Margaret J. Krauss

Development and Transportation Reporter

Margaret J. Krauss is WESA's development and transportation reporter. She previously worked for Keystone Crossroads, a statewide reporting initiative that covers problems facing Pennsylvania's cities and possible solutions. Before joining Keystone Crossroads, Margaret produced a 48-part radio series about Pittsburgh's lesser-known history, biking 2,000 miles around the region to do so.

Ways to Connect

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

How we get from one place to another can have a big impact on our lives. Conjure up the feeling of sitting in a hot car, stuck in gridlock, and compare it to taking a short bike ride to work or to meet a friend. 

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In 1918, the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania gifted the city of Pittsburgh a 10-acre stretch of green space that sits right on the dividing line between Homewood and Point Breeze North. The land had once belonged to American inventor George Westinghouse, and the new city park was named after him.

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Pittsburgh needs more housing, but housing that reflects what neighborhoods want and need. That was the driving sentiment behind a meeting in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood Tuesday night, where attendees discussed ways to influence the development process.

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Pittsburgh officials have announced efforts aimed at shaping the city’s transportation future, from a pilot program aimed at linking modes of transit to long-range plans. City leadership has been intentionally slow to adopt personal modes of transport such as electric scooters, but it welcomed companies interested in testing autonomous vehicles; a self-driving shuttle to connect Oakland and Hazelwood remains a possibility.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

After nearly three years of work, Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure will present a draft of a new bike plan this fall. The work is part of a wider effort to rethink city streets.

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The City of Pittsburgh spent $2.7 million on heating, cooling and water consumption in 2017, according to a report released Thursday. An energy use analysis will be released annually as the city works to meet its climate goals.

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Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority wants to bring more people into the redevelopment of Centre Avenue in the Hill District. The agency is seeking ideas for mixed-use development across 170 mostly vacant parcels.

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Across numerous departments and agencies, Pittsburgh officials have begun to rethink city streets: how they’re used, and who they’re for. 

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Amazon will build a new warehouse and distribution center in Findlay Township near Pittsburgh International Airport, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced Tuesday. The $30 million facility is expected to create 800 new jobs.

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The City of Pittsburgh is preparing for significant population growth over the next 50 years. On Monday, the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure announced its 2070 Transportation Vision Plan as one way to meet that future.

Kathleen J. Davis / 90.5 WESA

Lead levels for Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority remain higher than the federal action level of 15 parts per billion. However, the latest rounds of test results revealed that a chemical additive has reduced lead in water.

Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

Transit police with the Port Authority of Allegheny County are not working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, CEO Katharine Kelleman said at the agency’s board meeting Friday morning. The Trump administration has repeatedly threatened increased raids on people without documentation and businesses who hire those without work permits.

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In recent months, more and more people connected to the world of self-driving cars have tempered expectations about their future. 

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The Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood will be overhauled in 2020. Redevelopment of the Shady Hill Center is expected to demolish the existing 4.9-acre shopping plaza to build new retail, apartments and a smaller Giant Eagle.

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The benefits driverless technology could create for cities are murkier than they seem, according to a new report released by Pittsburghers for Public Transit at a meeting in Hazelwood Thursday.

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After a year of confusion and concern, residents of a low-income senior housing community in Penn Hills met with management to discuss a protracted mold problem on Friday.

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Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority continues to build out the programs enabled by the city’s Housing Opportunity Fund.

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Every night, 70-year-old Jeanne Delancey goes to sleep beneath a dinner plate-sized patch of mold that surrounds a vent on her bedroom wall.

“I tried to clean it, you can’t even clean it. It doesn’t come off,” she said.

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The City of Pittsburgh lags behind other cities in testing micro-mobility options such as stand-on electric scooters. However, a blockbuster year for bikeshare program Healthy Ride shows a growing demand for personal transit, one executive director David White wants to meet.

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The board of directors of Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority unanimously approved a pledge to bar privatization at its regular monthly meeting Friday.

Pittsburghers for Public Transit

A new mapping tool from Pittsburghers for Public Transit asks residents in the Monongahela Valley and eastern suburbs to design bus routes that would best serve them. The interactive, online survey, Beyond the East Busway, asks participants where they most need rapid bus service. The survey will be available through September.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Like locusts descending on a field of corn, swarms of tiny scooters struck awe and fear into the hearts of city dwellers across the globe. The small, whirring machines seemed to portend a changing transportation landscape.

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City of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority officials convened a joint meeting Thursday night to discuss two major projects planned for Schenley Park: stormwater infrastructure and a new transportation route. Both have generated significant aggravation.

A Late-Blooming Love For The Game Of Golf

Jun 19, 2019
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Retired pediatric nephrologist Dr. Demetrius Ellis has played sports his entire life: soccer, racquetball, tennis. But a sudden onset of tennis elbow in his 60s prompted his neighbor to introduce Ellis to golf. “I thought it was an extremely expensive sport for rich people who were very compulsive,” Greece-born Ellis laughs. Ellis plays nearly every day at the public course, the Bob O’Connor Golf Course, in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park.

Kailey Love / 90.5 WESA

City of Pittsburgh officials are counting on $7 million from the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority for the 2019 budget. But PWSA can’t write any checks until there’s a new cooperation agreement.

Port Authority of Allegheny County

Each morning, some 220,000 people across Allegheny County make sure they have their bags, lunch, keys and head for the bus or train. But the Port Authority says it often loses time at each stop as people scramble for their ConnectCards in wallets or purses. Enter the ConnectBand.

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Shikha Goodwin moved to Pittsburgh last year with her husband, two small children, two cats, and all of her hopes and dreams to start a new job. The city has dealt her some tough blows and she is now looking for work. Even in the midst of her uncertainty and doubt, however, Goodwin says Pittsburgh has grown on her, thanks to moments like driving through the Fort Pitt Tunnel early in the morning.

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A full rehabilitation of Pittsburgh’s Produce Terminal is expected to be completed in August of 2020. City and county officials gathered in the Strip District on Tuesday to celebrate the building’s future.

Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

A newly proposed cooperation agreement between the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority will be introduced in city council on Tuesday.

Kevin C. Brown / 90.5 WESA

Mary Sprajcar has volunteered at the Humane Animal Rescue Wildlife Center for nearly 10 years. In that time, she’s seen her share of escape attempts. Volunteers spend a lot of time cleaning the temporary habitats of their patients, and doing so requires extra vigilance, as Sprajcar experienced two summers ago.

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