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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. A New Paradigm
  65. In Memoriam: Robert "Bob" Casciato
  66. Symbol of Domination
  67. Revised University Impact Aid Proposal
  68. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  69. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  70. Community Objectives
  71. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  72. City Planning Commission Testimonies
  73. Letter to Chancellor Patrick Gallagher
  74. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  75. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  76. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  77. End The Shame
  78. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  79. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  80. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  81. Decimation of an Urban Community
  82. Syndicate
  83. 18 Questions
  84. Dishonest Public Position

Symbol of Domination

City Council Testimony – March 5, 2014

Seven years ago this month marked the beginning of our grassroots movement. On numerous occasions we have brought to your attention the domination that the University of Pittsburgh exercises over the community of Oakland. We have asked that you deviate from your compliant relationship with the University in order to assist the community in creating a new beginning.

We would like to talk again about the University’s domination. Instead of discussing its domination over the community, today is to discuss the University’s domination over this council and our city government. Although the domination is pervasive, today we will focus on the domination over one street in our community and how it is analogous to the University’s greater domination.

Joncaire Street leads from South Bouquet Street at the top down to Boundary Street at the bottom. It became famous in 1935 when Babe Ruth hit his final homerun over the right field roof at Forbes Field, and the ball landed on Joncaire Street. A young resident of Boundary Street, Henry “Wiggy” DeOrio, retrieved the ball and donated it to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. At that time, 98% of individuals who used the sidewalk on this street were longtime residents, and 2% were affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh. Today, because of the University’s never-ending expansion, these figures are reversed.

Along the hillside sidewalk, the University of Pittsburgh owns property from the top of Joncaire Street down to the third telephone pole. The city of Pittsburgh owns the remaining property, from the third telephone pole to the bottom of the street. The University also owns a parking lot at the bottom of the street with over 100 parking stalls. In addition, there is a similarly sized private parking lot nearby that accommodates mostly University of Pittsburgh students, faculty, and staff.

This sidewalk use makes it predominately a “University” sidewalk.

However, when it snows the University has chosen to clear the sidewalk only down to the third telephone pole. The University defiantly refuses to clean even one foot beyond its property line, even though it would take a University snow removal maintenance worker only a few minutes to continue down the sidewalk and complete the cleaning. This arrogant University decision is not only embarrassing to city leadership by forcing the city of Pittsburgh to remove snow from the remainder of the sidewalk, but it results in a waste of taxpayers’ money.

That action, symbolic of the University’s attitude toward the surrounding community, is more baffling because in the last seven years this city council has never passed legislation that conflicted with the desires of the University of Pittsburgh. It is time for a paradigm shift. For that to occur, the change must first begin within each one of you. In the near future, our community will again give you an opportunity to pass legislation that will be unsupported by Chancellor Mark Nordenberg and his administration. This will be in the form of a proposed University Impact Aid law whereby universities would be required to provide financial assistance to the communities their presence impacts.

The benevolence of longtime resident Henry DeOrio is a sharp contrast to the self-centered actions of University administrators. Years ago, I asked Councilman Bruce Kraus, “Why doesn’t the University of Pittsburgh do more for the community of Oakland?” His response was, “You can’t force people to care.” While that may be true, what this council can do is pass legislation indicating that the days of University domination over the community of Oakland and the city of Pittsburgh government are coming to an end.

Carlino Giampolo

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