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Making it in Pittsburgh as a Somali Bantu

May 11, 2017

Making it in Pittsburgh as a Somali Bantu from the New Pittsburgh Courier“This year, I began working with the Somali Bantu refugee community in Pittsburgh as part of a church-led community effort to help them thrive in this city. What started as the simple task of collecting clothing items or kitchen utensils for families evolved […]

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Inner City Renaissance: Helping the Poor Help Themselves

May 11, 2017

Inner City Renaissance: Helping the Poor Help Themselves from Christianity Today“As economic development initiatives sweep the country, some evangelical churches are showing the way.”

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Advocate aids low-income residents to fix property violations

May 11, 2017

Advocate aids low-income residents to fix property violations from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette“Four neighborhood groups got together to form the Alliance in 2009. Now with a staff of seven, it advocates for businesses, creates and preserves green space, works on street beautification and public safety projects and helps homeowners improve their properties.”

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The robots are coming. Will they take Pittsburgh jobs or open new opportunities?

May 11, 2017

The robots are coming. Will they take Pittsburgh jobs or open new opportunities? from Public Source“The experience led Sargent to rethink his work, and he found a new job at NASA building robots to send to Mars. But he never forgot that day at the farm and the workers who probably had to look elsewhere […]

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One City in Pennsylvania is Poised to Crush the 21st Century … but it’s not Philadelphia

May 11, 2017

One City in Pennsylvania is Poised to Crush the 21st Century … but it’s not Philadelphia. from Philadelphia Magazine“How Pittsburgh positioned itself as a tech and innovation power player.”

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Is Pittsburgh’s economy growing for everyone?

May 11, 2017

Is Pittsburgh’s economy growing for everyone? from the Pittsburgh City Paper“The idea of equal economic growth across all demographics is something Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has campaigned on with his “city for all” agenda. Peduto’s mayoral opponent, Rev. John Welch, has also made inclusive growth a big part of his messaging, arguing the city’s growing […]

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Peduto issues call to action on tenant protections and affordable housing

April 7, 2017

Peduto issues call to action on tenant protections and affordable housing from the New Pittsburgh Courier“Developers announced without notice in the summer of 2015 that they were evicting some 200 residents from two buildings at Pennley Park to make way for demolition and re-purposing of the site. The Mayor’s Office worked with all stakeholders to […]

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Frustrations boil over at forum…Resident challenges community to ‘step up’

April 7, 2017

Frustrations boil over at forum…Resident challenges community to ‘step up’ from the New Pittsburgh Courier“Community leaders, along with city and county public safety, and health personnel, got more than they expected at a recent community violence panel discussion in Homewood when residents expressed frustration at the level of community violence and the apparent lack of […]

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Rapid transit proposal gets positive reviews at sessions

April 7, 2017

Rapid transit proposal gets positive reviews at sessions from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette“Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald is pleasantly surprised at the mostly positive public response to the proposal to set up a Bus Rapid Transit system between Oakland and Downtown Pittsburgh.”

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Why It’s So Hard to Get Ahead in the South

April 7, 2017

Why It’s So Hard to Get Ahead in the South from the Atlantic“In Charlotte and other Southern cities, poor children have the lowest odds of making it to the top income bracket of kids anywhere in the country. Why?”

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