2013-2014 HDCG Planning School

"Vacancy: Neighborhood Stewardship"

Wednesday, September 18th
Meeting begins 4:00pm
Walking Tour begins 5:00pm
Hill House, Conference Room A, 1835 Centre Ave

Join the Hill District Consensus Group and Clean Green Hill for a special meeting and walking tour!

Clean Green Hill is a volunteer-driven community group active in the Hill District. They focused on cleaning up and beautifying our neighborhood. Volunteers have cleaned up vacant lots, streets, and hillsides all over the Hill.
The group also coordinates with partners such as the Hill District Consensus Group and Allegheny Cleanways as well as ServePGH's Love Your Block & Redd Up programs.Their motto: "Connecting stewards for a cleaner and greener Hill!"

Walking Tour in Uptown:
- Stop by the first Love Your Block site at the corner of Fifth and Dinwiddie
- head down Fifth / Forbes to see newly planted trees right after they are mulched and pruned (we have a Tree Care Day scheduled for 9/14)
- Tustin Street garden and tot lot
- Moultrie Street Garden (Mama Africa Green Scouts)

Snacks and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP!
shao@hdcg.org or 412-697-4692.

Click here for the Facebook event

2013 Bedford Ave Hillside Clean-up

2012 Upper Hill Clean-up

About the Program Initiative


Family Friendly Housing Development without Displacement


Comprehensive Vacant Property Strategy

Current best practices recognize that a blanket treatment of vacant lots and buildings is much less effective than a strategy targeted towards the specific characteristics of the neighborhood and each vacant property. This strategy, creates a vacant property plan for the Hill that considers the size, location and adjacent uses of vacant lots and buildings in order to recommend the most appropriate next step for eachundefinedmaintain as permanent open space, use as temporary open space, or designate as a long-term development site. Beyond identifying potential next steps for vacant properties, this program could also include some degree of capacity for maintaining lots and buildings until disposition. Use the Hill District Historic Inventory to prioritize rehabilitation.

Enable the community to capitalize on the opportunity and potential in abandoned and vacant properties and protect against speculators by holding vacant properties in order to facilitate their desired neighborhood redevelopment. Increase property values and improve neighborhood appearance. Increase sense of ownership/stewardship. Create better communication with City regarding demolition.

Neighborhood Clean-ups
As already demonstrated by Find the Rivers! and other groups, neighborhood organizations could facilitate a seasonal daylong cleanup of vacant lots and publicly owned spaces in the Hill. These  cleanups could involve neighborhood youth and perhaps conclude with a celebratory meal or event. Regular clean-ups would improve the physical appearance of the Hill, would increase residents’ sense of ownership/stewardship and would provide safe, productive options during school vacation for neighborhood kids.


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