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Re: “I was told that there was a wooden street located in Shadyside or Squirrel Hill. Is this true? And if so, what is the history behind it?

Roslyn Place in Pittsburgh's Shadyside neighborhood is a quaint tree lined street with a wooden brick paved street. The houses are Georgian Revival style and in good condition. This street is one of Pittsburgh's many hidden treasures and should be preserved for future generations to enjoy. This little slice of Pittsburgh has the look and feel of many of the streets in Hampstead Garden Suburb in London, UK.

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Posted by schifino2012 on 05/14/2012 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Controversial Pittsburgh Public School Board member Mark Brentley facing three challengers in upcoming primary

I agree with Mark Brentley's assertion that racism prevails on the Pittsburgh Public School Board. Case in point: When Dr. John Thompson was superintendent, he proposed that Bon Air Elementary School, in board member Jean Fink's district 7, be closed as a cost saving measure due to low enrollment at that particular school. Jean Fink made such a hue and cry over the matter that the school remained open with fewer than 1/3 pupils that the school was designed to accommodate. However, when Mark Roosevelt took over as superintendent in 2005, he closed Bon Air Elementary with Jean Fink's blessing. What, does one suppose, could account for the sudden about face of Jean Fink? Overt racism, pure and simple. Jean Fink was the most ardent critic of Dr. John Thompson, an African American, even stooping to the level of criticizing his style of dress. That sort of thing had never happened before. The final insult came when Dr. Thompson was summarily and quite unceremoniously dismissed in 2005. This too, had never happened before. I guess it's just coincidental and has nothing whatever to do with racism, or I'm just being too overly sensitive. NOT!

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Posted by schifino2012 on 02/13/2012 at 1:25 PM

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