Downtown Safety Coalition – Making Downtown a Community for All Earlier this year, the PDP began working with a large group of stakeholders to discuss the way in which students and young people experience Downtown Pittsburgh, from transportation to and from local schools, to after-school activities and resources. Among the stakeholders working on this issue were the three Downtown schools: Pittsburgh CAPA, Urban Pathways Charter and City Charter High School, law enforcement representatives from the city, county and Port Authority, the Department of Justice, City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, in addition to many other community representatives.
One topic that quickly surfaced from initial meetings was the need for an intentional strategy between law enforcement, community and business members, and students to develop relationships and regularly communicate with students. The officers of Zone 2 at the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and Port Authority have risen to the occasion and in partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools have initiated outreach efforts in schools throughout the City, participating in school assemblies and joining students for lunch to develop stronger ties with the students. In addition, officers are also partnering with coaches, teachers, guidance counselors, and community leaders to talk with kids on the street during afternoon dismissals, reducing the anonymity of students, and hopefully leading to great behavior by teens in and around major transit corridors.
As a way to incentive good behavior among students, law enforcement and school officials were provided with coupons to local businesses that were given to students demonstrating strong leadership and good decision-making skills. Participating businesses include Social Status, Crazy Mocha, and Arnold’s Tea House. If you are interested in getting involved and supporting the incentive program, drop is a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We greatly appreciate the support of the coalition members and look forward to finding ways to create stronger relationships with our youth in Downtown. Partners include: Pittsburgh CAPA, Urban Pathways, City High, Allegheny County Juvenile Courts, Mad Dads, The Shyne Awards, Poise Foundation, the Alliance for Police Accountability, Black Women for Positive Change, Urban Kind institute, Group Violence Intervention Outreach Workers, Mother’s March for Peace, One Nation Mentoring, and the Will Allen Foundation.
Asking for Change, More than Coins
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, in collaboration with the Downtown Pittsburgh Ministerium are kicking off a new campaign to support our neighbors in need through the Ministerium’s outreach programming. “Asking for Change, More than Coins,” is an effort to change attitudes towards our less fortunate neighbors and support those in need. We can do more and Asking for Change provides opportunities for Pittsburghers to create change.
The Downtown Ministerium is a collaboration of all Downtown churches and chaplaincies that provides daily services, from emergency food, crisis counseling, transportation assistance, and referrals to area social service agencies. Additional services provided by individual Ministerium members include food pantry services, community meals, and services for specific vulnerable populations.
How can you help?
The campaign encourages people to text a donation to the Ministerium to support their outreach services. To help spread the word about the campaign, we’ve developed two sizes of posters and have take-away information available. If you would be willing to display a poster or make the take-aways available at your business, Please contact Caitlin Fadgen.
Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday is right around the corner! As a Neighborhood Champion, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership will be celebrating all of the small businesses that make Downtown Pittsburgh such a vibrant community. Promotional materials to celebrate the day will be distributed in the coming weeks. Be on the lookout for more information about how your business can get involved in Small Business Saturday on November 25, 2017! Visit www.ShopSmall.com learn more about Small Business Saturday.
Night Markets are held every Saturday (5:00 – 10:00 p.m.) through October 28 in Market Square, Downtown Pittsburgh. Upcoming dates in October:
October 28 (In conjunction with Fright up Night!)
Interested? Be sure to fill out a Night Market Application and a Vendor Participation Agreement
Contact Jack Dougherty with any questions.
Comcast Light Up Night®
Comcast Light Up Night® 2017 will take place on November 17, from 5 – 10 p.m. The location for all food vendors will be along Fort Duquesne Boulevard.
Apply to be a food vendor here. Food trucks can apply by clicking on this link. A confirmation email will be sent by November 1, 2017 if you have been accepted for participation.
Contact Kéya Joseph with any questions.
Upcoming Events, Large Conventions, and Conferences
Resources From the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
Looking for information from the City of Pittsburgh Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections? Sign up for the monthly PLI Newsletter or attend a PLI Community Forum to be in the know of updates from the department. Forums are held the second Wednesday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the first floor conference room of the Civic Building, 200 Ross Street.
Do you have questions about the status of your permit? You can view a list of pending permits in review as well as BuildingEye, an interactive map that helps track where in the process a permit may be during review through completion.
The PDP has enhanced the online offerings by utilizing a data visualization tool called Tableau. Users can view and interact with data and trends over multiple years, customize functionality to meet individual needs, and download data and reports for personal use. Much of the data will be updated more frequently and released via a new research newsletter that will debut in coming weeks. The complete report and additional data is available for download at DowntownPittsburgh.com/sodp.
For guidelines concerning how to set-up your patio space to ensure accessibility for all, please download the City of Pittsburgh’s template. For more information about what is and is not allowed with sidewalk cafes, please visit the City of Pittsburgh’s Checklist page. For all other inquires, contact the City of Pittsburgh HERE.