First Map Details Hill District Resources
The first map pinpointing community resources of the Hill District will be unveiled by students enrolled in the Community and University Honors Seminar.
The map was created to help combat negative stereotypes of the Hill District and to provide an interactive, Web-based resource for others, according to Dr. Evan Stoddard, who teaches the class and is acting dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts.
“This project focused on a neighborhood near the University that is in the midst of new developments,” Stoddard said. “Because of its cultural history and varied resources, the Hill District has much to offer the wider community.”
The Hill District, according to the students, has 68 identified and documented resources and “ample amounts of opportunity,” with current economic developments, including the Consol Energy Center, which will be the new home of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the new Kuhn’s Market. “As we learned from this project, the Hill District has a lot to offer,” the students wrote in a summary.
“Many people living in Pittsburgh might be surprised to learn about these resources in the Hill District,” Stoddard said. “Individuals may use this information for their own activities, and organizations may choose to use the information to build partnerships and seek collaborations.”
The map includes organizations such as the Landslide Community Farm, Find-the-Rivers Project, Association for the Deaf, local churches, historical landmarks, schools, housing areas, businesses, green spaces and parks, NAACP headquarters, the YMCA, Black Political Empowerment Project, the Hill House Association and the new Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Hill District Branch, among others.
Brief descriptions of the resources, pictures and contact information on the map allow these resources to be easily located. The online map is formatted so that more information is available at a simple click. The format also allows future additions and changes to be made.
The students’ findings will be presented at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, in the Duquesne University Towers Multipurpose Room and again at noon on Wednesday, May 6, in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Hill District Branch, 2177 Centre Ave. at Kirkpatrick Street.
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