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O’Connor’s Corner: History

With the O’Connor’s Corner project underway, let’s take a look back at all the hard work that got us here! Below is the timeline of progress on O’Connor’s Corner, starting with its initial proposal a decade ago. Timeline 2010 Concept drawing with clock by Rothchild/Doyno designating O’Connor’s Corner after series of community meetings and recommendations
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NEXTransit

Help plan the future of transit in Pittsburgh!

Port Authority of Allegheny County is seeking public input about the future of transit in our region as part of NEXTransit. NEXTransit will help inform where service should go, who it should serve, when it should operate, and which capital projects to prioritize over the next 25 years. Visit their website for more information: https://nextransit.network/ and
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Child Care Resources during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has made childcare more difficult to find, which can present a barrier to finding and maintaining employment in Squirrel Hill and across the nation. Here are some resources that can help you access childcare! The recently launched Allegheny Child Care Finder from Trying Together allows you to search for available childcare and summer
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Pittsburgh Releases New Bike(+) Plan

The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) has released its new Bike(+) Plan! DOMI uses the term “Bike(+)” to mean lightweight, low-speed vehicles without internal combustion engines, including traditional bicycles, kick-scooters, and skateboards, but also electric versions of those vehicles and other personal mobility devices. This inclusion is particularly important in neighborhoods
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Classic Lines’ Anti-Racist Reading Guide

Our beloved local bookstore, Classic Lines, has released an anti-racist reading list (reprinted below). To support one of our local businesses while learning how to combat racism, email classiclinesbooks@gmail.com to order a book, or visit the store in person! White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo.
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Race & Public Spaces: A Resource Guide

SHUC works with city planners to develop parks and other public spaces, and part of our Bike-Pedestrian Committee’s mission is to “ensure that our streets, sidewalks, and paths are safe…for all users.” It is essential to our mission that Squirrel Hill’s public spaces are safe for our Black neighbors. Towards that goal, we have compiled a list of resources for anti-racist city planning, as well as alternatives to calling 911.
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Black Lives Matter in Squirrel Hill

Here in Squirrel Hill, we take pride in being a welcoming, diverse community. Last weekend, many Squirrel Hill residents demonstrated their commitment to those principles by peacefully protesting against police brutality towards African Americans and other marginalized communities. These protests, like their counterparts across the country, aim to change systems of public safety to ensure
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412 Food Rescue District 8 Community Takeout Program

The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and Uncover Squirrel Hill are proud to be supporting 412 Food Rescue’s new District 8 Community Takeout program. This program provides a way to support local restaurants through the COVID-19 crisis by providing compensation for restaurant workers to create single-serve meals for distribution to families in need. In our local
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2021 Capital Budget Survey

Are there streets, intersections, bike lanes, or playgrounds that you would like to see improved? Fill out Pittsburgh’s 2021 Capital Budget Survey by June 19 to let the city know! The Capital Budget is used to determine spending on projects (as opposed to day-to-day operations), including flood control, complete streets, trails, housing, and more.
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Porch Party Wrap-Up

Throughout the stay-at-home order, SHUC hosted weekly porch parties to help Squirrel Hill residents connect with their neighbors from a safe distance. Our porch party series is now over, but here are some highlights: Cartographers – A Family Game Event with Games Unlimited (June 8) We had a blast playing Cartographers with Kylie Prymus from
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One Life

by Grant Oliphant, from the blog of The Heinz Endowments

For the love of God, white America, which part of this don’t we get?  Do we not see the armed cop’s knee pressing down for senseless, endless minutes on George Floyd’s neck as he begs for air? Do we not hear a helpless, handcuffed, unarmed man’s pleas for breath and mercy? Do we not register
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The Butcher, the Baker, and the Newspaper Seller

A lost documentary captures the old Jewish shopping district of Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill by MARK OPPENHEIMER This article is a fascinating account of the old Jewish shopping district of Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill written by MARK OPPENHEIMER. Here is the link to this incredible article: The Butcher, the Baker and the Newspaper Seller. Thank you for
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Lunar New Year 2020

Happy Lunar New Year! Squirrel Hill celebrated the Year of the Rat this year with a few Lunar New Year events! The 5th Annual Pittsburgh Community Lunar New Year Cultural Festival at St. Edmunds Academy featured music, lion dancing, martial arts, taiko drumming, and other cultural performances alongside arts and crafts activities and delicious food!
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“Run-Forward” Trail Proposal

SHUC’s Bike-Ped Committee is working to support the development of the “Run-Forward Trail” from “The Run” to Monitor Street. This trail system will connect Squirrel Hill with Greenfield, Hazelwood, and Oakland (and, by extension, Downtown). The Run-Forward Trail would improve the accessibility of the Forward-Murray area and provide access to major development nodes like SouthSide
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2019 Squirrel Hill Treasures

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, serving our community for over 120 years. Michael Ehrmann, transformational president of Squirrel Hill Historical Society from 2003 to 2019. Sunburst School of Music, providing high quality instrument and voice training in Squirrel Hill Since 2011. Our valiant City of Pittsburgh First Responders, represented by Police Commander Daniel
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PWSA to Replace Lead Pipes in Squirrel Hill South and Greenfield Neighborhoods

Leading the first half of SHUC’s monthly board meeting on Thursday March 19th, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) Executive Director Robert Weimer and representatives will be on hand from 6pm to 7pm at the Multipurpose Room at The Children’s Institute to explain more about PWSA’s lead line program. PWSA has since collected over 160
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The 2019 Lunar New Year Celebration: February 2-17

IN OUR 4th year of festivities, SHUC with our partners Uncover Squirrel Hill, Jewish Family and Community Services, and the Organization of Chinese Americans in Pittsburgh, will be heading to Heinz History Center this Saturday February 2nd as we welcome in the Year of the Golden Earth Pig! From 2:30pm to 4:30pm on the ground
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