A call to conscience for gentrifiers

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Daniel Hertz, writing in the Atlantic Cities today, provides an excellent work of thought-food for those who talk about gentrification as if it is either a good thing or a bad thing.
It is, he writes, inevitable whether you move your educated, moneyed self to a poor neighborhood or a rich neighborhood.
If you move to Larimer, say, your income and its strength will encourage others with the same buying power to move near you and then the cafe tables will sprout on sidewalks like wild daisies. If you move to Upper St. Clair, you are strengthening the wall of income exclusivity.
In “There’s Basically No Way Not to Be a Gentrifier,” he writes of his young, educated and progressive cohort:
“We have a lot of conversations about whether or not it’s acceptable to live in our current neighborhood, or the one we’d like to live in. Sometimes, we reassure ourselves by discussing the obviously graver transgressions of the people who live in some other neighborhood, which has accumulated slightly more bougie coffee shops and restaurants.
"Sometimes we find solace in some part of the continuum of gentrification that we’re comfortable with: the very beginning, when you can kid yourself that your presence isn’t changing anything; or when the tipping point has tipped, and the damage has already been done.
“The upshot here is not that we should all descend into nihilistic real estate hedonism. But we need to recognize what’s really going on: that what we call gentrification these days is only one facet of the much larger issue of economic segregation.” 
It results from a system that does not protect people who were there before the market forces begin to flex their muscle, and you can reach further back, he writes, to “generations of rotten and racist urban policies, that makes economic segregation so widespread and pernicious. It also explains why it’s growing so quickly – faster, even, than economic inequality.”
People early to the momentum of gentrification have a responsibility beyond being considerate and socially inclusive of neighbors who do not have their market oomph, he writes, and that is “to be aware of these underlying systemic processes and use what social and political power you have to change them: lobbying your local government for housing subsidies for the low-income, protections against eviction due to rising rents, and an end to exclusionary caps on housing construction that keep prices artificially high.”
Walkabout might add that this responsibility depends on respect for the common good and for those whose economic setbacks could force them out of the home and neighborhood they have cherished, sometimes all their lives.


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Details of PSO's upcoming Wilkinsburg Community Concert

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform its community concert at Wilkinsburg High School on May 16. Details of the performance have been released. From the PSO:

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents the 11th Annual Community Engagement Concert for the community of Wilkinsburg on Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at Wilkinsburg High School. All proceeds from tickets sales directly benefit the music programs in the Wilkinsburg School District. More than $60,000 has been raised in Wilkinsburg through the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Community Engagement concerts.

Resident Conductor Fawzi Haimor will lead the symphony in an exciting program filled with Beethoven, Bernstein, Copland, Sousa and more! A very special performance of "Take Time in Life" will feature students from the Wilkinsburg School District and Pittsburgh Obama High School. Additionally, Pittsburgh Symphony trumpet Chad Winkler will perform Haydn's Concerto in E-flat major, and vocalist Katy Williams will perform Dvorak's "Songs My Mother Taught Me" and the classic "Over the Rainbow" with the symphony. The Pittsburgh Symphony will finish with a patriotic burst of John Phillip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."

Tickets are $5 for students K-12 and $10 for adults. A group of 10 adult tickets is available for a discounted price of $75. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Wilkinsburg High School Music Department at 412-871-2282 or 412-371-9504 x 2717, and will also be available at the door on the night of the concert.


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West Virginia reveals post-spring depth chart; Trickett on top

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West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen released his post-spring depth chart Wednesday morning. There were few true surprises — Clint Trickett is top QB, Dreamius Smith is top RB — but it's always interesting to see the full listing. New players, or at least ones you didn't see in 2013, are italicized.


WR (X): Mario Alford, Devonte Mathis, Shelton Gibson (RS)
IR (H): Daikiel Shorts, Jacky Marcellus (RS)
LT: Adam Pankey, Sylvester Townes (JUCO)
LG: Quinton Spain, Russell Haughton-James
C: Tyler Orlosky, Tony Matteo
RG: Mark Glowinski, Stone Underwood (RS)
RT: Marquis Lucas, Michael Calicchio
IR (Y): Jordan Thompson, Vernon Davis, Jr.
WR (Z): Kevin White, KJ Myers, Ricky Rogers (FR)
QB: Clint Trickett, Logan Moore or Paul Millard or Skyler Howard (JUCO)
HB (B): Cody Clay, Elijah Wellman
RB (A): Dreamius Smith, Wendell Smallwood, Rushel Shell (TRAN), Dustin Garrison, Andrew Buie (RS)


Dontrill Hyman, Noble Nwahukwu
NT: Kyle Rose, Darrien Howard
DE: Christian Brown (RS), Eric Kinsey
SPUR: KJ Dillon, Malik Greaves (RS)
SAM: Isaiah Bruce, Edward Muldrow (JUCO)
MIKE: Nick Kwiatkoski, Al-Rasheed Benton (RS)
WILL: Brandon Golson, Sean Walters
LCB: Ishmael Banks, Terrell Chestnut, Brandon Napoleon
FS: Jeremy Tyler, Ricky Rumph
BS: Karl Joseph, Jarrod Harper
Daryl Worley, Keishawn Richardson (JUCO), Nana Kyeremeh (INJ)


KJosh Lambert, Michael Molinari
P: Nick O'Toole, Michael Molinari
PR: Jordan Thompson, Vernon Davis, Jr.
KR: Mario Alford, Wendell Smallwood, Daryl Worley
LS: John DePalma, Nick Meadows

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Empty Netter Assists - 04-23-14

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Blue Jackets

-Welcome back Brian Gibbons (above) and Marcel Goc ... to an optional skate.

-“We seemed more organized. We created momentum instead of giving it up.” - Matt Niskanen on the team's power play in Game 3.

-"We asked [Marc-Andre Fleury] to shut the door, and he did. He gave us a chance to win.” - Lee Stempniak on Marc-Andre Fleury on Fleury in Game 3.

-“Everybody knows his story. He tried really hard to figure out a way to not put himself in those situations. Unfortunately, when you throw a lot of hits and the game is fast-paced, sometimes that happens and you have to take responsibility for it and live with whatever the consequences are.” - Craig Adams on Wild forward and former Penguins teammate Matt Cooke injuring Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie with a knee-on-knee hit Monday. Cooke is facing a potential suspension.

-Rob Scuderi speaks:

-Jayson Megna speaks:

-Why have all of the goals scored by Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson been scored near the Penguins' cage? "I haven’t had a Pittsburgh guy around me which has been pretty nice."

-"We want to win the Stanley Cup. That’s our main goal. It’s not just happy to be here. We expect to give this team everything we got." - Blue Jackets foward and Plum native (No, really!) R.J. Umberger.

-“It shows we can play with these guys, absolutely. But the fact that we’ve let two two-goal leads slip away means we need to do a better job of putting them away." - Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski on his teams surrendering 3-1 leads in each of his team's losses this series.

-Has Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky been taunting the Penguins?

-After the Jump: Dan Carcillo gets some revenge on the Flyers while the Canadiens sweep the Lightning.

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Campaign ad's false claim about gasoline tax increase

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State Rep. Harry Readshaw is taking heat for a campaign ad that denounces the state’s new transportation funding bill. The ad says Mr. Readshaw opposed Gov. Tom Corbett’s “massive gas tax increase” that pays for Philadelphia transit. In truth, the gasoline tax restructuring that was part of the bill is paying for road and bridge improvements. Under the Pennsylvania Constitution, no revenue from gasoline taxes can go to public transit, so Mr. Readshaw’s ad is misinformed and misleading, to put it kindly. But the longtime lawmaker, who is opposed in the Democratic primary by Rep. Erin Molchany, is now clearly on the record as saying he thought our roads and bridges were just fine, and that he wouldn’t mind if Pittsburgh’s transit system underwent further deep service cuts.


Six spaces in Pittsburgh International Airport’s short-term parking garage have been marked for electric vehicle charging. These spaces are on the roof and second levels of the garage. Special green and white markings have been painted to identify the spaces. “Power Up” signs have  been hung above each of the spaces.


PennDOT is inviting the public to take a survey on transportation priorities and investments at as part of efforts to update the state’s long-range transportation plan and develop the state’s first comprehensive freight movement plan.


I’m unfamiliar with the section of the Motor Vehicle Code that allows delivery truck drivers to park wherever they want, including in traffic lanes and no-parking zones and on crosswalks. But it must be in there somewhere.


menatworkPennDOT District 10 expects today to announce plans for an emergency bridge repair project on northbound Interstate 79 north of Zelienople. The left lane has been closed since a truck hit a bridge girder in March, causing some pretty hefty backups. The escape route, for those who hate sitting in traffic, is to exit west at Little Creek Road and use Route 19 north to Portersville and a quick jog back to I-79. The bridge project is expected to begin in early May.

Lime Hollow Road in Penn Hills is closed from Coal Hollow Road to Frankstown Road until 4 p.m. today for repairs.

Drilling on Interstate 70 near the Bentleyville interchange will cause single-lane traffic next week starting at 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The affected area is between Bentleyville Road and Route 917. Work will conclude by 6 a.m. each day.

The westbound on- and off-ramps of the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Monroeville will be restricted during pavement repair work Thursday night. (NOTE: This was scheduled for tonight but postponed because of the weather.) The ramps will have alternating traffic controlled by flaggers from 9 p.m. Thursday to 2 a.m. Friday.

The bridge that carries Bedford Avenue over Interstate 579-Crosstown Boulevard in Downtown Pittsburgh will have lane closures todaythu and Friday for inspection. The restrictions will be in place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Traffic will be shifted on Bigelow Boulevard and the ramp from Bigelow to northbound I-579 during the same hours.

Sidewalk improvements may cause right-lane closures on Ingomar Road between Harmony Drive and Bellcrest Avenue in McCandless from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through May 2. An alternating one-way pattern may be implemented at times in the area.

A wall collapse has closed Riverview Avenue between Roosevelt and Division avenues in Bellevue until further notice.


The off-ramp from inbound Route 65 to Beaver Avenue will be closed after the split for California Avenue at 8 p.m. daily through Friday. Traffic will be detoured using the ramp to California Avenue and Marshall Avenue. The restriction will be lifted by 6 a.m. daily. Also, bridge inspection may cause Route 65 lane closures in both directions between Millerton Avenue and the McKees Rocks Bridge through 3 p.m. today.

Lane closures are possible on Route 28 in East Deer during bridge washing from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Friday. Lane closures also will occur on Crawford Run and Baileys Run roads under the Route 28 bridges.

Work on overhead signs may cause lane closures on all three parkways in the area of Downtown Pittsburgh out to Green Tree and Second Avenue after 10 p.m. weeknights through May 2. Restrictions will be lifted by 6 a.m. daily.

Overnight single-lane closures are scheduled on Connor and Gilkeson roads near Route 19 in Mt. Lebanon, and on Route 19 from Connor to Cochran roads, from 7 p.m. today through 6 a.m. Thursday for line painting on rumble strip installation.

A northbound lane closure is possible on Route 51 between Stewart Avenue and Maytide Street in Overbrook from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Friday as crews work on utility lines.

The Fort Pitt Tunnels will have overnight single-lane traffic in both directions starting at 10 p.m. today and Thursday for cleaning and maintenance. Tonight’s restrictions won’t start until an hour after the end of the Pirates game. Lanes reopen by 5 a.m. daily.

A lane has closed on eastbound Route 30 at the bridge over Electric Avenue in North Braddock as crews apply sealant. The restriction is scheduled to end at 5 p.m. Friday. No westbound restrictions.

Replacement of a bridge on Saxonburg Boulevard in Indiana Township has begun, closing the road between Francioni Lane and Klein Road through June 20. The posted detour uses Harts Run Road and Route 8.


Single-lane traffic on southbound Route 8 is underway from Krebs Drive to Applewood Drive in Richland from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Friday. No northbound restrictions.

A reconstruction project has reduced Interstate 80 in Jefferson County to one lane in both directions between Reynoldsville (Exit 86) and Falls Creek (Exit 97). The restriction will remain in place into November.

Coming Monday: Northbound Route 885-Lebanon Road will be closed at the intersection with Lebanon Church Road at 6 a.m. for replacement of the bridge over the Union Railroad tracks. Southbound traffic will be shifted to the northbound side of the bridge; northbound traffic will be detoured. The overall project continues through April 2015.


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