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.

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The future of the Shop ’n Save plaza in Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood will be decided by the public, the board of the Urban Redevelopment Authority voted on Thursday. The agency will try to buy the mostly vacant Centre Heldman Plaza, which requires paying off the mortgage and back taxes.

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Potholes have long provided Pittsburgh a rich vein to mine for jokes and complaints. So when a sinkhole downtown swallowed a Port Authority bus two weeks ago—unaccompanied, thankfully, by serious injuries or fatalities—it was pure gold for wags and Halloween costumes alike.

For utility companies, it set off a flurry of infrastructure work.

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Each year, the advisory board of the Housing Opportunity Fund  must decide how to split $10 million among its programs, from helping homeowners afford necessary repairs to providing emergency funding so people can make rent. On Thursday, the board began work on its 2020 allocation.

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On Tuesday, Pittsburgh Planning Commission approved the Greater Hazelwood Neighborhood Plan. Residents are optimistic that with the plan in place, they can make sure future development furthers the community's goals.

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A 2017 change to the federal tax code aimed to spur private investment in some of the country’s most distressed areas through the creation of “opportunity zones.” As regulations surrounding the program are finalized, Allegheny County officials and residents are trying to figure out how best to capitalize on the change.

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Pittsburgh City Council approved a land swap on Tuesday that will allow development of the former Penn Plaza site in East Liberty to move forward. 

 

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The shooting at Tree of Life synagogue last year took 11 lives and impacted countless others. For the officers who rushed to the scene that day, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Sergeant Carla Kearns said the first anniversary, like any significant trauma, may be the toughest.

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Pittsburgh’s Planning Commission approved a zoning change that will allow the owners of a Shadyside shopping center to replace existing stores with a dense, multi-story retail and housing project.

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On Friday the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority cleared the way for the Pittsburgh Penguins to begin development of the former Civic Arena site in spring 2020. The particulars of the deal have been the subject of intense negotiation for years.

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President Donald Trump will travel to Pittsburgh next Wednesday to appear at an oil and gas industry event at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. He will be the keynote speaker at the annual Shale Insight conference, which is organized by the Marcellus Shale Coalition.

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Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority on Thursday moved to delay its vote on a revised development agreement with the Pittsburgh Penguins, whose real estate affiliate holds exclusive development rights to the 28-acre former Civic Arena site in the Lower Hill District.

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Environmental advocates gathered on Tuesday to discuss how to convince the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority or ALCOSAN that green infrastructure is the best way to significantly reduce sewage overflows in the region.

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The City of Pittsburgh went to court Thursday to seek approval to swap land with the developers of the former Penn Plaza site in East Liberty, but community advocates have concerns the deal could cut off public access to a park in the area.

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It’s called a "neighborway," fitting for a city famous for Fred Rogers and his neighborhood.

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Shady Avenue in Pittsburgh will undergo nearly a year of scrutiny and planning to improve safety on the busy corridor. City officials partnered with the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, a regional planning body, to analyze crash data, traffic and amenities along the road.

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The violent assault of two black women at an Exxon Mobil on Brighton Road on Pittsburgh's North Side Friday night led Pittsburgh Bureau of Police officers to file assault charges with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office.

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A flush and boil order for Pennsylvania American Water customers in 35 municipalities was lifted on Sunday morning. The advidsory stemmed from a major water main break on East Agnew Avenue in Carrick Friday morning that forced the evacuation of some residents and flooded parts of Becks Run Road. 

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Port Authority of Allegheny County expects to start service of bus rapid transit, or BRT, by 2022, and hopes to secure $99.5 million in federal funding to do so.

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Pennsylvania is squandering a financial windfall and missing out on the potential air quality improvements it could support, according to a new report from non-profits PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center and PennPIRG Education Fund.

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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.

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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.

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