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  1. Introduction
  2. Open Letter to the Board of Trustees
  3. University's Response to Open Letter
  4. Response to University
  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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[HOME]

  1. Introduction
  2. Open Letter to the Board of Trustees
  3. University's Response to Open Letter
  4. Response to University
  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)

On August 3, 2015 public comments were spoken at the Pittsburgh City Council meeting.

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

August 3, 2015

Oakland's three councilmen wrote letters of support for a Texas development company seeking a variance to construct a building at 3407 Forbes Avenue. The fundamental purpose of this project is to provide student housing for the University of Pittsburgh. One month ago I wrote a letter to each councilman seeking explanations of their support. There has been no response. The executive director of the Oakland Planning and Development Corporation did not respond to similar requests.

I opposed the variance at the Zoning Board of Adjustment for many reasons, but primarily because of its potentially devastating impact on the residential community and small businesses in Oakland. Unfortunately, the variance was granted.

A new paradigm has emerged with a lawsuit filed to appeal the ruling. This legal action could potentially be the prelude to a class action lawsuit to protect the heritage of Oakland's residential community and stop the university's ongoing expansion.

We all know the value a university brings to a city, but there must be a balance between the needs of the university and the needs of its host community. This council and others have placed the glory and economic benefits the university brings to this city far above the dignity of residents who are severely impacted by the university's uncontrolled growth.

Our grassroots movement began eight years ago. During that time this council has never taken an action to protect the community from the university's expansion. Years ago I asked a councilman, "Why doesn't the University of Pittsburgh do more for the community of Oakland?" His said, "You cannot force people to care." That is precisely why a community looks to the moral integrity of its elected leaders. Their job is to enact laws and protect the community from those who do not care enough.

At a recent community meeting, a longtime resident stated, "Oakland's being destroyed by too many students." This kind of sentiment, felt by Oakland residents, has been ignored by this council and others for far too long.

Changes are coming. Where will the next paradigm shift emerge? From this council enacting laws placing a moratorium on further student expansion in Oakland? From the men and women of the local and national media who will adhere to the ideals and principles of their profession? Or will it come from the leaders of the university itself who will understand that the residents of Oakland have suffered enough from the university's never-ending expansion?

Carlino Giampolo

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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