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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Trees bring big benefits to Bloomfield

Communities gain long-term benefits from trees, from raising property values to significantly reducing storm water runoff. For a business district, the effects of trees can help their bottom line: visitors are willing to spend more in a commercial district lined with trees, which also increases their positive impression of the neighborhood. Trees also directly benefit health: several studies have directly linked trees in urban areas with healthier hearts and lower stress levels.

Bloomfield has the twelfth lowest tree canopy out of 90 Pittsburgh neighborhoods,

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Community ask for changes to Little Italy Days

  • Over 300 Bloomfield residents and business owners took the time to complete our survey about Bloomfield’s Little Italy Days. Their responses and comments were thoughtful, practical, and manageable, and summarized below.More discussion of Little Italy Days and potential next steps will be discussed at the Bloomfield Community Forum meeting on 4/21 at 6:30 pm. See April Events to the right for more details.
  • Publicize event detours three weeks before the event.
  • Remove garbage from neighborhood twice daily during the event.

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BDC Receives Grant for Housing Program

In early January, the Bloomfield Development Corporation (BDC) received a grant from the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG). The funding, which was awarded through PCRG’s Reimagining Communities Initiative, will be used to create a much-needed housing program in Bloomfield. The program will address housing issues in the neighborhood including repair and maintenance issues, as well as focusing on wealth building among residents.

Rising property taxes and other expenses often mean that homeowners on a low or fixed income have to prioritize other needs over home repairs or maintenance.

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