Pittsburgh expanding neighborhood revitalization effort
Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 2:52 p.m.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced his "Love Your Block" neighborhood revitalization program is expanding thanks to $130,000 from the Home Depot Foundation.
Last fall, nearly 700 volunteers, with $10,000 from Home Depot, created 17 community gardens and removed 5,480 pounds of litter.
"The Home Depot Foundation has recognized this program's impact and has made a generous commitment that will allow us to double our efforts to revitalize more City blocks," Ravenstahl said at a press conference in Knoxville.
The number of revitalization projects will increase from 20 to 50 per year, with the grant amount for each doubling to $1,000. In addition, one project will be voted "best" by city employees and receive $2,000 for future work.
"We are honored to be a part of The Mayor's Love Your Block Initiative to help residents repair and refurbish homes and neighborhoods," said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation.
Love Your Block provides neighborhood groups with a Home Depot gift card to purchase supplies and equipment.
The mayor made today's announcement at a vacant lot on Jucunda Street in Knoxville, where the "400 Block of Jucunda St. Clean-up Committee" is transforming two vacant lots into a community flower garden.
Applications for the next round of 25 projects, which will take place this fall, are available at www.servepgh.pittsburghpa.gov/loveyourblock/grantapplication .
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Qualifications of Peduto nominee for building inspection chief come up short
- Neighbor in East Liberty sisters’ slayings may be part of murder-for-hire case
- On Pittsburgh visit, EU Ambassador says $15B aid package to Ukraine signal of support
- FirstEnergy last to get smart meter OK
- CCAC to offer early retirement incentives
- PennDOT cash eases road repair pain in Lawrence County
- Casey says C-130s to remain into ’15 at Moon base, but squadron will lose jobs
- Newsmaker: Charlotte Lott
- State Superior Court denies ex-Sen. Jane Orie’s corruption appeal
- Tax delinquents make impact in Western Pennsylvania
- Historical markers approved for 21 sites around Pennsylvania