Hundreds gather in protest over the verdict in the shooting death of Antwon Rose II

Antwon Rose Sr. spoke to about 200 people gathered at Freedom Corner in the Hill District on Saturday. They had gathered for what was billed a Community Solidarity Service in response to Friday's not-guilty verdict in the fatal shooting of his son, Antwon Rose II. Rose Sr. said he was thankful for the support since his son’s death in June and through the trial this past week. “It’s very painful to see what happened, to sit there and deal with it,” Rose said. “I just don’t want it to happen to our city no more, man.”

Antwon Rose II, 17, was killed on June 19 by former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld.

A pedestrian crosses the street in Beechview. (Photo by Kat Procyk/PublicSource)

Some communities view streets as pedestrian spaces. Could Pittsburghers benefit from more room to play?

Given that our streets are one of our largest public assets, can we do more to use them? The city has already embraced some aspects of the open streets concept. There are models for increasing temporary recreational spaces on streets and open lots in cities like New York and Minneapolis. What would it take for residents to take greater advantage of streets on a regular basis, especially in areas with fewer play options, where streets could be connectors instead of barriers?