Aid sought for 20 neighborhoods [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA), 2014-02-19
Pittsburgh City Councilman Ricky Burgess introduced legislation on Tuesday that would provide funding and support for plans to revitalize the city's poorest 20 neighborhoods.
The bill would set aside an initial $200,000 to help fund comprehensive plans for such neighborhoods as Homewood, Hazelwood and Esplen. Burgess said he would work with Mayor Bill Peduto's administration to find additional funding from sources, including the city's nonprofit community, with hopes to "triple or quadruple" that amount.
Peduto pledged his support, saying the legislation mirrors his promise to rebuild neighborhoods with input from residents as a first step.
Burgess said the bill would be modeled after Larimer's community plan, which provides social services, early-childhood education and housing for all income levels, in addition to development.
He said he would work with council to refine the language in coming weeks. Councilman Dan Gilman said he supports the intent of the legislation.
Separately, council approved a bill that permits business owners to receive residential parking permits.
Under the legislation sponsored by Councilwoman Darlene Harris, residents who own a business in one neighborhood and live in another are eligible for two parking permits. Previously, residents in that situation were eligible for only one pass.
Council also presented proclamations to University of Pittsburgh students Joshua Yoskosky, 21, and Joe Fogiato, 20, for helping to rescue a man from his burning home on Parkview Street. The two rushed into the home on Jan. 31 upon seeing smoke and flames.
Yoskosky, a Belle Vernon native, is majoring in finance and pre- law. Fogiato, of Monongahela, is majoring in marketing and supply- chain management.
Council honored the two on Tuesday as Joshua Yoskosky and Joe Fogiato Day in the city.
Bob Bauder is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-765-2312 or email@example.com.
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