Category Archives: Oak Hill

From the Courier

Christian Morrow gets in-depth with the Oak Hill Development compromise.

Apparently, the Black Political Empowerment Project put the heat on Mayor Ravenstahl, and in turn the Mayor stuck it to the University of Pittsburgh.

“It was an exhausting, up-hill battle, but after 18 months we finally struck a deal and it worked out well for us,” said Resident Council President Eloise McDonald. “Pitt got Robinson Court, but we got everything else. The residents are very happy.”

Note to our friends: Robinson Court, apparently, will involve a soccer field!!

Morrow also gives a behind-the-scenes account of Rachel “Winnie” Cooper’s removal from the District 9 ballot.

Deborah M. Todd covers the 3rd Annual African American convention, at which Dan Onorato gave an introduction, and casino owner Don Barden gave the keynote address.

Money quote from K. Chase Patterson: “It was a fantastic event, but not all young people are down for galas.”

T.G.I.F. Roundup

The P-G’s Ann Belser reports on Dan Onorato expressing “a little frustration in trying to govern and constantly having the judiciary block us as we try to deal with a home rule government.”

At issue are rulings on property tax assessments, and on a ballot referendum on the office of county Sheriff.

County Councilman Dave Fawcett, R-Oakmont, said the decision should be appealed. The office, he said, “was created during the time of Thomas Jefferson when they felt that every office in the land should be elected to avoid tyranny.”

Editorial Aside: Actually, we haven’t warmed to tyranny.


A P-G Editorial lauds the Oak Hill development compromise struck between Hill District leaders, and the University of Pittsburgh and the Mayor’s office, as a model for citizen action for other communities.

Editorial Aside: Maybe we should have given this more play. (You see? We can self-flaggelate just like the Old Media!)


Two good reads on the TRIB opinion page. Columnist Eric Heyl speculates on the subway tunnels and fancy eateries popping up on the North Side in light of “the post-apocalyptic atmosphere the North Shore typically assumes from the final Steelers game until baseball season begins in April.”

Also, a dynamic duo representing the Allegheny Institute darkly contemplates the use of RAD money to save public transit. We can not find any actual recommendations in the piece, however, unless they are well-buried.

Editorial: Where Do We Go Now?

What impact will Bill Peduto’s withdrawal (pththb!) have on the blurghosphere at large?

No worries, mate.

If you keep score, well, I guess the burghosphere is oh-for-two. And it does … pause for a for a day or two, when things don’t go exactly as envisaged.

Call it “time to process.”

The one descriptive term we keep hearing in spades is evolution. We are evolving quickly. We are evolving in an interesting fashion. Those are good things. They are courtesy, no doubt, of the special blessings of Pittsburgh. Optimism remains the order of the day.


Everything you read in the Comet post Capitulation 2007 is complete bunk.

We have come to some agreement that Bill Peduto (pththbt!) looked into the burghosphere (precocious east end knowledge worker that he is) and became aghast at what he saw.

He questioned his strategy, and perhaps his allies. He rebelled.

We have yet to see the new movie 300, but we have heard about it. We were doing that to Team Ravenstahl. Not just for being young, or even simple, but for outright sins, monstrous things, crimes of passion, crimes of violence, crimes of malice! Come on, now. What was anyone to make of this?

When Bill Peduto (pththb!) spoke of division, we feel he was speaking from the heart.

Cooling off. Yes. That would be nice.

“Give the kid a chance” has a lot of wisdom.

Or it’s fantastic political kungfu. Whatever.


Reentry into the general election as an independant candidate that is, pulling a Caliguiri, or perhaps a Lieberman was ruled “in” as a possibility, at least until it gets before a judge. A great big hat tip to Jon Delano for that.

So to Bill Peduto … ahem.

If we may.

Don’t worry about us bloggers, Bill Peduto! Don’t sweat the small stuff! Don’t sweat this nonsense! We’re just bunch of crazy idiots! That’s us, jerk-ass Homer!

Only please rest assured that everybody in the city — and we really, truly mean everybody — hopes you “pull a Caliguiri“. Everybody.

Choice and debate are hard to come by, even in a democracy. You offered us that opportunity, Bill Peduto (pththb!), and then you snatched it back. We’re pretty sure you robbed it from Michael Lamb to begin with.

So run.


To Luke Ravenstahl,

We have a great many “I Like Luke” stickers. We have them decorating our kitchen, our car, our computer.

We like Luke. We like Luke’s people, from what we’ve seen.


The burghosphere will again break up and part ways, somewhat. The BURGH REPORT will likely tell us the score every day. The Admiral will be there to guide us in fey waters and through windy, windy winds. 2 Political Junkies will be blogging live from the Very Green Zone.

The Angry Drunk Bureaucrat will be all that, and so much more. Pittsblog will represent for the cupcakes. Matt H, for the O’Connors. Newbies will multiply. Smitty will tell ghost stories. PittGirl will keep us all freaking enthralled.

The Comet expects to stick around. We expect to return to a lot of historical preservation, a lot of race relations, a little macroeconomics and whatever.

We are entertained and bedazzled by this drama that is Pittsburgh, this city on the eternal, spectral brink. We have a very, very good feeling.


Good news today!

The Oak Hill Development has settled amicably, and to every one’s apparent relief. (Rich Lord, P-G)

Some Port Authority transit cuts have been restored. (P-G by itself — Grata must be on vacation.)


We hope to have some interviews up next week. Join us for the re-evolution, or whatever.

Look alive, Pittsburgh!

What Is With That Guy?

Yesterday we saw a P-G Perspectives piece by Eloise McDonald, president of the Oak Hill Residents’ Council. She argued against switching Oak Hill developers mid-stream, by awarding the contract for higher-end Phase II development to different interests than those already responsible for lower-income Phase I.

Her rationale was that without access to the Phase II payoff, the Phase I developer would be unable to maintain their property over time. The original plan was a mixed-income, sustainable community, but this new scheme, she claimed, would result in segregated haves and have-nots.

A fine, cogent argument, we thought. Oh, this is how she framed it:

“If we change developers, as housing authority Chairman Dennis Regan has demanded, the current Oak Hill community will be permanently locked into a low-income existence.”

That was yesterday. We learn today from the P-G that Dennis Regan quit the Housing Authority. Yesterday.

We thought we had heard somewhere, “That man no longer works for the city.” Today’s article, in fairness, has Authority Executive Director Meachem assuring us, “He hasn’t been involved in any [authority] activities since the time the mayor suspended him. None. Zero.”

Still, this brings a new kind of significance to Ms. McDonald’s pointed urge that we “follow the money” to see who benefits from switching Oak Hill developers.

Amazingly, Councilwoman Twanda Carlisle opined that Regan’s resignation from the housing authority “comes on a sad note, because I thought he was doing a wonderful job.”