Pittsburgh City Council hears opposition to needle exchange program

Pittsburgh City Council hears opposition to needle exchange program

Allegheny County has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic over the past few years, with the continued rates of drug overdoses causing concern for residents and elected officials alike.

Some people believe a way to stave off the long term consequences of intravenous drug use in particular could be through needle exchange programs like Prevention Point, a 20-year-old program that operates in neighborhoods throughout the city.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Divisive vote by council moves forward city purchase of former Art Institute of Pittsburgh building

Divisive vote by council moves forward city purchase of former Art Institute of Pittsburgh building

In another contentious move on a busy day, Pittsburgh City Council, in a tight 5-4 vote, approved the $40 million purchase of the former Art Institute of Pittsburgh building.

Located in the city’s rapidly developing Strip District, the building will serve as a new office space for city employees as well as the Pittsburgh Urban Housing Authority and Urban Redevelopment Authority. Previously the city’s housing authority, Urban Redevelopment Authority, and other city departments shared a jointly owned building for office space.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburghers jam council chambers to express opposition to UPMC expansion plans

Pittsburghers jam council chambers to express opposition to UPMC expansion plans

More than a hundred registered speakers took to Pittsburgh City Council chambers to voice their opinions, largely skeptical, of a $2 billion expansion of a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospital — catching a few members' ears in the process.

UPMC, the multi-billion dollar health care and insurance enterprise, gained council’s approval in 2012 to expand its Mercy campus in Uptown — a rundown neighborhood sandwiched between downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland.

Thursday, July 19, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh council members hope to keep some control after PWSA restructuring

Pittsburgh council members hope to keep some control after PWSA restructuring

Pittsburgh city council Wednesday voted to hold a bill that would change the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority board and governance, as members try to find a way to keep some council oversight over the city’s water system.

The members now plan to hold two future public meetings in June before a final vote at the end of the month.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Three years on, Pittsburgh Council hears complaints on landlord registry at public hearing

Three years on, Pittsburgh Council hears complaints on landlord registry at public hearing

Pittsburgh City Council held a public hearing on a long talked about policy that requires landlords to register their property Wednesday.

Despite passing in 2015, the ordinance has not yet been enacted because of a legal challenge from a group of local landlords.

Thursday, April 5, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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