Pittsburgh residents support Pittsburgh City Council Inclusionary zoning legislation

Pittsburgh residents support Pittsburgh City Council Inclusionary zoning legislation

For years as prices have gone up, longtime, lower-income residents have been forced out in the wake of redevelopment. From tax credits to a slew of initiatives from the Housing Opportunity Fund, in Pittsburgh, elected officials and affordable housing advocates alike have struggled to quell displacement.

One of the methods used in combating the consequences of gentrification is inclusionary zoning. In the form of legislation sponsored by Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Deb Gross (D-District 7), in Lawrenceville, a neighborhood that has become synonymous with gentrification, housing developers would soon be required to set aside ten percent of affordable housing in any project consisting of at least 20 units.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council approves grant for autonomous vehicle education

Pittsburgh City Council approves grant for autonomous vehicle education

After much discussion Pittsburgh City Council authorized the acceptance of a $410,000 grant geared at educating citizens on autonomous vehicles by a 7-1 vote on Tuesday.

This comes after council opted to delay the grant’s authorization when environmental, disability rights, and labor union organizers voiced considerable concerns over the possibility of autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council passes controversial gun legislation

Pittsburgh City Council passes controversial gun legislation

In chambers filled with hopeful supporters and angry opponents, after months of debate Pittsburgh City Council passed its controversial and possibly unconstitutional gun legislation, Tuesday, by a 6-3 vote. 

After months of tense public hearings, grieving constituents, post-agendas, and the looming threat of lawsuits against the city by gun advocates, in 60 days following Mayor Bill Peduto’s signature, the ordinances that ban assault weapons and their ammunition as well as allow courts to confiscate firearms from residents deemed an “extreme risk” will enter the books. But there’s a catch. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Darlene Harris to face two primary challengers for Pittsburgh council reelection

Darlene Harris to face two primary challengers for Pittsburgh council reelection

Veteran Pittsburgh Councilwoman Darlene Harris will be facing not one, but two challengers for the opportunity to represent the Steel City’s North Side come May 21.

After a few candidates stepped forward, only to fade away due to scandal or reconsideration, Harris, a Democrat, will be challenged with Chris Rosselot, a former aide to US Sen. Bob Casey, and repeat challenger Bobby Wilson, who ran against Harris in 2015 and 2011.

Harris — first elected in 2006 — is an official whose sometimes contrarian personality has earned her critics inside and outside of city council. Many an article has been devoted to her public quarrel with Council President Bruce Kraus (D-District 3), or her tendency to block her critics on social media.
Friday, January 11, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh funds body cameras for entire force, but FOP questions remain

Pittsburgh funds body cameras for entire force, but FOP questions remain

Just over 100 police officers in Pittsburgh currently wear body cameras. But after a unanimous vote Thursday by Pittsburgh City Council, the city will now have $2.3 million to supply the other 800 officers on the force.

According to Councilman Daniel Lavelle (D-District 6), the funding is an extension of an existing contract with AXON Enterprise, Inc. increasing the cost from $1.5 million.

Thursday, January 3, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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