group that calls itself Economic Development South."
"City councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, a daughter of a Polish immigrant, doesn't want the elite to be the sole focus of Pittsburgh's efforts to increase diversity. 'We see a lot of focus on high skilled immigrants. That's a great thing. But lots of refugees settled here and also need our support. We might have the next high-tech entrepreneur in this group, but unless we provide English language services and connections to larger resources, we may not see that talent emerge.'"
"It's the second-largest city neighborhood in Pittsburgh, but many people would be hard-pressed to find it on a map. However, those who live in Brookline call it the city's best-kept secret. WQED's Tonia Caruso documents the fascinating history of Brookline, and showcases the unique people, places and traditions."