diversity A 1981 federal court order aimed at achieving racial desegregation mandated the merger of the General Braddock district with the school districts of Churchill, Edgewood, Swissvale and Turtle Creek. Those students came together to make up Woodland Hills School District. We take a look at the district 35 years later.
Only 9 percent of journalists in Pittsburgh are black, Hispanic or Asian, according to a new survey by the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation. That's far less diverse than the city as a whole, which is 24 percent black, 3 percent Hispanic and 6 percent Asian.
Overlooked communities Rents are increasing. The neighborhood isn’t what it used to be. New upscale apartment buildings are unaffordable. These were the sentiments echoed throughout downtown Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
“Every house has a story,” says Maryann Huk, director of the McKeesport Preservation Society.
And every house has its own remnants of life. Sometimes dishes are left on the table. Food in the refrigerator. And the owners long gone. It’s like an image taken straight from the aftermath of the Great Depression, Huk says.
Overlooked communities In Allegheny County, only 30 to 45 affordable rental units exist for every 100 low-income families. It is a housing deficit that perpetuates the cycle of poverty in the Pittsburgh region.
Today, Matthew Desmond — Harvard sociologist and author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City — spoke at the East Liberty Presbyterian Church to a room full of landlords, tenants, magistrates, housing policy experts and lawyers to discuss potential solutions to the shortage of affordable housing.