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  1. Introduction
  2. Open Letter to the Board of Trustees
  3. University's Response to Open Letter
  4. Response to University
  5. YouTube Documentary
  6. Preuniversity Settlers
  7. Oakland Bill of Rights
  8. Declaration of Freedom
  9. Problems
  10. Solutions
  11. Actions
  12. UPMC
  13. PITT
    SempleFest
  14. Jul. '09
  15. Aug. '09
  16. Sept. '09
  17. Oct. '09
  18. Origin of SOUL
  19. WPXI - Group talks trash
  20. National Disgrace
  21. Gratitude
  22. Support Letters
  23. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  24. Pittsburgh City Paper
  25. Media - Broken Trust?
  26. Feb. '10
  27. Jun. '10
  28. Done Deal?
  29. Mayor's Reply
  30. Pitt Fireworks
  31. Pitt Fireworks
  32. Pitt Fireworks
  33. Aug. '10
  34. Sep. '10
  35. Letter to Legislators
  36. Letter to Chancellor
  37. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  38. A Call for Compassion
  39. WPXI Coverage
  40. Human Dignity
  41. Letter to the Editor
  42. SempleFest
  43. Request for Apology
  44. The Shame of a University
  45. Firebombs Must End
  46. Call To Action
  47. Fireworks Press Release
  48. Shadow on the Lawn
  49. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Article
  50. Right-to-Know Law Testimony
  51. University Impact Aid Law
  52. Proposal University Impact Aid Law
  53. Nordenberg Must Resign
  54. Allegheny County Council Testimony
  55. Time for New Leadership Message
  56. Time for New Leadership Testimony
  57. Class-Action Lawsuit?
  58. Nordenberg Must Resign Paid Message
  59. Time for A New Beginning
  60. Letter to the Editor
  61. Letter to the Editor
  62. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  63. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article
  64. A New Paradigm
  65. In Memoriam: Robert "Bob" Casciato
  66. Symbol of Domination
  67. Revised University Impact Aid Proposal
  68. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  69. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  70. Community Objectives
  71. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  72. City Planning Commission Testimonies
  73. Letter to Chancellor Patrick Gallagher
  74. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  75. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  76. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  77. End The Shame
  78. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  79. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  80. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher

South Oakland Update:
February 2010

City Planning Commission testimony - February 2, 2010

I am here to voice opposition to Pitt’s future intention for a 200-bed dormitory expansion into the heart of our community on Oakland Avenue.

For our community this issue is about human dignity. For the University, this issue is about greed and increasing revenue. We urge you to place human dignity as your highest priority.

From the days of the existence of the Syria Mosque, Pitt and UPMC have expanded at will to the detriment of our community’s culture and lifestyle. In this issue, Pitt and UPMC have colluded for each other’s benefit. It is reported that Pitt paid UPMC over $2 million for the property involved in this proposed expansion.

On November 3, 2009, I sent a letter (attached) to Mr. Stephen Tritch, Chairperson of Pitt’s Board of Trustees, and asked him this question: “What are the benefits to the elderly, long-time residents of South Oakland by having a 200-bed expansion of student housing on Oakland Avenue?” He gave no benefits because he refused to answer the letter.

Vice Chancellor G. Reynolds Clark’s only response at a meeting on November 12 was that the expansion will take this property out of the hands of slum landlords.

At a meeting of the Oakland Community Council on December 14, Mr. Eli Shorak’s only response to this question was that it would remove 200 students out of community housing units, and place them under the control of the university. He erroneously implied that these 200 units would then be filled with non-students. The true net effect of this proposed expansion is that we will have 200 additional students in the heart of our community.

He was also asked by a long-time resident:: “When will Pitt’s expansions in our community end?” The insolent response was: “Probably never.”

Here are just a few reasons why this expansion must be rejected:

1) It will have a deleterious impact on an environment which even some students refer to as “ghetto-looking.” I wish to include our website www.oaklanddignity.com as part of this testimony, and urge you to peruse it carefully for it will give you valuable insight into this issue.

2) This expansion will exacerbate the very serious and ever-increasing drinking problems that occur now almost daily, whereby residents have become fearful for their safety.

3) Traffic and parking problems will increase.

Regardless of the present laws, you should demand from Pitt a comprehensive in-depth impact statement on how Pitt’s proposed expansion will affect our community concerning these three important issues.

4) I will provide you with information entitled; “National Disgrace.” Please review it carefully. No administrator at Pitt or UPMC has refuted any facts or figures contained therein.

Pitt has other campuses where they can pursue their expansion plans.

You have the opportunity to initiate a new future for our community by denying the University’s request for expansion. It will take courage and compassion. The good people of South Oakland deserve no less from you.

Here are some future actions our grassroots movement will take:

A) We will continue to call for the resignations of Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg and UPMC CEO Jeffrey Romoff.

B) We will continue to ask the local and national media to initiate in-depth investigations of these two institutions.

C) We will continue protests fronting the Cathedral of Learning, the Chancellor’s residence on Devonshire Street, and UPMC headquarters on Grant Street.

D) We will seek legal help to protect our civil rights as a collective community..

Carlino Giampolo

 

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