Geared Up and Grounded: Bike Tour & Block Party

This year's 8th Bike Tour & Block Party event will feature Grounded's projects in Pittsburgh's eastern neighborhoods (East Liberty, Larimer, Homewood, and Wilkinsburg). At each stop, we will speak to community partners, learning about their journey and the transformation of vacant spaces into activated places. For those who do not have a bike, Healthy Ride bikes will be available for use! Prior to the start of the bike tour local bike shop, Waxwing Cycles will be there to provide free bike inspections. After…

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Geared Up and Grounded: Bike Tour & Block Party

This year's Bike Tour & Block Party event will feature Grounded's projects in Pittsburgh's Northside neighborhoods. At each stop, we will speak to community partners, learning about their journey and the transformation of vacant spaces into activated places. For those who do not have a bike, Healthy Ride bikes will be available for use! Before we head out for the tour, we will have a local bike shop, Waxwing Cycles LLC. present to check rider bicycles before the start, so arrive early!…

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6th Annual Two Wheels Lots of Green: Bike Tour & Block Party

On a sunny October day, GTECH celebrated Pittsburgh's greenspace community with a guided bike tour and block party! This year's Two Wheels Lots of Green event featured Pittsburgh's East End. We rode 6.5 miles and made stops in Larimer, Homewood, and Wilkinsburg. 2017 Featured Greenspace Projects & Partners At each stop, we spoke to community partners, learning about their journey and the transformation of vacant spaces into activated places. Stop 1: Ms. Betty Lane's African Healing Garden & Chatman Properties for…

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Nonprofit Board Diversity Intitaive Workshop II

Join us! At this event, Urban Kind will host a dozen nonprofit organizations including their board presidents, and or other long-standing board members alongside the executive director to meet with small groups of members of the Black Environmental Collective who are interested in learning more about that organization. Each organization will have 2, 45 minute sessions to engage potential board members. If you are available and interested. Please click here to register to participate. To ensure that everyone has adequate time…

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Democratic Vacant Land Processes

In its utopic form, democracy is facilitated through widely dispersed power. Widely dispersed power allows for the fair and equitable negotiation of sometimes conflicting interests. Through negotiation, people are able to find positions of true (rather than coerced) compromise. This form of democracy is only possible through community organizing and engagement. The combination of organizing and engagement is instrumental to democracy’s foundational need for fair and equitable representation. Through our Hill District program, Reclaim Central 2.0, we are attempting to…

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A Story of Vacant Land (Part 2): The Evolution

Have you ever wondered why or how the vacant lot next to your home got there?  Obviously, a series of events had to happen to create that neglected space. Vacancy didn’t show up overnight.  A combination of macro forces and micro decisions, each of which is interrelated led to what you see in so many of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods today.  With over 27,000 vacant lots in the City of Pittsburgh, something has happened at a massive scale. Understanding the history and…

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Pitt 1st Years are Grounded in Homewood

As part of their orientation process at the start of the fall semester, first years at Pitt joined Grounded in Homewood for a day of service. We worked together on a litter cleanup, while engaging in thought provoking discussions about the ties between refuse, home abandonment, poverty, and access to green space.                 Our litter cleanup also served as a walking tour of the neighborhood, to show areas where Grounded has already built…

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CANCELLED: Woods Run Green First Planning Meeting

This event has been CANCELLED. Join PWSA and residents of Marshall-Shadeland, Perry Hilltop, Observatory Hill, and Brighton Heights at the Woods Run Community Meeting to discuss green solutions to stormwater challenges. GTECH is working with PWSA, residents of the 4 affected neighborhoods, Brightwood Civic Group, the Brighton Heights Citizens Federation, Observatory Hill Inc, and Perry Hilltop Citizens Council to collect information on community preferences for green infrastructure and identify what other greenspace-related needs are community priorities. To learn more about…

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