Potential Greenway Designation

Please attend a community meeting on Thursday, July 1st, 2010, 7:00pm – 8:00pm, at the Union Project, 801 N. Negley Avenue, to learn more about the Greenway designation and whether it makes sense for the green hillside along Baker and Butler Streets in the Morningside and Stanton Heights neighborhoods. This meeting will be attended by the City Planning Department, the Real Estate Department, and Councilman Patrick Dowd.

The City of Pittsburgh, in partnership with community groups, may designate publicly owned land as “Greenway”. Lands that are designated as part of a Greenway have certain protections from development, typical park programming, and other high-impact uses. Alternatively, this land can be improved by community members interested in fighting dumping, removing invasive species from the land, or creating small, unpaved trails for community use.

Please help us spread the word to your neighbors., If you have any questions, please contact Councilman Dowd’s office at 412-255-2140.

Two Great Recycling Opportunities!

Two great opportunities to recycle and make sure your unwanted items are being disposed of properly!   First, the Allegheny County Health Department and The Pennsylvania Resources Council are partnering to provide free curbside pickup and disposal of freon containing appliances. Includes refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, water coolers, and freezers. No commercial appliances please. Click for more info! To schedule your free pickup call the Appliance Warehouse 1-888-463-7366. Secondly, the next 2010 Hard to Recycle Even, September 25th…

Acceptable items include:  Tires, E-waste, Useable Building Materials, Medical Supplies,
Cell Phones, Alkaline Batteries, CFLs & Printer/Toner Cartridges  Click here for all the details!

Become a Tree Tender

The MACC & TreeVitalize Pittsburgh a partnership to restore tree cover in the Pittsburgh region) invites you to join in the effort by REQUESTING a planting of a FREE Street Tree on your sidewalk. Street trees are trees planted between a street curb & sidewalk.

Request includes FREE evaluation of site, FREE curb cut (if needed), FREE Tree (if approved), FREE planting. Please know that the trees will be sized appropriately to the area; relieving the possibilities of too large roots that can damage sidewalks and utilities. Please know that these are smaller shade trees and not overwhelming forest trees.

If you haven’t noticed, we have already planted over 50 sidewalk street trees in the community and we hope to reach 100 or more by 2010.

If you would like to be considered for a

FREE tree & planting, contact Amy Ervin at 412-414-7407.

Small Business Development Center

John Dobransky of the University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center will be at the next MACC meeting on July 7th to discuss their neighborhood outreach program. Representative Costa invited John and the SBDC to Morningside to provide local businesses with assistance and provide consultation to residents looking to start their own enterprise.

John will be based in Rep. Costa from 8:30am to 4:00pm on the days listed below:

7/15

8/12

9/9

10/14

11/11

12/9

Everyone is encouraged to make appointments by calling 412 624 2290 or call Rep Costa’s office.

Preserve Pittsburgh Public Meetings

The City of Pittsburgh is embarking on its first Comprehensive Plan, creating a shared vision and policies for the next 25 years of our City’s development. Plan components currently in progress include Open Space Parks and Recreation, Transportation, Public Art and Urban Design. Next to launch is PRESERVEPGH, the Cultural Heritage Plan with a series of public meetings.  PRESERVEPGH will provide the City with a working document that holistically identifies historic and cultural assets; considers the issues, problems and opportunities associated with those resources; and develops goals, policies, and strategies for their appropriate use, conservation, preservation and protection.

Please join us at one of these introductory PRESERVEPGH meetings:

Monday,April 12 6-8pm
Estelle S. Campbell Boys and Girls Club
4600 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Thursday,April 15 6-8 pm
James Center
327 South Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Monday,April 19 6-8pm
New Hazlett Theatre
6 Allegheny Square E
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

meetings are free and open to the public

To learn more about PRESERVEPGH and other components of the City’s Comprehensive Plan,
visit www.planpgh.com . or call 412.393.0160

Community Meeting on Communications

Your opinion counts! Join MACC for its next Community Meeting to shape the 2010 Communications Plan!  If you live or do business in the neighborhood you are invited, whether or not you are a MACC member. This will be a facilitated discussion to prioritize the input collected from the neighborhood in this process and come to consensus on what the MACC 2010 communications priorities should be based on YOUR input. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010 6-8 p.m. at the VFW at 1820 Morningside Avenue. Light refreshments provided by MACC. Door prizes, too!  Tickets to the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and MORE!!

Background. . .

Exciting developments are underway in Morningside – popular seasonal activities, new businesses, new residents, the development of the Morningside Elementary School and so much more! MACC wants to more effectively communicate – to each other as well as to the broader Pittsburgh community — about Morningside and its many assets.

MACC encourages the involvement and input of all! The communications strategy will be built by you and for you through a series of interactive methods with multiple opportunities for the community to come together, provide insights and ideas about communications. We will work toward consensus on how we communicate about Morningside

The process started in March. Twenty-six Morningside neighbors – from 10 different streets in Morningside — participated in community meetings held on March 20 and 24 at the VFW. In addition, several others were interviewed by phone.  See the report on those meetings.

The Summary Report from the March meetings is posted on the MACC Web site and is also attached for your review. It captures key points concerning MACC communications expressed by residents at the meetings.

Questions??

For MACC: Contact Grant Ervin, MACC president, at grant_ervin@gmail.com . To offer feedback on this report, contact Diane Wuycheck at wuycheck@wuycheck.com or 412-471-4495.

Morningside: East End Gem

Following a five month comprehensive study that included hundreds of resident and customer surveys, one-on-one interviews, a neighborhood business inventory and needs assessment of the community’s businesses, Jackson/Clark has finished a market analysis of the Morningside Business district. Their findings uncovered a series of strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for the neighborhood to build upon.

Following a five month comprehensive study that included hundreds of resident and customer surveys, one-on-one interviews, a neighborhood business inventory and needs assessment of the community’s businesses, Jackson/Clark has finished a market analysis of the Morningside Business district. Their findings uncovered a series of strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for the neighborhood to build upon.

One key aspect uncovered is that the Morningside Business District has more of a customer base that meets the eye. The research shows that Morningside serves communities well beyond its boundaries. While a healthy majority of the shoppers in the community’s business district originate from Morningside, almost forty percent of shoppers come from nearby East End neighborhoods like Lawrenceville, Stanton Heights and Highland Park, but also municipalities that include O’Hara, Fox Chapel and Blawnox.  Market analysts explained that the expanded market area demonstrates an ability of the district to service neighborhood residents, while attracting customers beyond the base provided by Morningside alone.

The surveys conducted as part of the market analysis uncovered a series of community assets. Morningside’s assets include: proximity to cultural amenities, short distances to jobs in Oakland and Downtown and a variety of transportation choices.  Other benefits cited include a quality housing stock, residents who care and community pride.

A few of the challenges identified through the surveys include a confusing and difficult to navigate street network, poor signage, changes in shopping habits over the years, limited shopping choices in the district and a tired streetscape.

  • Opportunities for the community and the business district include:
  • Building on quality housing opportunities for first time home buyers
  • Leveraging visitors to the neighborhood through assets such as the Zoo, Churches, and Youth Sporting Events
  • Tapping the needs of both new and older residents and adjacent neighborhoods
  • Build on heritage and tradition of the community

The information generated by the market study is being incorporated by Moshier Studios and Pashek Associates in design recommendations for the business district. More information on the design portion of the project will be forthcoming.