Posts byBritt Reints

Tell Us Your Squirrel Hill Story

You may have noticed a new feature in the spring issue of Squirrel Hill Magazine®: Reflections on Neighborhood (pg. 38) by Emad Mirmotahari was the first installment of Squirrel Hill Stories. Our hope is that this column, to be written by Squirrel Hill residents, will highlight the many different perspectives and histories that fill our vibrant neighborhood. In
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Bus Rapid Transit Project Update

In 2011, Port Authority of Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh began a study of potential improvements to the transit system. One possible improvement identified by the study was a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) that would address transit between Downtown and Oakland, and possibly extend to other East End neighborhoods. On April 3rd, your Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition
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Membership

Support SHUC by becoming a member today! If you are a current member, thank you very much for your support! Your support is what makes the many exciting developments for Squirrel Hill possible, from brand-new headline events like Squirrel Hill Night Market and Lunar New Year in Squirrel Hill to beautiful additions for our commercial district,
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Committees

We know that everyone has different ideas about how to maintain a vibrant and thriving Squirrel Hill. To guide us in our work of building a neighborhood we all want to live in, we have over 15 committees to provide an open forum for residents’ ideas and energy. Based on decisions made at the committee
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Bus Rapid Transit Project Public Meeting

SHUC is hosting a community presentation by City Planning and Port Authority on the current planning of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. The BRT project is intended to better connect communities in the Downtown-Oakland-East End corridor, and more specifically connect residents to job centers, educational opportunities, medical services, and cultural attractions. Monday, April 3,
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Squirrel Hill Bike Plan

The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition’s Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee is developing a Bicycling Master Plan for Squirrel Hill. We see this as a broad overview and basis for discussion with the Squirrel Hill and bicycling communities. Our focus is on routes in and through Squirrel Hill that form a useful transportation network. Routes in adjacent neighborhoods are
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March 30: SHUC Night Out

Join us for a night out with neighbors and friends at Northwood Realty’s newly renovated office. While you enjoy complimentary appetizers and good conversation, check out the 40-inch touchscreens designed to enhance your home selling or buying experience. Northwood Realtors will be on hand to discuss your needs. Meet your Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition board
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Explore Squirrel Hill

Squirrel Hill is a residential neighborhood in the East End of the city of Pittsburgh.The neighborhood is known for its vibrant business district along Forbes and Murray Avenues where residents and visitors shop and dine. Find out more about Squirrel Hill demographics, the history of the neighborhood, and the schools in the neighborhood. We’ve also compiled a
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Squirrel Hill Winter Mixer

Calling all Squirrel Hill businesses, entrepreneurs, and professionals! Join the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and Uncover Squirrel Hill on Wednesday, March 8th from 5:30-8:00pm (come early or late) for a Squirrel Hill Winter Mixer! Bring your business cards for a night of meaningful networking with other professionals and businesses in Squirrel Hill – and learn
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Pittsburgh Celebrates Lunar New Year in Squirrel Hill

For the second year, Squirrel Hill will be celebrating Lunar New Year for two weeks, beginning with a kick-off celebration on Saturday, January 28th from 1 to 5pm at the Jewish Community Center. Year of the Rooster Kick-Off Celebration Proposed Program (subject to change). 1:00 Welcome and Lunar New Year Proclamation by Councilman Dan Gilman 1:10
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Proposed New Schenley Park Golf Course Clubhouse

Original Post January 4, 2017: The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition (SHUC), Councilman Corey O’Connor, and the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs are co-hosting a community meeting on January 5th at the Children’s Institute to discuss the proposed construction of a new golf clubhouse in Schenley Park. This meeting is an opportunity for residents to learn
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The Gift of Community – Day of Giving 2

September 21st, 2016

This #DayofGiving, September 21 (8am to midnight), you can give the gift of a vibrant, sustainable Squirrel Hill community with a donation to the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition at PittsburghGives. Thanks to the generosity of our SHUC Board of Directors and our Coalition members, every dollar you give will be matched up to $10,000 at givingday.pittsburghgives.org.
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Urban Redevelopment Authority Basic Conditions Report For Forward-Murray Study Area

In January, 2016, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh commissioned and obtained a BASIC CONDITIONS REPORT FOR THE MURRAY-FORWARD STUDY AREA,  concluding that the area merits the certification as an area in need for assistance. This is a critical next step in efforts to facilitate private and public redevelopment of the area.  (See Full Report)].
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Squirrel Hill Master Plan

In the late 1980’s, UDA Architects, on behalf of SHUC, conducted a community wide planning process in which the 1990 Squirrel Hill Master Plan was developed. One of the chief goals was the successful development of the slag dump into what is now the vibrant Sommerset community. In 2009 an update of that plan was undertaken,
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OPINION FEATURE – DECISIONS AT THE ROUND TABLE: Superintendent Crowned

By Guest Writer- Johnson Martin, Ph.D Retired Ex. Director and former principal in the Pittsburgh School District unclebis@gmail.com   The three most influential positions in the city are police commissioner, mayor and school superintendent.  The process for the first two was decided by the voters and an appointed selection committee.  Now the taxpayers of the
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Finding A New Resolution

By Andrew Shull   As the neighborhood gears up for the Holiday season, one tradition is less about the more prevalent themes of community and family: the New Year’s Resolution. And often, the New Year’s Resolution is a lofty goal that can seem daunting.   But we don’t have to greet this impending new year
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Explore Squirrel Hill

The most diverse neighborhood in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area

Squirrel Hill, five minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, combines tree lined residential streets, a bustling business district, internationally recognized educational institutions, and over two large public parks. Squirrel Hill is considered one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the Pittsburgh region. Five minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill combines tree-lined residential streets, bustling business districts, authentic eateries,
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Weekly News Update: November 13th, 2015

Officials announce two full weekend closures of I-376 East (WPXI) Parkway East to close for two weekends to prep for Greenfield Bridge demolition (TribLive) Vendors, customers upset about the early closing for Squirrel Hill farmers market (Post Gazette) What Pennsylvania’s shift to Democrats portends (TribLive) Councilman Wants To Loosen The Leash On Pittsburgh Food Trucks
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2015 Squirrel Hill Treasure Awards

Our 2015 Squirrel Hill Treasure Awards was a great success! Congratulations to this year’s Treasures: David Stock, Mike Chen, Bill Isler, and Taylor Allderdice High School! A heart-felt thanks to all our wonderful guests, supporters, and in particular to our very generous sponsors! Each dollar made at this event helps to underwrite 47% of our
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Weekly News Update: October 16th, 2015

Your weekly dose of Squirrel Hill news, provided by our faithful and tireless local news sources! Pittsburgh City Council To Clarify Drone Laws (WESA) Dlinn overlooked (TribLive) Ethics, campaign finance bills advance in Pittsburgh City Council (Post Gazette) Ethics And Campaign Finance Proposals Move Forward In Pittsburgh City Council (WESA) Good Samaritan tries to help
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Plans for Wightman Park Revealed

By Meghan Poisson-DeWit – Editor Last night, the Wightman School gymnasium was full of parents, neighbors, and community members interested in the future of the dilapidated Wightman Park. After many months of drafting and planning, Pashek Associates shared their $2.8 million dollar masterplan with the community, asking for questions, comments, and their overall responses.  
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What’s Going On At Forward and Murray?

By Raymond N. Baum, President Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition info@SHUC.org   The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition has been working with Mayor Bill Peduto, Councilman Corey O’Connor and many others to pave the way for redevelopment of the vacant, underutilized and blighted properties at the intersection of Forward and Murray Avenues (also known as the Squirrel
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Lights, Camera, History!

The historic space at 1922 Murray Avenue transforms once again By Chris Zurawsky   The old saying, “If these walls could talk …”, took on new meaning for Rabbi Mordy Rudolph, executive director of The Friendship Circle, during interior demolition last year at the organization’s new Murray Avenue home, in the former Gullifty’s restaurant.  
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SHUC Treasure Awards 2015: Who’s Who

Written and Assembled by Meghan Poisson-DeWitt   Bill Isler Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Bill Isler’s career in education began soon after graduating from St. Vincent College when he taught sixth and seventh grade. Drafted into the army in 1970, it was his return as director of health agencies’ early childhood services in 1972 that
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Always Moving Forward

Sixth Presbyterian Church celebrates a long history of change and renewal By Sue Koehler   In its 165-year history, Sixth Presbyterian Church has evolved, often reflecting changes in the city and in society at large.   The congregation was chartered in 1850.  Before it came to Squirrel Hill, it occupied a site uptown at the
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SHUC Community Open House

Mark your Calendars! Join us at the Jewish Community Center on October 15th for the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition’s Community Open House!     Do you have comments? Questions? Something you want to make sure we cover? Leave your comments in the comment box below! We’d love to hear from you!
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Envisioning the Future of Forward & Murray

By Richard Feder Chair of SHUC’s Master Planning Committee The Squirrel Hill Community Master Plan, completed in 1990 (and updated in 2011), identified a vision for the neighborhood: to maintain Squirrel Hill as a healthy, vibrant, diverse and stable neighborhood. Many projects have been done since the Plan was formulated that have enhanced Squirrel Hill,
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From Generation to Generation

By Jennifer Bails With its towering, gray-stone edifice set high atop Forward Avenue, many comment on the resemblance between Community Day School and the fictional Hogwarts Castle in the Harry Potter series. And while one might easily imagine a game of Quidditch being played on broomsticks outside the Gothic Revival-style building, a different kind of
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Weekly News Update: September 28th, 2015

Start your week right with all your Squirrel Hill related news from out dedicated and tireless local news sources! Squirrel Hill artist contributes ‘A Million Marks’ to India in Focus program (Post Gazette) Great Race notebook: Couple wins 5K titles (Trib Live) First Draft: Suds and a show — movie theaters embrace and imbibe (Trib
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Weekly News Update: September 11th, 2015

Your weekly dose of Squirrel Hill news, provided by our faithful and tireless local news sources! Travel back to the 1700s at cemetery history walk (thealmanac.net) Paying to park in your own driveway? Pittsburgh working to fix ordinance (WPXI) Obscure Pittsburgh driveway parking ordinance still on books 2 years after pledge to change it (Trib
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Weekly News Update: September 4th, 2015

Your weekly dose of Squirrel Hill news, provided by our faithful and tireless local news sources!   Shortened Farmers Market season brings disappointment, petition (Jewish Chronicle) Eat, shop under neon lights at Squirrel Hill Night Market (Post Gazette) Local Paintball Operator Told To Leave Land Housing Authority Claims It Owns (CBS) Circus of the Kids makes
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Weekly News Update: August 14th, 2015

Need to be updated on Squirrel Hill related news? Check back here each week for our News Update, featuring articles and videos from our local news networks!   Summerset at Frick Park: A new, traditional neighborhood redefining Pittsburgh (Pop City Media) Jewish Federation to host forum with PPS superintendent, Pittsburgh Promise head (Post Gazette) Local
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Solarize Squirrel Hill Official Kick-Off Workshop

Join the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and the Solarize Squirrel Hill team to launch an exciting new solar campaign in our community – Solarize Squirrel Hill! Solarize Squirrel Hill Official Kick-Off Workshop Wednesday, August 26 5:30 – 7:30 pm Registration and networking from 5:30; presentations begin at 6 p.m. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill
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June 12, 2015

Need to be updated on Squirrel Hill related news? Check back here each week for our News Update, featuring articles and videos from our local news networks! Crash shuts down outbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel (WTAE) Crash inside Squirrel Hill Tunnel causing backups on Parkway East(WPXI) RAW: Crash inside Squirrel Hill Tunnel causing delays on Parkway
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