State of the Land Report: October2022

Welcome to the State of the Land Report!

October 2022

A Year in Review: This marks 1 year of State of the Land Reports and 1 year of our network being better informed! For the full review of reports go here to look back. We also want to give special recognition to our amazing team of Interns and Fellows who have played an integral role in keeping the State of Land Report running smoothly: Thank you Isaac Williams, Gracie Brickner, Matt Nealon, and Maya McCray!

State of the Land Updates

October 2021

Reporting on the November 2021 Primary Elections and Debate Takeaways

IPCC Climate Report Breakdown

311 Vacant Land Call Monitoring 

November 2021

Election Results Breakdown

Pittsburgh Lead Safety Law Introduction

December 2021

Land Bank Year in Review

Vacant Land Ownership Pathways

2020 Census Data Breakdown 

Janurary 2022

Stewardship First Campaign Site Audit Report

Upcoming Pittsburgh Land Bank Changes

Senate Bill 811 and House Bill 610

Feburary 2022

Property Tax Disparities

“Blight” Report in Wilkinsburg 

March 2022

Review of Mayor Gainey’s Transition Team Listening Sessions and Idea Wall Storyboard

April 2022

101 Guide for Getting Involved in City of Pittsburgh and Agency Meetings 

URA Changes in Leadership

Data Governance Recognition for City of Pittsburgh

May 2022

Review of Pittsburgh Land Bank Events since 2014

Breakdown of Mayor Gainey’s Transition Report 

June 2022 

Pittsburgh Black Homeownership Report Findings

Review of Tri-Party Cooperation Agreement and Missing Piece for Land Bank 

July 2022

Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia: A Comparative of Vacant Land in Pennsylvania’s Largest Cities

August 2022

Pennsylvania Vacant Land Policy in the Context of National Trends

September 2022

Ground Truthing and Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference Recap

Call To Action

Become a resident data collector and help us reimagine vacant land in the City of Pittsburgh! Contact Becca by Wednesday, Nov. 2nd.

Grounded Strategies is looking for residents who are interested in data collection, meeting with community members, and documenting land histories! We are seeking 8-10 community members for our Ground Truthing vacant land history project. Residents will conduct 1:1 interviews, collect oral histories, run focus groups, and collect surveys with residents about vacant land in their neighborhood.

Data Collectors will be paid $15/hour for 10 hours per month from November 2022 to February 2023. November will consist of a paid onboarding and training period. Then from November to February, residents will be conducting data collection for 45-50 assigned vacant lots.

Grounded is looking for residents who: 

Are from Homewood and the Hill District

Are excited to learn more about Vacant Land Issues

Enjoy working with others 

Feel comfortable utilizing technology

Email if you are interested in joining.

Policy Updates 

Urban Redevelopment Authority and Pittsburgh Land Bank Updates

URA sells off land for affordable housing, approves first-time homebuyer plan

Editorial: Raze blighted Land Bank and build anew, on a firmer foundation

City Council Meeting Highlights

Pittsburgh City Council considers ticketing people for trash, high weeds

Pittsburgh City Council hits pause on major Oakland zoning changes

Broader Pittsburgh Land Updates

Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods pay the price for abandoned and decrepit homes

Updated: Developer skeptical of Hill surcharge proposal as key church calls for affordable housing

City looks to ‘in-law suites’ to shrink affordable housing deficit

Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on Larimer townhomes

It’s Not Just the View: How Greenspaces Can Make Our Lives Better

The road to reclaiming the National Negro Opera Company house


Additional Resources

Celebrating 15 Years of Grounded

The 15 Years of Grounded campaign celebrates our organization’s founding by highlighting 15 projects that have helped communities and residents find new ways to get outside, relieve stress, and beautify their neighborhoods. Come back daily to see which projects we highlight as we look back at the past 15 years. Help keep us Grounded and donate here.

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