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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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Wightman Park Renovation

On Wednesday, October 28th, Squirrel Hill’s Wightman park re-opened after years of planning and significant renovations. This renovation project has been a significant investment by Mayor Peduto’s administration, the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works, former Councilman Gilman and Councilperson Strassburger, PWSA, ALCOSAN, and other partners. View the press release here. The following elements are featured within Wightman Park:   Significant green
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Murray the Squirrel: 1st Day of In-person Learning for Sunday School

Rodef Shalom and Beth Shalom Sunday School invited Murray the Squirrel to a socially distanced celebration of the first day of in-person learning. Rabbi Larry Freedman, the director of a joint religious school between Rodef Shalom and Beth Shalom, requested Murray the Squirrel for a fun surprise for everyone at dismissal on Sunday, October 25th.
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2021 Squirrel Hill Calendar

The Squirrel Hill Historical Society and Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition have teamed up to create a beautiful calendar. This neighborhood 2021 Calendar celebrates the holidays of Squirrel Hill’s diverse community. Calendars are $19.25 ( tax included) and $21.50 if shipping is needed. We plan to make the calendars available on November 16th, 2020. Please click
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Make a Difference Day – Litter Patrol

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Litter Patrol event! Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition would like to recognize the following people: Campus Laboratory School of Carlow University – This wonderful group was kind enough to collaborate to make this event successful. Thank you! Guy Costa – He is one of the Squirrel Hill Urban
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Socially Distanced Litter Patrol Event

In honor of Make a Difference Day, the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition will be hosting a Litter Patrol in collaboration with the Campus Laboratory School of Carlow University! The event will take place on Saturday, October 24th, 2020, 9:00 am – 11:00 am. All participants should meet outside of Dunkin Donuts (Forbes & Shady) or
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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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