"It's not the downtrodden underneath the bridge. ... [T]hese are people who are employed."
Charlotte Paige has spent much of her adult life piecing together jobs to raise her kids and pay the bills. She's worked at Burger King, cleaned office buildings Downtown, and, most recently, was a certified nursing assistant.
For Vickie Stevenson, a single mother living in Allison Park, getting by on SNAP benefits is all about planning ahead. She's received food stamps off and on for the past eight months, and says she struggles during months she doesn't receive them.
The first time Michael Joynt set off on a solo adventure, it was 1,600 miles on a Greyhound from Pittsburgh to New Mexico. That was a trip he took for his 16th birthday, visiting his sister, who was stationed at an Air Force base there.
Amy Gill's food-stamps account is empty ... and it's seven days before it will be replenished. "I'm due for my food stamps at the 9th of the month and I don't have eggs or bread," she says in the waiting area at the Northside Common Ministries food pantry.
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"What really matters are the policies going forward."
Tucked away in Schenley Park, Panther Hollow Lake looks idyllic — at least from a distance. Water inundates it during heavy rainfall, picking up sediment and the runoff from impervious surfaces — roofs, parking lots, and roads — located in neighborhoods upstream.
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In argument about Produce Terminal's future, more than a building is at stake
Pittsburgh City Council is about to decide whether to designate the Strip District's 1,500-foot-long Produce Terminal as a historic structure. It's the kind of debate Pittsburghers love to have: Worrying about preserving the Strip District's authenticity, after all, is among the Strip District's most authentic traditions.
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