Streetscape Demonstration Project Launches!

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Walk down Liberty Avenue in October and you might encounter some new neighbors – two sets of benches and planters installed in the block from Edmond Street to State Way. Temporarily installed by Bloomfield Development Corporation with support from Neighborhood Allies, the project’s goal is to provide community members with an opportunity to give feedback on what kind of planters and benches they would like in the neighborhood.

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West Penn Hospital spearheads neighborhood safety improvements

On Monday, May 23, staff and consultants of District Attorney Stephen Zappala’s office unveiled the results of a safety audit and plans to improve public safety infrastructure in Bloomfield.

The audit resulted in several recommendations, many of which focused on traffic coming off Penn Avenue, and the need to create a virtual checkpoint as people and vehicles enter Bloomfield. Other recommendations focused on West Penn Hospital, particularly the emergency room entrance, where there is a high volume of traffic and thus,

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Bloomfield Saturday Market offers more than fresh produce 

Farmer’s markets have long been the preeminent place to buy the freshest local produce, but in the last several years they are also becoming a creative way to address community needs. In addition to offering access to locally sourced food, spots like the Garfield Night Market, Lawrenceville farmer’s market, and East Liberty farmer’s market are helping to redefine the use of public space. With the addition of entertainment, family activities, and intentional social interaction, neighbors are coming to these marketplaces and finding more than just their week’s supply of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Event producer invites further public input 

On April 23rd, Little Italy Days event producer, Sal Richetti, began a public meeting about the Little Italy Days festival by expressing his willingness to talk to or meet with anyone at any time. Mr. Richetti, who can be reached at 412.377.2923 or by email at bigdayent@aol.com, discussed planned improvements to garbage removal and entertainment schedules with community leaders before the meeting was opened to the community.

Concerns were raised about both the timing of street closures and garbage from both community leaders and Councilwoman Deb Gross,

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Restoration of “Pittsburgh’s Little Italy” sign is a work in progress

Restoration of the “Pittsburgh’s Little Italy” sign at the base of the Bloomfield bridge and in front of Shur Save is temporarily on hold due to circumstances beyond our control. We’re sad that the gray primer is staying up longer than intended, and hope to see the original colors restored soon.

What you see now has been scraped and sanded, and then a thick coat of an oil-based primer was applied. Plans were to begin applying color this past Tuesday,

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