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Essential Pittsburgh: Monthly De-Brief With Mayor Peduto

Jessica Nath
90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto makes his monthly visit to the program. Among the issues we'll discuss are why Pittsburgh's homicide rate is getting federal scrutiny, his executive order enacting a long-term, strategic investment and maintenance plan for city owned facilities and the recently held CEO's for Cities Innovative + Inclusive City Workshop.

Mayor Peduto presents a new approach Pittsburgh officials are working on to better regulate and diminish crime in the area:

"There's an ongoing partnership that we've created with the Department of Justice in one of the few cities around the country to create, over the next few years, the model of community policing. Our officers have been engaged in participating in community events that occur. We're working it from both ends... to be able to not only just solve crime but try to stop crime." -Mayor Bill Peduto

Also in the program, Andy Masich explains Point State Park's involvement in Pittsburgh's legacy and we'll learn how Pittsburgh is celebrating World Refugee Day, locally. 

Getting to the Point (starts at 32:34)

Visitors from around the world flock to Point State Park – a National Historic Landmark. But how many visitors know the triangular parcel of land where the city’s three rivers meet played a pivotal role in American history and as “the birthplace of Pittsburgh?”  President and CEO of the Heinz History Center, Andy Masich, will explain. 

World Refugee Day (starts at 39:03)

In honor of World Refugee Day, Pittsburgh will hold its fourth annual celebration in Market Square on Friday, June 19th, hosted by Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Kheir Mugwaneza, Director of Community Assistance and Refugee Resettlement at the Northern Area Multi-Service Center, joins us to explain what the Pittsburgh community is doing to welcome the city's many and populous immigrant and refugee communities, as well as outline the services available to those who are still in a place of isolation. 

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