***UPDATE 6/10/19: Missed our Spring Membership Meeting? Check out the presentation here.***
Please join us for our annual Spring Membership Meeting & Board Elections on Wednesday, June 5th at 6 p.m. at the Clemente Museum (3339 Penn Avenue). There are 6 “by-ward” seats up for election (2 for each “Ward”), and 8 eligible candidates. All Lawrenceville United members in good standing are eligible to vote in LU’s Board elections. Not a member yet? No problem! You can become a member online here, or you can join as a member in person at the meeting. The evening will also include refreshments and an update on LU’s work in the community & plans for moving forward.
There are three ways to cast your vote for candidates for the Board of Directors:
- Voting in person at the Membership Meeting on 6/5
- Returning a ballot by mail to 118 52nd Street, Suite 2026, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
- Voting online via THIS FORM.
The deadline to vote is Tuesday, June 18th, 2019.
This year’s Board candidate slate follows below, and members in good standing may vote for up to 2 candidates for each Ward (each neighborhood of Lawrenceville). Please click on any of the candidates to read their bios.
6th Ward (Lower Lawrenceville)
|9th Ward (Central Lawrenceville)||
10th Ward (Upper Lawrenceville)
*Current Board members running for re-election appear in bold with an *.
Questions? Contact LU at 412-802-7220 or info@LUnited.org.
Look around Lawrenceville and you can see that this neighborhood is full of beautiful street trees and unique green spaces. Many hands have supported the work of transforming Lawrenceville into a place with strong community gardens, beautiful parks, and a tree lined main street.
The Lawrenceville Tree Tenders (LVTT) is one of the groups that has been responsible for leading this work in Lawrenceville. Join the LVTT on Wednesday February 6th, 2019 from 6pm-8pm at Full Pint Wild Side Pub (5308 Butler Street) for the Tree Tenders Meet & Greet. Meet your neighbors, learn about our work, get info on how to request a tree for your sidewalk, and sign up to volunteer with the LVTT.
Remember, we need your to help keep the neighborhood GREEN!
Questions? Call LU @ 412.802.7220 or email Darrell@lunited.org
LU hosted our first Lawrenceville-wide Public Safety Meeting on Tuesday 1/15/2019 at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Lawrenceville branch. Big thanks to the library for hosting, Dr. Heath Johnson from Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Zone 2 Police’s Commander Zett, Officer Davis, and Det. Malloy, Public Safety Director Hissrich and Dan Shak, as well as the offices of Councilwoman Gross, Rep. Innamorato, and Rep. Ravenstahl.
In case you missed the meeting, please see the materials below:
Your TL;DR version….
The bad news: total crimes are up from last year, driven largely by an increase in property crimes — mainly thefts from auto and burglaries.
The good news: violent crimes continued to decrease, 5 year averages for total crimes are down, Lawrenceville remains safe compared to Zone 2 and the City of Pittsburgh, and 12 public safety cameras are going up around Lawrenceville in the next couple weeks to deter and solve crime.
Regularly scheduled block watches will resume in February and March. Our next quarterly public safety meeting will be held in April. Please input on what content you’d like to see the April meeting cover to info@LUnited.org or call 412-802-7220.
Conversation with Society for Contemporary Craft
- 2021 is the 50th Was started in Verona. Contemporary Craft has been the Strip District Produce Terminal for 32 years. Is free of charge. Art is central in people’s lives. Accessibility is important.Strong educational programs.
- Core values: art to build community, critical support for Artists providing opportunities, filling gaps in public education, sharing cross cultural perspectives , social Justice (e.g. displacement, food justice)
- Facilities: With redevelopment of produce terminal, future is uncertain. Looking at spaces in Upper Lawrenceville.
- Exhibition: Craft Media: clay, glass, metal, wood, found materials. Museum-school partnership with 6-8th graders alongside curriculum. Have done projects like stitching pillows with Women’s Shelter to address feelings about displacement.
- Studio program: 3 major studios: wood and ceramic, fiber-mixed media, and metals. 100 programs a year, scholarships are available, offer a broad price range to be accessible. $35 is the lowest for entry level classes. Invite school groups to tour exhibition and do a hands on activity. Drop in station: open and free, family oriented, accessible and high quality.
- 8 visiting artists through airBnb, sometimes have done summer artist residency. Traveling shows, e.g. around social justice. Received Award of Distinction from American Craft Council, a national organization that gives award every 2 years. We are first org. to receive it in Pittsburgh, so it’s a big deal.
- Events are generally at night. Workshops on weekends get around 20-30 people, events like artist talks, fundraisers. Saturdays we get about 200-400 people visiting our Strip District location over the course of a day.
- Potential interest in pop-up locations for the end of 2019. Would need 3,500 SF for exhibition space in late April-August, 1-2,000 SF studio space, 1,500 SF of retail store.
- 12 current full-time employees.
- Drawn to Lawrenceville because of stronger residential presence, schools, afterschool programs, etc.
Beginning in 2019, in lieu of the monthly “block watch” meetings in each section of Lawrenceville, LU and Pittsburgh Police Zone 2 are teaming up to offer quarterly public safety meetings for all of Lawrenceville to cover larger issues affecting the entire community.
Agenda will include:
*A review of crime trends in Lawrenceville for 2018 with Commander Zett of Zone 2 Police
*Update on public safety cameras from City of Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Hissrich.
*Meet with residential and commercial security companies to get more information on security systems and private cameras for your home/business.
Light refreshments provided.
Free childcare available with RSVP. Questions/RSVP to LU: 412-802-7220 or info@LUnited.org.
The second of three “Housing For All” community meetings was held on Wednesday, October 17th at 6 p.m. at Goodwill of Southwestern PA’s Workforce Development Center. The meeting focused on Inclusionary Zoning as a tool to preserve affordability. Please see below for materials and notes from the meeting:
- Presentation from Lawrenceville United & Lawrenceville Corporation
- Video introducing Inclusionary Housing
- Presentation from Department of City Planning
- Meeting notes from Q&A + break-out groups
- Follow up questions that were submitted are currently being answered and will be posted here when complete.
The third community meeting, Housing For All: Community Feedback and Call to Action, will take place on Monday, November 5th from 6-8 p.m. at Goodwill’s Workforce Development Center (118 52nd Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201). The building is fully accessible. Dinner provided. Childcare available by advance request to LU at 412-802-7220.
For a recap of the first meeting held on 9/28/2018, Housing For All: The State of Housing & Displacement in Lawrenceville, please click here.