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  45. Firebombs Must End
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  48. Shadow on the Lawn
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  50. Right-to-Know Law Testimony
  51. University Impact Aid Law
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  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
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  70. Community Objectives
  71. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
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  73. Letter to Chancellor Patrick Gallagher
  74. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
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  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
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  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
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  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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  113. Follow-Up Letter to Mayor William Peduto
  114. Letter to the Editor
  115. A Tragic Practice
 
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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
  112. Path of Dignity or Path of Tragedy
  113. Follow-Up Letter to Mayor William Peduto
  114. Letter to the Editor
  115. A Tragic Practice

Letter to
Mayor William Peduto

By Carlino Giampolo
October 20, 2020

(Below is a follow-up letter of the May 11, 2020
letter to Mayor Peduto that is on Link 112.)

Mayor William Peduto
City of Pittsburgh

Mayor Peduto,

The plans for your ill-conceived roadway project from Hazelwood Green, through Four Mile Run and Panther Hollow, to Pitt and CMU, continues, even during the deadly Covid-19 crisis. This project, as you know, will eventually destroy iconic Panther Hollow, one of Pittsburgh's first Italian neighborhoods.

Your roadway project was morally corrupt from inception. Oftentimes, criminal wrongdoing is the shadow of continuous moral corruption. By copy of this email, we are once again requesting District Attorney Stephen Zappala conduct a criminal investigation of this project.

Consider this email and the websites www.OaklandDignity.com, www.SavepantherHollow.com and www.PantherHollow.us as public testimony in staunch opposition to this roadway project.

My letter to you on May 11, 2020 about this project is on the front page of the Oakland Dignity website. Information about your morally reprehensible attempts to renege on a nearly 40-year agreement between the city, University of Pittsburgh, and the Panther Hollow community, by building your roadway through the right-of-way area in our neighborhood, is included in that letter for those who are unaware of your actions. Here are a few additional thoughts about your roadway project.

Those who believe this project will not eventually destroy our Italian neighborhood should learn about the history of Oakland. The decimation of Oakland's business and residential districts due to the uncontrolled expansion of Pitt and CMU, is also on the front page of the Oakland Dignity site. Decimation is a polite way of saying "legal rape."

We are disappointed that the leaders of the foundations that own Hazelwood Green continue to be involved with the crookery of Pittsburgh politics. These leaders bring dishonor to the names of Heinz, Mellon, and Benedum.

We are also disappointed with DOMI's Karina Ricks. She came to Pittsburgh from Washington D.C. and we were impressed with her character and values. She courageously refused to apply for a grant to build this roadway.

That action, though, resulted in an angry response from Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald who said: "She is not the decision maker," when told of her heroic action. Since then, her value system has changed, as she has now become enmeshed in the dishonest nature of Pittsburgh politics.

She reneged on her promise to pave Boundary Street this year. That promise was made last year after mentioning to you in an email that I would plant an Apple tree in a massive neglected pothole on our street, one of over 60 potholes there. However, we hope that she will soon pause, reflect, and realize that the city's paycheck is not worth the loss of her own dignity and self-respect.

Please discontinue telling our community of the claims that this roadway project will increase economic development so that all Pittsburgh can thrive, and that it will provide greater tax revenue for the city, public schools, and county, or any other such benefits. Our community has heard all of that rhetoric before when the former Pitt Chancellor Edward Litchfield wanted to demolish all of the homes in Panther Hollow, displacing hundreds of residents with his futuristic 21st Century Research Park. That Pitthetic story of Pitt's history is on the front page of the Save Panther Hollow website.

The PWSA stormwater project, though separate, is also intricately involved with this roadway project. You formed a committee to appoint their board members, with former Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg as chair, and former CMU President Jared Cohon as a member.

Mark Nordenberg knows we are not impressed with his titles and awards. During his 19 years as chancellor and his massive expansion of the student body, Oakland had the filthiest conditions of any neighborhood in the city. He infamously raised tuition to the highest in the nation for a public university, from nearly $20,000 to over $50,000 per year. Disgracefully, he refused our community's request for an environmental program to end the trash and litter problems, even though that program would have only cost a meager $4 dollars of that hefty tuition fee. You refused to support our neighborhood.

In my May 11 letter, which was titled "Path of Dignity or Path of Tragedy," I mentioned that changes occur on one of these two paths. Nordenberg had the opportunity to take the Path of Dignity when we requested that he move the massive Homecoming Week fireworks display to another venue outside of Oakland. We requested this because our homes would shake and the windows rattle when the firebombs would explode in close proximity to our neighborhood.

On one occasion, while he was celebrating this Homecoming Week event with his administrators, alumni, and students, my 90-year-old mother suffered seizures and we rushed her to the hospital wondering if she was going to live to see the new day. We asked for your help to move the fireworks display to a venue that would keep our neighborhood safe. Again, you refused to support our neighborhood.

That massive fireworks display ended this year. It took the tragedy of Covid-19 to prompt that change.

In your 18 years as a city councilman and mayor, you never attempted to pass a law to protect our community from the uncontrolled, destructive expansion of Pitt and CMU. It is astounding that you cared so little about Oakland. This roadway project shows once more that you are in partnership with all of those "elite hypocrites" who make decisions to destroy our neighborhoods, while keeping their own neighborhoods safe and secure from these universities' expansion.

You refuse to see the truth of this roadway project. That is why you never pursued an in-depth Impact Study to assess how this roadway project will affect the neighborhoods of Oakland and Four Mile Run. Pitt's Institutional Master Plan is tied with the roadway project. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher would not give us that same type of in-depth Impact Study for this plan. You refused to give our neighborhood any support to see that truth.

There is no oversight of your office, Pitt and CMU, resulting in the further destruction of our neighborhood. We hope all of that will change with the actions of the district attorney, and the local media's hiring of top-notch investigators to assist their own personnel.

We continue to be in solidarity with the residents of Four Mile Run and all others who see the social injustice of your roadway project. We will continue speaking up and taking action until there is a new consciousness at city hall and the universities, whereby human dignity truly becomes the highest priority.

Note: Mayor William Peduto chose silence.

 

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