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  48. Shadow on the Lawn
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  55. Time for New Leadership Message
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  59. Time for A New Beginning
  60. Letter to the Editor
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  62. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
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  64. A New Paradigm
  65. In Memoriam: Robert "Bob" Casciato
  66. Symbol of Domination
  67. Revised University Impact Aid Proposal
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Enough Is Enough! Trashed street photo.

[HOME]

  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

In Memoriam:
Robert “Bob” Casciato

City Council Testimony – February 11, 2014

When 89-year-old Robert “Bob” Casciato passed away, the community of Oakland, and Panther Hollow in particular, lost one of its most outstanding residents. Bob was a fearless advocate for human rights who never hesitated to defend the dignity of his family and community.

Our Mayor often talks with pride about his Italian immigrant roots. Bob was also proud of his Italian roots, and would relate how in the late 1880s his father came to Pittsburgh from Pizzaferrato, Italy, and owned one of the first homes in Panther Hollow. Our Mayor often talks with pride about his Italian immigrant roots. Bob was also proud of his Italian roots, and would relate how in the late 1880s his father came to Pittsburgh from Pizzaferrato, Italy, and owned one of the first homes in Panther Hollow.

More importantly, Bob took action to protect and preserve his heritage. In the 1970s, University of Pittsburgh administrators attempted to turn nearly half of the neighborhood into a parking lot for exclusive use by students, faculty, and staff. Mr. Casciato and others in the neighborhood successfully fought this intrusion and curtailed the expansion of the University, thus preserving a large area of green space for community use. His efforts continued, despite being told by a University Vice Chancellor “Never,” when he asked the question “When will the University’s expansion in Oakland end?”

One Oakland organization executive nicknamed Oakland’s past the “Wild West” in reference to students terrorizing the community. Mr. Casciato was not intimidated and, when the need arose, bravely confronted drunken students and called 911 to report the disturbances. He and his family suffered consequences as a result. Their car was keyed and tires slashed, feces were thrown into their yard, their dog was poisoned, and their cats were stolen. Unfortunately, these indignities continued. One month before Mr. Casciato passed away, drunken students were walking on the flat roof of his home and loudly using profane language in the middle of the night. Unable to get out of bed, Mr. Casciato’s son had to confront the drunken intruders.

Bob had a dream of beautifying the roadways leading into and out of Panther Hollow, which would have been of great benefit to the neighborhood, the city, and the bicyclists who use these bike trail roadways daily. The University and others turned a deaf ear to that request. Perhaps this new city administration will, in the future, make Bob’s dream a reality.

Individuals like Mr. Casciato inspire our grassroots movement to strive with greater determination and conviction to create a new beginning for the community of Oakland. Although Mr. Casciato never had his name placed on a building, or was given recognition or awards by the media or other organizations, he was for many of us a true champion and hero, who made our neighborhood and the city of Pittsburgh a better place to live, with harm to none.

Carlino Giampolo

 

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