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An Urgent Request From The Publisher

Posted by Elwin Green on August 29, 2014 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Readers,

 

I'm writing to ask for your help WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE HOURS.

 

Today, I was invited to apply for a $20,000 grant to help fund the continued development of Homewood Nation. Two such grants are being offered by UNITY: Journalists for Diversity, Inc., in its "New U: News Entrepreneurs Working through UNITY" competition. NewU exists "to supp...

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Homewood Nation, v. 2: Part 2 - Hanging Out For The Good Of The Hood

Posted by Elwin Green on August 28, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

In my last post, I announced that a major upgrade of Homewood Nation is coming, and that Google Hangouts On Air will be a major part of of that upgrade.

 

With a Hangout On Air, a group of people (up to ten, I believe) can use webcams (or other video cameras attached to computers) to video conference over the Internet.

 

I...

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Homewood Nation, v. 2: Part 1 - A Community Heads Up

Posted by Elwin Green on August 28, 2014 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (1)

So, this happened:

 

I went to Operation Better Block's meeting about redeveloping Homewood's business district Tuesday evening.

 

Those of you who follow Homewood Nation on Twitter, or who have

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DEVELOPMENT: OBB planning process to focus on business district

Posted by Elwin Green on August 26, 2014 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

A meeting hosted by Operation Better Block this evening will give Homewood residents and business owners the opportunity to begin collaborating on a plan for redeveloping the neighborhood's business district.

 

The meeting, at 5:30 p.m. at Community Empowerment Association (7120 Kelly St.), will be the first of three public meetings to get community input for a plan covering Homewood Avenue between the Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway and Frankstown Ave., as well as a stret...

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Black Pittsburgh: Past and Future

Posted by C. Matthew Hawkins on August 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

For some reason there has been a recent flurry of discussions on social media about the racial disparity report that was written by Ralph Bangs and Larry Davis of the School of Social Work back in 2007, as an op-ed written by the two for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Pittsburgh's shame," makes the rounds. Bangs has been documenting racial disparity in Alleghe...

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Context, context, context

Posted by Elwin Green on July 25, 2014 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (1)

I'm just going to leave this here, ok? From the office of Mayor William Peduto:

 

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 25, 2014) The governing board of the National League of Cities today chose Pittsburgh as the site of its 2016 Congress of Cities and Exposition, which will draw thousands of local government officials from around the country to the city.

 

That year will also mark the 200th anniversary of Pittsburgh city government.

 

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TRANSITIONS: Olivia Jones, long-time exec at H-B YMCA

Posted by Elwin Green on July 21, 2014 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (1)

UPDATED July 22, 2014, 8:33 pm.

Olivia Jones, who served as branch director of the Homewood-Brushton YMCA for 24 years, passed away early Monday morning.


An earlier, longer version of this story has been taken down in accordance with the wishes of Ms. Jones' family, who have requested a media blackout - other than sharing information about the memorial arrangements - until after Ms. Jones'  funeral. We will provide more complete coverage then. Meanwhile, th...

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Another Saturday In The Hood - 0712

Posted by Elwin Green on July 12, 2014 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (1)

I'm about to head across the street to Baptist Temple Church to participate in the 5K Homewood Prayer Walk. Registration starts at starts at 8 am, and the walk begins at 9.


The walk is a fundraiser for the Homewood-Brushton YMCA, to help celebrate the branch's 100th anniversary. Registration is $5.


The fundraising aspect is especially timely, as the YMCA suffered a fire a few weeks ago. Branch executive Ric Williams said that the while the fire was a small ...

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Money Flows Larimer's Way

Posted by C. Matthew Hawkins on July 2, 2014 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Two weeks ago we were discussing, on these pages of Homewood Nation, whether or not President Obama should have made a swing through Pittsburgh’s African American neighborhoods to wave at his most ardent and unapologetic supporters as he visited the Tech Shop in Bakery Square. At the time I said that I thought that the president made frequent trips to Southwestern Pennsylvania to streng...

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BUSINESS: Being About It

Posted by Elwin Green on June 20, 2014 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Crunched for time here, so this will brief and informal...


If you are a business owner in Homewood, whether your operate your business online, from a home office, or in a storefront, and you have not yet participated in any of the meetings that are happening NOW (not the ones that happened XXX years ago) to form a Homewood Business Association, then you need to check out the process underway.


The meetings, which began last month, are being facilitated by Ma...

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In October 2005, after a bullet came through his living room window, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Elwin Green began writing "My Homewood," the first blog on the P-G's website. For 4 1/2 years, "My Homewood" shared stories of tragedy and beauty, of perplexity and hope - stories that live again in "The Homewood Chronicles."

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