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Pittsburgh expanding neighborhood revitalization effort

| 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.

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