Update: On September
4, 2014 a letter was delivered to Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, the
University of Pittsburgh's new head, requesting a meeting. Chancellor
Gallagher did not respond. (See link 67)
On September 22, 2014 a second letter was delivered
to Chancellor Gallagher. He did not respond. (See
On October 10, 2014 at a community event, the
chancellor was asked why he had not responded to the aforementioned
two letters. He replied that he never received the letters. On October
14, 2014 copies of the same two letters were delivered to his office.
At that time the secretary said the original letters were given to
Chief of Staff Reynolds Clark, who failed to forward them to the
Chancellor Gallagher responded in a letter
dated October 15, and a meeting was held on October 28 with Chief
of Staff Reynolds Clark, Vice Chancellor Paul Supowitz, and Assistant
Vice Chancellor John Wilds.
On December 2, 2014 a letter was delivered
to Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. (See
On June 16, 2015 oral and written testimonies were given
to the City Planning Commission. (See Link 71)
On June 30, 2015 a letter was delivered to
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher pertaining to the student housing project
at 3407 Forbes Avenue. (Link 72)
On July 7, 2015 public comments were spoken
at the Pittsburgh City Council meeting. (Link 73)
To obtain an expeditious insight into the issues
that have impacted the community of Oakland by the University of
Pittsburgh's presence, please peruse the first four links and the
last seven links of this website.
Founder, SOUL (South Oakland Urban Litter)
July 7, 2015
The fundamental purpose for the 3407 Forbes Avenue project in Oakland’s
business district is to provide student housing for the University
The developer sought a height variance at the Zoning Board of Adjustment
and the variance unfortunately was approved. When the business community
is destroyed, the residential community is destroyed as well.
Three council members wrote letters of support, and others remained
silent while offering no opposition.
Councilman Dan Gilman – You likely would not have written a
letter of support if the University of Pittsburgh wanted to destroy
businesses and build student housing on South Aiken Street.
Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle – You are a voice for constituents
who have faced injustice yet lose your courage when Pitt is the oppressor.
Council President Bruce Kraus – You tarnish your integrity
by claiming in your letter that this project “helps to relieve
a great deal of pressure that has been placed on a densely populated
residential neighborhood” but offering no proof to support that
It is obvious that this council’s agenda is to confine Pitt’s
sprawling growth to Oakland, and not have it spread to your own neighborhoods.
I have come before this council nearly 30 times asking for greater
caring for the Oakland community, especially the longtime residents.
Instead, you align yourself with a former chancellor who raised $2
billion in capital improvement for his university and nothing for the
a past chief of staff who said “We have no money” when
asked for funding for a community anti-litter program;
an associate vice chancellor for business development who said, “Never,” when
a longtime resident asked when Pitt’s Oakland expansion would
and an assistant vice chancellor of community relations who suggested
the dormitory at Nordenberg Hall primary benefit for longtime residents
was to “make money and give it to the city for its services.”
None of you took the time to know the longtime residents of Oakland
who have passed away, or those who moved away because of Pitt’s
If you have, your connections at the University of Pittsburgh took
precedence. That is Pitthetic.
One of the purposes of this city council is to enact laws protecting
the people and heritage of this iconic neighborhood.
When you do not take action to uphold this purpose, you willingly
forsake your constituents and your duties.
You become nothing more than puppets to the desires of the University
of Pittsburgh administrators.
It is so and so it is.
Founder, SOUL (South Oakland Urban Litter)
Pitthetic: noun – a university, organization, government
entity, or individual that negatively impacts a community by action
or inaction; adjective – pathetic as a direct result of
a university, organization, government entity, or individual's negative