To many Pittsburgh residents, the word “Homewood” typically invokes a negative image. For those living in Homewood, however, the community is vibrant, growing and hopeful. During today’s Essential Pittsburgh, we’ll explore the many different sides of Homewood through conversations with city leaders, community organizers and local businesses.
Starting off the program, we’ll hear a feature from 90.5 WESA reporter Mark Noobaar with input from Homewood residents both concerned and optimistic. We’ll then turn to business owners in the neighborhood, old and new, who have chosen to invest and believe in the community. While we can’t get to every store or shop, we’ll explore some legacy businesses and some newer ventures.
First off, a conversation with Operation Better Block community development coordinator Demi Kolke on the organization’s vision for Homewood. We’ll then turn to the leaders of Project RE, a collaboration of Steve Shelton, Director of the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh, John Folan, Director of the Urban Design Build Studio at Carnegie Mellon University, and Mike Gable, Executive Director of Construction Junction. In our final segment, we’ll hear from Jones Printing co-owners Denise L. Jones and Brittee Y. Clay, Harry Geyer, founder, The Wheel Mill, and Dave Jenkins, owner of The Dream BBQ.
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