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  2. Open Letter to the Board of Trustees
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  5. YouTube Documentary
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  8. Declaration of Freedom
  9. Problems
  10. Solutions
  11. Actions
  12. UPMC
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    SempleFest
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  20. National Disgrace
  21. Gratitude
  22. Support Letters
  23. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
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  25. Media - Broken Trust?
  26. Feb. '10
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  28. Done Deal?
  29. Mayor's Reply
  30. Pitt Fireworks
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  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
  81. March from P.H. to The Run
  82. Decimation of an Urban Community
  83. Public Comments
  84. 18 Questions
  85. Dishonest Public Position
  86. Belief Precedes Experience
  87. City Council Public Comments
  88. A Sacred Place
  89. Investigations Needed by Oakland Residential Community
  90. Letter to Council President
  91. March from P.H. to The Run
  92. Lack of Integrity
  93. SOUL Program Implementation
  94. Brookings Institution Study
  95. Robots In Oakland
  96. Fiduciary Duty
  97. Fiduciary Duty
    Follow-Up
  98. Moratorium
  99. Letter to Council President
  100. Criminal Investigation
  101. Request to D.A.
  102. Request to Supporters
  103. Goodnight, Malnight
    Time to Resign
  104. Responses for
    Request to Resign
  105. Pitt Quarantine Policy
  106. Patrick Gallagher
    TIME TO RESIGN
  107. Thoughts of an
    Oakland Resident
  108. Unconscionable Pitt Policy
  109. Letter to Dean of Students
  110. Follow-Up Letter to Dean of Students
  111. Criminal & Civil Liability
 
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[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
  81. March from P.H. to The Run
  82. Decimation of an Urban Community
  83. Public Comments
  84. 18 Questions
  85. Dishonest Public Position
  86. Belief Precedes Experience
  87. City Council Public Comments
  88. A Sacred Place
  89. Investigations Needed by Oakland Residential Community
  90. Letter to Council President
  91. March from P.H. to The Run
  92. Lack of Integrity
  93. SOUL Program Implementation
  94. Brookings Institution Study
  95. Robots In Oakland
  96. Fiduciary Duty
  97. Fiduciary Duty
    Follow-Up
  98. Moratorium
  99. Letter to Council President
  100. Criminal Investigation
  101. Request to D.A.
  102. Request to Supporters
  103. Goodnight, Malnight
    Time to Resign
  104. Responses for
    Request to Resign
  105. Pitt Quarantine Policy
  106. Patrick Gallagher
    TIME TO RESIGN
  107. Thoughts of an
    Oakland Resident
  108. Unconscionable Pitt Policy
  109. Letter to Dean of Students
  110. Follow-Up Letter to Dean of Students
  111. Criminal & Civil Liability

Fiduciary Duty

The following was sent on November 17, 2019 to members of the Oakland Planning and Development Corporation Board of Directors, and members of the Pittsburgh City Council, among others. It is a follow-up to Link 96.

Executive Director Wanda Wilson
Oakland Planning and Development Corporation

As you know, the Oakland Planning and Development Corporation (OPDC) has a serious fiduciary duty to protect our community from institutions like the University of Pittsburgh. On November 4, I asked you to respond to seven areas of concern for our community. However, there has been no response.

In addition to responding to those concerns, please answer the following:

8) Does OPDC support a roadway, now referred to as the Mon-Oakland Connector, from Hazelwood Green, through Four Mile Run and Panther Hollow, to Pitt and CMU? OPDC needs to take an official stand now.

It is tragic that some residents of Oakland, including those working for OPDC, have shown support for a roadway through the University of Pittsburgh's owned parking lot in Panther Hollow. Oakland residents should be united as one in halting the uncontrolled, cancerous growth of the University of Pittsburgh, which is our fundamental problem, rather than being divided by a roadway which will destroy our historic neighborhood.

That cancerous growth has attracted numerous developers to Oakland, including one that wants to build townhouses on Boundary Street, a street that has never had any townhouses. I hope OPDC gives its strong support to our community and stops this development.

It takes courage and a deep connection to core values to stand up to the University of Pittsburgh administrators and all of their supporters. Many of these administrators and supporters are hypocrites. They don't live in Oakland, and they don't want a University of Pittsburgh-type institution in their own neighborhood. They don't want to have their own neighborhood destroyed in a manner that Pitt has done to Oakland, yet they will give full support to policies that further destroy our neighborhood. These are individuals who value economic gain over dignity, and who are separated from their own core values.

Council President Bruce Kraus, in his recent election campaign, said that one of his top priorities is improving neighborhood empowerment. The University of Pittsburgh seems to be very powerful mainly because far too many individuals have given away their own power to the university.

We are asking that you embrace your own power, as well as your core values, to protect and preserve our community. Please answer our eight concerns.

Thank you
Carlino Giampolo


Note: In an email on December 19, 2019, Wanda Wilson responded to the above question #8:

OPDC does not support the Mon-Oakland Connector. You can read a statement with more context here.

(Here is the referenced statement with more context):

Oakland Planning and Development Corporation Mon-Oakland Connector Update, November 2019

OPDC supports community-driven priorities in transportation infrastructure investments. We advocate for pedestrian and bicycle safety, and actively look for ways to reduce the demand for private vehicles in Oakland.

The city’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) proposes to improve non-automotive connectivity into Oakland through Junction Hollow, expanding the existing single bicycle trail connecting the Panther Hollow neighborhood of Oakland with the Eliza Furnace Trail to a double trail – one for slower recreational use, the other for faster bicycle and potentially electric-assisted personal mobility devices such as e-bikes and scooters – the construction of which would coincide with PWSA’s planned reconstruction of the Junction Hollow watershed floor.

This proposed connection, the “Mon-Oakland Connector,” has undergone many changes since it was first proposed several years ago. The current proposal appears to have stepped away from the autonomous shuttle track that was originally prominently featured. OPDC supports this change, as it indicates DOMI is responsive to neighborhood input, which was overwhelmingly opposed to the shuttle service. Pittsburghers for Public Transit authored a letter asking for DOMI and Port Authority to prioritize connections, improvements to transit service, and bicycle and pedestrian safety measures over any investment in a shuttle track. OPDC has signed on to this letter in support of community-driven priorities for transportation infrastructure.

We believe it important to note that none of the measures in that letter are enough to meaningfully reduce the volume of car traffic flowing into Oakland every day, nor do they offer significant enhancements for connectivity to Hazelwood and Oakland for commuters from the Mon Valley, the vast majority of whom travel to jobs in Oakland in single occupancy vehicles (SOVs). There remains a need to provide a better transit connection between Oakland and Hazelwood as well. Buses are currently unable to climb Bates or Brady streets from Second Avenue to provide an efficient connection to Oakland’s employment center; and existing routes that do climb the hill through Greenfield and Hazelwood are local and slow. Oakland needs bold and progressive ideas for enhanced fixed-route transit access from the south that is reliable, efficient, and does not exacerbate traffic congestion on existing arterial roadways.

In addition, South Oakland residents need better mobility connections – to Schenley Park; to Central Oakland’s business district, the Fifth/Forbes corridor; and to Second Avenue and Hazelwood. South Oakland was once served by multiple trolley lines that provided these connections, and later by a Port Authority circulator that allowed residents to access businesses and medical facilities “up Oakland,” but these connections have now long gone, and aging homeowners in South Oakland are increasingly isolated and frustrated.

Where public options are not readily available and accessible, private shuttles appear to serve the interests of some, but most decidedly not all, of Oakland’s constituents. Privately-operated gasoline- and diesel-powered shuttle buses and vans regularly ply Oakland’s streets for particular constituent users, but none of these is accessible to non-affiliated Oakland residents. OPDC seeks viable sustainable solutions to Oakland’s mobility challenges that support the quality of life for all of Oakland’s residents.

(Other responses in the email by Ms. Wilson are on Links 95, 96 and 98.)  

 

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