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  48. Shadow on the Lawn
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  50. Right-to-Know Law Testimony
  51. University Impact Aid Law
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  53. Nordenberg Must Resign
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  55. Time for New Leadership Message
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  57. Class-Action Lawsuit?
  58. Nordenberg Must Resign Paid Message
  59. Time for A New Beginning
  60. Letter to the Editor
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  62. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
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  64. A New Paradigm
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  66. Symbol of Domination
  67. Revised University Impact Aid Proposal
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  70. Community Objectives
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  77. End The Shame
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  81. March from P.H. to The Run
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  84. 18 Questions
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  88. A Sacred Place
  89. Investigations Needed by Oakland Residential Community
  90. Letter to Council President
  91. March from P.H. to The Run
  92. Lack of Integrity
  93. SOUL Program Implementation
  94. Brookings Institution Study
  95. Robots In Oakland
  96. Fiduciary Duty 
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    Follow-Up
 
Enough Is Enough! Trashed street photo.

[HOME]

  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. March from P.H. to The Run
  82. Decimation of an Urban Community
  83. Public Comments
  84. 18 Questions
  85. Dishonest Public Position
  86. Belief Precedes Experience
  87. City Council Public Comments
  88. A Sacred Place
  89. Investigations Needed by Oakland Residential Community
  90. Letter to Council President
  91. March from P.H. to The Run
  92. Lack of Integrity
  93. SOUL Program Implementation
  94. Brookings Institution Study
  95. Robots In Oakland
  96. Fiduciary Duty 
  97. Fiduciary Duty
    Follow-Up

SOUL Program Implementation

August 25, 2019

Executive Director Wanda Wilson
Oakland Planning and Development Corporation

SOUL Program Implementation

I recently brought to the attention of OPDC the unhealthy, eyesore conditions on South Bouquet Street due to the trash and litter problem. This ongoing problem continues there as well as elsewhere throughout Oakland.

This problem, which has existed for decades, creates a negative perception of Oakland's environment, and the resolution should not be the burden of its longtime residents. The University of Pittsburgh has the resources to end this problem but has refused to take appropriate responsibility for what its students are doing to our neighborhood. The position of university leaders is that the community should start a Neighborhood Improvement District which would have homeowners, including longtime residents, be assessed a fee to fix a problem caused mainly by university students.

In 2009, I offered a solution to this problem, but received no support from Oakland organizations as well as others who are entrusted to protect our neighborhood. That solution is the SOUL Program, of which a brief summary is on the website www.OaklandDignity.com, Link 10.

University administrators have refused all efforts to support the program, dating back to the tenure of Chancellor Mark Nordenburg to the current administration of Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. My first letter to Chancellor Nordenburg about this problem was in 1997. The yearly cost of the SOUL Program to the university would be the equivalent of only $4 from a student's tuition fee. Pitt's tuition has increased over the years to where it once had the dubious distinction of having the highest in-state tuition in the country for a public university, yet university administrators continued to refuse to provide any financial support for the program.

Another way to assess the cost of this program to the university is the monthly rental revenue it receives at the Bouquet Gardens dormitory. The dormitory has 172 units:

  • 136 (4-bedroom units) [the university received an exemption that allows it to have 4 unrelated persons in a unit]
  • 35 (3-bedroom units)
  • 1 (2-bedroom unit)

I asked a student what he pays for rent and he replied that he pays a fee of $4,500 from mid-August to mid-December. That equates to a monthly rental cost of approximately $1,100.

Thus, the university's total monthly rental revenue from Bouquet Gardens is $715,100 or $2.8 million dollars a semester. The monthly amount alone would fund the SOUL Program for 6 years. (Incidentally, the Bouquet Gardens site was once residential homes, locally-owned businesses, and a church. The university persuaded the state to invoke eminent domain with the stipulation that only university-owned buildings could be there.)

The focus of ending the litter and trash problem should not be solely on the money that this billion-dollar institution has at its disposal, but rather on ending the dominating consciousness this university has had over our community. That change must begin with all of those people and organizations that allow the university to dictate how the residents of Oakland should live.

If Oakland organization leaders have another solution that goes beyond the SOUL Program, then steps should be taken immediately to implement that solution and end the shameful litter and trash problems in Oakland. Otherwise, those organizations should now unite and speak with one voice to support the SOUL Program.

Carlino Giampolo
August 25, 2019

 

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