The world may have 7 billion people by now but is anyone counting the number of web sites? Some people have more than one and it takes a lot less time to get one of them on its feet than it does a baby.
Thank goodness here at Walkabout our purview is limited more or less to the city of Pittsburgh, where of all the neighborhoods, Troy Hill may be the most perplexing because part of it is in the Allegheny River. Yep. Washington’s Landing, nee Herr’s Island, is part of the hilltop neighborhood, probably by dint of the fact that hooved beasts were run down Rialto Street to the island’s slaughterhouses back in the day.
The photo above and the historic postcard below come from the neighborhood's Facebook page.
Anyhoo, no neighborhood is an island with social media, and Troy Hill Citizens has upgraded its presence with a new website — www.troyhillpittsburgh.com.
Troy Hill Citizens commissioned the web development team at Avenue Design Studios and launched the new site last month.
Its purpose, the Troy Hill Citizens told me, is “to engage residents who are interested in getting involved with the community, and also presenting Troy Hill to potential visitors and home buyers as an affordable, historic, friendly neighborhood close to Downtown and many cultural attractions. The news and events calendar are updated weekly, and there is a handy contact form at the top of each page for direct communication.”
The new website replaces the blog at www.troyhill.wordpress.com, and all past blog posts and comments have been moved to the new site but the Facebook page is still alive.
Among other things, the new website gives Troy Hill Citizens the ability to:
• register new members online
• communicate with subscribers by RSS and email
• organize and share events with a Google Calendar
• share resources and awareness of local programs and services available
• promote local businesses
• accept donations through PayPal
• share their vision of progress with downloadable PDFs of community plans
This website is financed with a grant from the city through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.