Operation Better Block

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Walking along Homewood’s major corridors may get a little easier: The Urban Redevelopment Authority has approved pedestrian improvements concentrated around Braddock, Hamilton and Homewood avenues. 

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and community activists have recently called attention to what many say is an “affordable housing crisis” in Pittsburgh. As new development comes to neighborhoods like Lawrenceville and East Liberty, many low- and moderate-income homeowners and renters are being priced out of the neighborhoods.

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Eric Luster grew up in a three-bedroom 1920s-era home on a quiet dead end street in Homewood. It was a self-described good childhood, but he thought he would have a better future in Atlanta, Ga., so he moved out of town to raise his five children.

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To the left of her fridge, Zinna Scott can peer out her kitchen window on Rosewood Avenue in Homewood and see the two open, grassy lots where her neighbors once lived. It’s where she wants to build her dream house.

Highlighting The Homewood Community

Apr 4, 2016
Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

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.

Can Homewood Rebound From Decades Of Neglect?

Mar 2, 2016
Mark Nootbaar / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh has seen an economic turnaround in recent years, but not every neighborhood has been part of the renaissance. 

Homewood has seen more population loss than any neighborhood and economic development for decades has been nearly nonexistent. Its reputation has become one of crime and poverty, which plays out regularly on the nightly news, with reports of murders in the 1-square-mile neighborhood on the northeastern corner of the city.

But when you ask William Baker, he sees a community on the rise.

How Neighborhood Groups Are Transforming Forgotten Properties

Nov 12, 2015
Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Several Pittsburgh organizations have taken abandoned lots and properties and transformed them into community-oriented spaces. GTECH Strategies Director of Operations and Programming Evaine K. Sing walks us through the Northside's newest project, one of their "Green Playces," and we visit Homewood, where Operation Better Block Community Development Coordinator Demi Kolke tells us what's in the works for the neighborhood.