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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Squirrel Hill Magazine

A Free Quarterly Publication of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition

Squirrel Hill Magazine® (SHM) is a free publication provided by the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition (SHUC) to the residents of the Squirrel Hill neighborhood. Printed four times a year, SHM brings news, updates and entertainment to our readers. Supported almost entirely by our wonderful advertisers, SHM helps to inform and unite our community. SHM is
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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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8 Pittsburgh Holiday Traditions

By Meghan Poisson-DeWitt   Wintergarden at PPG Place PPG Place has been a Pittsburgh icon since its construction began in 1981. While the 5.5-acre complex is not lacking in ameneties, it’s the glass enclosed Wintergarden that makes our list. Over the holiday season, the warmth and light of the Wintergarden beacons with its seasonal displays.
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SHOP WITH SHUC!

Monday, December 5th

SHOP WITH SHUC! Join us to shop at Ten Thousand Villages in Squirrel Hill on Monday, December 5th, and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition! Shoppers can enter to win a $50 gift card to Ten Thousand Villages! Come make a dent in your holiday shopping while
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ROCK THE BLOCK in Squirrel Hill!

Saturday, October 15th - 5-10pm

Join us for an October festival + block party in the streets!   Rock The Block is an outdoor market and music festival in the heart of the Squirrel Hill business district, Saturday, October 15th from 5-10 PM on Murray Avenue.  Two blocks will be closed down for a street festival featuring 40 local Squirrel
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Reflecting on Western Pennsylvania: Squirrel Hill as Setting

By Kimberly McElhatten   The essay collection Western Pennsylvania Reflections: Stories from the Alleghenies to Lake Erie features sixteen creative nonfiction selections with ties to Western Pennsylvania, two written by Squirrel Hill natives, Sue Kreke Rumbaugh and Marjorie Maddox.   In her essay, “Playing Among the Dead and Dying,” Rumbaugh recreates the Squirrel Hill of
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Reading About Squirrel Hill

Helen Wilson, Vice-President, Squirrel Hill Historical Society “Squirrel Hill is one of Pittsburgh’s premier residential neighborhoods and also has a vibrant neighborhood commercial center and three exceptional parks. In a time when city neighborhoods across the nation struggle for survival, Squirrel Hill thrives, develops, and redevelops itself.” Those are the opening lines of Squirrel Hill,
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It’s All in the Subtext: A Theater Professor Turned Crime Writer

By Camille Chidsey   If you like a good suspense story with hometown plot twists, consider checking out Kathleen George. Known best for her Pittsburgh-based procedural thriller series, George is no stranger to the intricacies of subtle storytelling and verbal wordplay. Currently a professor in the Theatre Arts Department at the University of Pittsburgh (with
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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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2016 Treasure Awards

November 2nd, 2016

For our 2016 Annual Treasure Awards, we are honoring:   Friendship Circle: A dynamic civic organization leading the way to greater neighborhood inclusion Classic Lines/Books and more: A vibrant independent business fostering community ties. Citiparks: An essential Community Partner enlivening our urban backyard. Community Day School: An Invaluable Historical Building and Educational Institution – Our
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Community Meeting: 1830 Beechwood Blvd & Burton L. Hirsch Funeral Home Projects

Community Meeting on September 6th  Discussing Two New Projects in Squirrel Hill (1) 6pm – Proposed 11 Single-Family homes on 1830 Beechwood Blvd** (2) 6:45pm – Proposed Multi-Family Building at 2710 Murray Avenue, site of former landmark On September 6th, the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and Councilman Corey O’Connor invited neighbors to come hear the
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September Night Market One of Ten [ ] We Move Celebrations

In July, as part of his Welcoming Pittsburgh Initiative, Mayor Bill Peduto announced  the We Move series, an assortment of ten community-led cultural celebrations. The We Move events are focused on promoting immigrant, Latino and African American inclusion in Pittsburgh while celebrating our diverse cultures. The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition is
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Pittsburgh’s Environmentally Conscious Mayors from Squirrel Hill

By Helen Wilson Vice-President, Squirrel Hill Historical Society   Pittsburgh officially became a city on March 18, 1816, with the signing of incorporation papers that gave its citizens the right to govern themselves. The event probably didn’t cause much of a stir in Squirrel Hill because it didn’t belong to Pittsburgh until it was annexed
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Sixth Presbyterian Church Certified as a national Presbyterian Earth Care Congregation

By Nora Johnson   Sixth Church, located at the corner of Forbes and Murray Avenues in the heart of Squirrel Hill, has been an active environmental congregation for some time, collecting recyclable materials, replacing energy inefficient fixtures and thermostats, planting trees along Murray Avenue last year and taking part regularly in the Squirrel Hill Urban
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