Monday, May 6, 2013
Could the South Hills look more like South Side? Or better?
It's not that the bus stops along Route 51 in Brentwood, Baldwin and Whitehall aren't functional. They're just not very good. That is ... at least compared to what they could be. Five students from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture's Master of Urban Design program impressed an audience gathered at the Fairhaven United Methodist Church in Overbrook on Friday with their ideas for Route 51 bus stop improvements. The biggest improvements? These wouldn't just be bus stops anymore; they'd be high-tech, self-sustaining "platforms" complete with bike racks, water fountains and solar panels to power LED lights, real-time bus schedules and even vending machines and cellphone charging stations. And while the most practical idea …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Economic Development South is hosting the meeting at Carrick High School.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Erin Faulk
Tuesday, April 16
Economic Development South will host an open house meeting this Thursday, April 18, to discuss improving Brownsville Road. The organization invites all local residents, especially those who frequent the area, to share thoughts and ideas for making the Brownsville Road corridor more connected and a nicer place to spend time in the community. The meeting will be held in the Carrick High School cafeteria at 125 Parkfield St., Pittsburgh, PA 15210, from 6 to 8 p.m. From Economic Development South: In 2012, EDS was awarded a grant from the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development to develop a strategic action and implementation plan for the business districts/commercial clusters along Brownsville Road. The plan will identify specific…
Friday, April 5, 2013
A local nonprofit is developing a plan to boost community growth.
A local nonprofit organization is working to make the Brownsville Road area a regional destination, according to the Tribune Review. The newspaper reports that Economic Development South is developing a strategic action plan this spring of the busy road from Nobles Lane in Carrick to Saw Mill Run Boulevard at the Brentwood/Whitehall border. The goal of the plan is to bring in more business and improve the streetscape, transportation and public safety along Brownsville Road. Economic Development South received a $50,000 grant for the plan from the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Responses needed to hear concerns and preferences.
Students from Carnegie Mellon University's Master of Urban Design program are partnering with representatives of Economic Development South (EDS) this spring to improve bus stops on Route 51 and enhance the accessibility of neighborhoods along that corridor, according to an EDS news release. To get the project under way, the students have designed a short online survey to hear concerns and preferences from area residents and commuters. The survey (available here) is anonymous and takes about five minutes. EDS is a nonprofit community development corporation serving Brentwood, Whitehall and Baldwin boroughs and the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Carrick and Overbrook. EDS is committed to facilitating investment and reinvestment, creating jobs…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Volunteers raise funds for area development by jumping into the Mon' River as part of the annual Pittsburgh Polar Plunge.
Hundreds of Pittsburghers successively broke the world's 3-meter doggypaddle record on New Year's Day after braving 36-degree temperatures to jump into the Monongahela River. And nearly 30 of those record-breakers were community leaders and volunteers from Brentwood, Baldwin and Whitehall boroughs. The Brentwood-Baldwin-Whitehall folks, headed by John F. Slater—owner of the John F. Slater Funeral Home in Brentwood and the board chair of Economic Development South—accepted sponsorships of varying amounts to make good on their promise of arctic swimming. All told, over $4,000 were raised to be split between Economic Development South (EDS), the Brentwood-Baldwin-Whitehall Chamber of Commerce, the Brentwood Business Owners Association and the…
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Take part in a great cause on New Year's Day.
If you can think of a better way to support development projects in Brentwood, Baldwin and Whitehall boroughs, please let us know. But for now, we're jumping into the Mon'. Baldwin-Whitehall Patch Editor Bob Healy—that's me—will join the crazy folks from the Brentwood-Baldwin-Whitehall Chamber of Commerce, the Brentwood Business Owners Association, Economic Development South and the Brentwood Park Initiative in a New Year's Day Polar Plunge into the Monongahela River. Participants—open to all people—will try to raise funds by obtaining sponsors for their 9:30 a.m. plunges that day. The participants will meet at their launching pad—the Monongahela River Parking Wharf, or "Mon Wharf"—to bask in the warmth of their community before basking in…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday is Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might otherwise be overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in Baldwin-Whitehall. "Having a strong business district is better for your property values," said Stephanie M. Miller, the manager of projects & initiatives for Economic Development South. "If you leave your community to shop at a big-box store or …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Linda Book is pursuing travel options for—roughly speaking—the area between Caste Village and Brentwood Towne Square.
Considering the recent loss of a Port Authority of Allegheny County bus route along Baptist Road, Whitehall Borough Councilwoman Linda J. Book discussed an idea at Wednesday night's council meeting of an in-borough transportation service. "I don't know exactly the numbers of the folks that require bus transportation," Book said on Wednesday, "but it's a significant number of homes on Baptist Road that have been abandoned by Port Authority." Book said that she has spoken with Economic Development South Executive Director Greg Jones regarding that situation and has brainstormed with him "to see if we can get some transportation, perhaps, from one end—the Caste Village area—up to the Brentwood Towne (Square) area, where the large hub of Route…
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The German celebration takes place on the border of Brentwood and Carrick.
German? Perfect. Not German? No problem. The Brentwood Business Owners Association and Economic Development South present the 7th Annual Oktoberfest Street Fair (open to all) near the intersection of Brownsville Road and Sankey Avenue on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. The fair not only celebrates German heritage—highlighting food, beer and music—but it also allows businesses and other organizations in the Brownsville Road/Sankey Avenue Business District to showcase themselves, said John F. Slater of the John F. Slater Funeral Home in Brentwood Borough. Slater is helping to organize the fair, which will take place on the border of Brentwood and Pittsburgh's Carrick neighborhood. Starting at 5 p.m., workers at the Stewart Avenue …
Friday, June 8, 2012
'These funds represent a serious commitment to Economic Development South.' - EDS Executive Director Greg Jones
Ongoing efforts to redevelop commercial corridors in Pittsburgh's South Hills area have received a substantial funding commitment, as The Heinz Endowments has awarded Economic Development South (EDS) a $120,000 grant for organizational capacity building and general operating support. "These funds represent a serious commitment to Economic Development South, our member communities and our ongoing efforts to redevelop and revitalize our commercial corridors," said Greg Jones, EDS' executive director. "This grant is also testament to the dedication, passion and commitment of the EDS Board and of our member communities. "I'm delighted that these efforts have been rewarded." The Heinz Endowments, a nonprofit organization, supports efforts to …