Making Pittsburgh Great Again?

  URA/Private Partners Renew Push For Controversial Project OPN’s investigative article in March 2016 about a Public/Private partnership formed between the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), University of Pittsburgh and CMU, involves seizing publicly owned land to build a private roadway shuttle system-using autonomous vehicles, through the Junction Hollow section of Schenley Park. At that time, […]


An OPN News Editorial “If you do not change your direction, you may end up where you are heading”  Loa Tzu As Mayor, Bill Peduto is the number one representative of the people of Pittsburgh. So it’s all the more important to ask, and continue to ask, “Who does Number One work for?” In Pittsburgh, […]

Marching Into The Future

“When written in Chinese, the word crisis is represented by two characters, one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.”                                 John Fitzgerald Kennedy   They came in unprecedented numbers from every corner of the nation, from cities and small […]

Pipeline Protesters Arrested Defending Tree Cutting on Families Land

By Michael Badges Canning Federal Marshals with automatic weapons and bullet proof vests. Sheriff’s deputies and state troopers dispatched to “keep people safe.” Something terrible must be happening in Pennsylvania’s forests to result in this show of power. Something terrible is happening, but it’s not what you may think. Large corporations are taking lands owned […]

The Silent Majority: Photographing Donald Trump’s Rallies

By Robert Lee Bailey I just wanted to ignore Donald Trump’s campaign. Like so many other people, I thought it would fizzle out at some point. But gradually his rhetoric–and the violent consequences of it–became too glaring for me to ignore. On February 29, 2016, I saw the video of Time magazine photographer, Christopher Morris, […]

URA Files Suspect Development Grant Without Consulting Residents

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published an article on August 29, 2015, revealing that one month earlier, on July 31, The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh submitted a $3 million grant application to the State of PA’s Department of Community and Economic Development, for a roadway to be built from the neighborhood of Panther Hollow in Oakland, […]

The “New” East Liberty

By Greg Godels The catchword is “gentrification”—the popular and relatively benign word for a process of displacement and neglect of poor and minority communities in favor of an urban settler class of young, well-off, and mostly white urban gentry. It is not something entirely new or original: for over half a century, neglectful displacement has […]

Housing Crisis Impacts Hill District Residents

By Carl Redwood In Pittsburgh there is an affordable housing crisis, which is severely impacting families and households with low and very low incomes. Black families are being forced out of the city in large numbers because of their lack of affordable housing options. Over the last four decades, politicians have promised a city that […]

Preserving the Soul of Pittsburgh

By Ray Gerard Increasingly, concerned groups are pointing out that Pittsburgh’s development policies are having hugely negative effects on the very neighborhoods they’re supposedly developing. People are being priced out of their homes, evicted from their apartments, and made to feel unwelcome in their own neighborhoods. Project after project is aimed toward the very wealthiest […]

Fighting For Public Transit and Equitable Communities

By Molly Nichols and Casy Stelitano Between 2007 and 2013, the Port Authority of Allegheny County was faced with a severe funding crisis and cut 30% of their service, eliminating over 100 bus routes, laying off hundreds of workers and closing a garage. In just 4 years, fares went up 25%. This story is far […]