The realty transfer tax increase would raise $9 million a year to create an affordable housing trust fund. The city is short about 17,000 homes affordable enough for the working poor.
More than 50 witnesses testified to members of the council Wednesday on the creation of a Housing Opportunity Fund. The legislation would set aside millions each year for affordable housing.
Rivers are at the heart of the Pittsburgh region. The area’s economic and environmental revival is closely tied to its rivers, but unfortunately its aging and poorly designed sewer system is creating a crisis. As little as one-tenth of an inch of rain can cause raw sewage and other contaminants to overflow into local rivers.
Clever rhyming chants, raucous marches, scratchy megaphones. The wave of strikes and rallies that spread throughout Pittsburgh on Thursday sure looked and sounded familiar. But there was an added ingredient to the demonstrations Thursday…
Many UPMC hospital workers went on strike Thursday morning, seeking union rights, after the healthcare company announced wage increases in March.
Dozens of service workers, students and families protested outside a McDonald’s restaurant on Pittsburgh’s North Side Thursday. William Boas led the crowd in chants by megaphone. He said fast food jobs aren’t just for teenagers.