1. Open Letter to the Board of Trustees
  2. University's Response to Open Letter
  3. Response to University
  4. Home
  5. YouTube Documentary
  6. Preuniversity Settlers
  7. Oakland Bill of Rights
  8. Declaration of Freedom
  9. Problems
  10. Solutions
  11. Actions
  12. UPMC
  13. PITT
    SempleFest
  14. Jul. '09
  15. Aug. '09
  16. Sept. '09
  17. Oct. '09
  18. Origin of SOUL
  19. WPXI - Group talks trash
  20. National Disgrace
  21. Gratitude
  22. Support Letters
  23. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  24. Pittsburgh City Paper
  25. Media - Broken Trust?
  26. Feb. '10
  27. Jun. '10
  28. Done Deal?
  29. Mayor's Reply
  30. Pitt Fireworks
  31. Pitt Fireworks
  32. Pitt Fireworks
  33. Aug. '10
  34. Sep. '10
  35. Letter to Legislators
  36. Letter to Chancellor
  37. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  38. A Call for Compassion
  39. WPXI Coverage
  40. Human Dignity
  41. Letter to the Editor
  42. SempleFest
  43. Request for Apology
  44. The Shame of a University
  45. Firebombs Must End
  46. Call To Action
  47. Fireworks Press Release
  48. Shadow on the Lawn
  49. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Article
  50. Right-to-Know Law Testimony
  51. University Impact Aid Law
  52. Proposal University Impact Aid Law
  53. Nordenberg Must Resign
  54. Allegheny County Council Testimony
  55. Time for New Leadership Message
  56. Time for New Leadership Testimony
  57. Class-Action Lawsuit?
  58. Nordenberg Must Resign Paid Message
  59. Time for A New Beginning
  60. Letter to the Editor
  61. Letter to the Editor
  62. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  63. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article
  64. In Memoriam: Robert "Bob" Casciato
  65. Symbol of Domination
  66. Revised University Impact Aid Proposal
  67. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  68. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  69. Community Objectives
  70. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  71. City Planning Commission Testimonies
  72. Letter to Chancellor Patrick Gallagher
  73. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  74. A New Paradigm
 
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  1. Open Letter to the Board of Trustees
  2. University's Response to Open Letter
  3. Response to University
  4. Home
  5. YouTube Documentary
  6. Preuniversity Settlers
  7. Oakland Bill of Rights
  8. Declaration of Freedom
  9. Problems
  10. Solutions
  11. Actions
  12. UPMC
  13. PITT
    SempleFest
  14. Jul. '09
  15. Aug. '09
  16. Sept. '09
  17. Oct. '09
  18. Origin of SOUL
  19. WPXI - Group talks trash
  20. National Disgrace
  21. Gratitude
  22. Support Letters
  23. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  24. Pittsburgh City Paper
  25. Media - Broken Trust?
  26. Feb. '10
  27. Jun. '10
  28. Done Deal?
  29. Mayor's Reply
  30. Pitt Fireworks
  31. Pitt Fireworks
  32. Pitt Fireworks
  33. Aug. '10
  34. Sep. '10
  35. Letter to Legislators
  36. Letter to Chancellor
  37. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  38. A Call for Compassion
  39. WPXI Coverage
  40. Human Dignity
  41. Letter to the Editor
  42. SempleFest
  43. Request for Apology
  44. The Shame of a University
  45. Firebombs Must End
  46. Call To Action
  47. Fireworks Press Release
  48. Shadow on the Lawn
  49. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Article
  50. Right-to-Know Law Testimony
  51. University Impact Aid Law
  52. Proposal University Impact Aid Law
  53. Nordenberg Must Resign
  54. Allegheny County Council Testimony
  55. Time for New Leadership Message
  56. Time for New Leadership Testimony
  57. Class-Action Lawsuit?
  58. Nordenberg Must Resign Paid Message
  59. Time for A New Beginning
  60. Letter to the Editor
  61. Letter to the Editor
  62. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  63. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article
  64. In Memoriam: Robert "Bob" Casciato
  65. Symbol of Domination
  66. Revised University Impact Aid Proposal
  67. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  68. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  69. Community Objectives
  70. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  71. City Planning Commission Testimonies
  72. Letter to Chancellor Patrick Gallagher
  73. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  74. A New Paradigm

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 Link 68)

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.

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 Link 70)

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.

Carlino Giampolo
Founder, SOUL (South Oakland Urban Litter)


 

Pittsburgh City Council
Public Comments

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 of Pittsburgh.

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 statement.

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 community;

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 end;

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 never-ending expansion.

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.

Carlino Giampolo
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 influence.

 

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