Spring Cleanup

sidewalk trash

Join your Slopes neighbors and students from CMU for a Spring Slopes Cleanup focused on neighborhood streets.

Meet at 10:30am at 21st and Josephine St where we will split into groups to tackle problem areas.

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Pittsburgh Land Bank Public Meeting

Want to learn more about the Pittsburgh Land Bank and review the policies and procedures that will guide how it works? Mark your calendar and RSVP for the upcoming meeting Monday, March 20 from 6:30 to 8 PM at:

St. Paul AME Church
400 Orchard Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15210.

The input from this meeting will be collected for the PLB Board to review as they finalize the policies and procedures posted at pghlandbank.org.

If you cannot make this meeting, check out the list below for additional times and locations. You can also leave your input online at pghlandbank.org. Childcare is available for two meetings (3/25 and 4/4) and light refreshments will be served at all of them.

You do not need to live in the area of the meeting; residents from anywhere in the city may attend whichever meeting is most convenient for them. RSVP and review the draft policies and procedures at pghlandbank.org/public-meetings

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South 21st Street Complete Green Street Project

Come and learn about the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s plans to transform South 21st Street with trees, grasses, bioswales and pedestrian improvements. They will present concept designs and seek feedback from you, your friends and neighbors to help inform the final design. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is not required. For more information, please email 21street@paconserve.org.

When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Brew House – 711 21st Street, Pittsburgh, 15203
Who: Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning and Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

Final South 21st Meeting Flyer

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March General Meeting

The March General Meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association will be Tuesday March 14 at 7pm.

NEW LOCATION: Join us at the Henry Kaufman Neighborhood House at 2201 Salisbury Street in the Slopes.

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January General Meeting

Make one of your New Year’s Resolutions to get more involved in your neighborhood. Join us for our first General Meeting of 2017.

Where: The Brashear Association, 2005 Sarah Street, Pittsburgh, PA
When: Tuesday, January 10 at 7PM

Open Streets in South Side
South Side Park Master Plan / Signage
Committee Updates

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South Side Slopes Holiday Party

The annual South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association Holiday Party will be on Tuesday, December 13 at 7PM at St Paul’s Monastery Retreat Center.

Dinner will be provided, but feel free to bring a dessert, side dish, or appetizer.

Have extra this holiday season? The Association will be collecting toys for Brashear’s annual toy drive. Bring a new unwrapped gift or toy for children up to age 12 to the party – or you can drop them off at: The Brashear Center, 2005 Sarah St.

Hope to see you there!

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Welcome New Board Members

Congratulations and welcome to the newest members of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association Board of Directors:

  • Elizabeth Heidenreich
  • Blake McLaren
  • Donna Tarkett

Thank you to our departing members: Sarah Alessio Shea, Laura Officer, and Pavel Yakovlev. 


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Slopes Elections & General Meeting

StepTrek wrap-up and the Board Elections for the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association will be at the next general meeting.

The meeting will be on Tuesday October 11 at 7pm at the Brashear Association, 2005 Sarah Street, 15203.

Voting Members of SSSNA are eligible to vote at the October Meeting. Voting Members must be eighteen years old or older and have attended at least two General Meetings this past year. (See By Laws, Article IV, Section 1.)

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This year StepTrek is partnering with Steppin Stanzas, a new performance arts project created to promote the use of Pittsburgh’s public steps and celebrate the city’s rich heritage, its diversity, and distinctive geography.


Steppin Stanzas co-founders and lead artists Paola Corso, a poet and literary activist, and Andrew Edwards, a poet and performance artist/translator will launch their project by creating original work inspired by city steps and performed along a StepTrek route this year.


“Along with its three rivers, Pittsburgh’s hills and the stairs that traverse them are one of the most unique, recognizable, and defining characteristics of our city, “says Corso. “Steppin Stanzas brings art to a new venue that few other cities could offer.”


“We intend to use art and spoken word performances to draw attention to city steps and challenge the audience to see them in a new way,” Edwards added.


Steppin Stanzas artists will perform poetry with music and movement at the registration area and during water breaks.


“The South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association will provide the water. Steppin Stanzas will provide the words to help refuel trekkers as they finish the last leg of the two courses. They will already have climbed more than a thousand steps. We’ll cheer them on as they catch their breath and carry on,” Corso said.


Corso is the author of six books of fiction and poetry set in her native Pittsburgh, most recently The Laundress Catches Her Breath, winner of the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing from the Working Class Studies Association, and Edwards, who studied Spanish and creative writing at Ohio Wesleyan University with a focus in modern poetics, is the author of The Kobe Reality Series, a book of poetry based on his experience living in Japan.


Corso and Edwards will collaborate with guest artists Aaron LeFebvre, an acoustic finger-style guitarist combining traditional and folk with modern sounds, and movement artist Daniel Dongilli for their Steppin Stanzas launch, which was awarded a Sprout Fund grant.

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Pittsburgh StepTrek 2016


In its 16th year, the Pittsburgh StepTrek will begin Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 at 11AM at South Side Park (Josephine & 21st Streets) on the South Side. The event has lasted this long due to the backing of individuals with a curiosity as to what lies at the top or bottom of the numerous public stairs in the neighborhood.

This year’s event will highlight:

  • Mosaic Steps Public Art Project on Oakley Street Steps
  • Newly signed Church Route
  • Trail through South Side Park connecting to Sterling Street
  • Knoxville Incline Greenway
  • Performances by Steppin Stanzas

The routes will take a tour of the hillsides and spectacular views that distinguish Pittsburgh. The family-friendly event combines photography, historic narrative and a sense of a neighborhood dependent upon steps. Each pre-registered trekker receives a map and a course narrative.

StepTrek is what the trekker makes it. Participants may choose to use this noncompetitive event as a test of fitness or a leisurely stroll. The benefits of a stirring walk through the Slopes have earned this event the heart-healthy rating of the American Heart Association. Special pricing makes the walk an attractive way to experience the city on an autumn afternoon.

The Trek itself is self-guided. The course narrative points out the landmarks and gives a history of the stairs and buildings, counts the steps and also provides instruction as to the route. Arrows along the course provide direction as well.

Proceeds from the StepTrek benefit the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA), an all volunteer organization committed to improving this unique neighborhood and providing a unified voice for slopes residents. Primary areas of focus are public safety, neighborhood development and beautification.

This event also helps to benefit The Brashear Association’s Food Pantry. Please remember to bring a canned food item to help stock the Brashear Association Food Pantry. Top items needed include: Peanut Butter & Jelly Spaghetti Sauce Tuna Cereal Baby Food


Tickets are $13 and available here: https://www.showclix.com/event/StepTrek

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