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Pitt officials presented the University's Institutional Master Plan to the City Council on Wednesday afternoon.

Pitt officials present Institutional Master Plan to City Council

By Natalie Frank, News Editor July 16, 2021
Pitt officials presented an application for Pitt’s new Institutional Master Plan to members of Pittsburgh City Council at a public hearing Wednesday afternoon.
The Oakland Planning and Development Corp.’s June 24 meeting discussed the pending demolition of the rowhouses located at 3401-3421 Bates St. and transferral of the property to Pitt.

Community members express concerns over plans for Bates row houses

By Clare Sheedy, Staff Writer June 30, 2021
After years of dealing with the series of boarded up and uninhabited Bates Street row houses, Oakland community members are making sure the pending owner of the parcel — Walnut Capital — has definitive plans to fix up the area.
Laurel Gift decided to implement a new service, Pitt Concern Connection, with a more user-friendly platform and a centralized system than Alertline.

‘We can only be as healthy as our community’: Pitt Concern Connection replaces AlertLine as new 24/7 reporting system

By Clare Sheedy, Staff Writer June 30, 2021
When approaching creating a new resource for community members to submit concerns, Laurel Gift said Pitt “can only be as healthy as our community.” Gift, an assistant vice chancellor and head of the Office of Compliance, Investigation and Ethics, was involved in creating Pitt Concern Connection, Pitt’s new all-in-one reporting system.
The Oakland Planning and Development Corp.’s monthly meeting discussed property construction and replacing water mains throughout Central Oakland.

OPDC discusses water line replacements, Dawson Street lot

By Millicent Watt, Senior Staff Writer June 30, 2021
The Oakland Planning and Development Corp.’s monthly public meeting consisted of a property owner seeking community input on property construction and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority explaining the process of replacing water mains.
Pitt students are looking forward to the in-person activities and opportunities that will be available this upcoming year.

Health restrictions, spirits lift as Pitt updates COVID-19 guidelines

By Punya Bhasin, Senior Staff Writer June 25, 2021
As more and more people become vaccinated, the CDC, Governor Tom Wolf and Pitt administration are not only lifting their COVID-19 restrictions, but also Pitt students’ spirits.
The Oakland Planning and Development Corp. held a public meeting Tuesday night to discuss neighborhood developments, including a proposal to demolish and refurbish the current Croatian Fraternal Union located on 3441 Forbes Avenue.

OPDC discusses proposed Croatian Fraternal Union building demolition

By Punya Bhasin, Senior Staff Writer June 23, 2021
After severe damage to the structural integrity of the Croatian Fraternal Union building, a Pitt official discussed the University’s plan to demolish the building and salvage parts of its facade for the sake of historical preservation.
According to a petition, the houses at 3401-3421 Bates St. and 392 Coltart Ave. near Boulevard of the Allies are a “public nuisance” due to their dilapidated and uninhabited state.

Board committee approves Hillman renovations, new chilled water plant and off-campus property acquisitions

By Natalie Frank, News Editor June 17, 2021
The properties and facilities committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees held a public meeting Thursday morning to approve several projects involving campus buildings. Pitt will also acquire a series of properties around Bates Street, Boulevard of the Allies and Zulema Street.
Tuesday’s Black Emancipation: A History of Celebration panel focused on the importance of celebrating Juneteenth and the history of Black emancipation, featuring panelists Sam Black, Laurence Glasco and Charlene Foggie-Barnett.

Panel discusses the history of Black emancipation in celebration of Juneteenth

By Betul Tuncer, Staff Writer June 16, 2021
The panel “Black Emancipation: A History of Celebration” on Tuesday afternoon focused on Black emancipation throughout history and the ways in which Americans have taken to celebrate and commemorate such history through Juneteenth.
Photos: Pittsburgh Pride March

Photos: Pittsburgh Pride March

By Clare Sheedy, Staff Photographer June 9, 2021

Thousands of people marched Downtown at Pittsburgh Pride Revolution 2021 in support of the City’s LGBTQ+ community.

While the CDC said fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear face coverings in most indoor settings, some people are nervous about removing their masks.

‘People are generally happier’: Oakland adjusts to new CDC guidelines

By Colm Slevin, Staff Writer June 9, 2021
While CDC guidelines say those fully vaccinated no longer need to wear face coverings in most settings, some people say they’re unsure about not wearing masks since not everyone has gotten vaccinated yet and some may not be truthful about their vaccination status.
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