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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. 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
  98. Moratorium
  99. Letter to Council President
  100. Criminal Investigation
  101. Request to D.A.
  102. Request to Supporters
  103. Goodnight, Malnight
    Time to Resign
  104. Responses for
    Request to Resign
  105. Pitt Quarantine Policy
  106. Patrick Gallagher
    TIME TO RESIGN
  107. Thoughts of an
    Oakland Resident
  108. Unconscionable Pitt Policy
  109. Letter to Dean of Students
  110. Follow-Up Letter to Dean of Students
  111. Criminal & Civil Liability
  112. Path of Dignity or Path of Tragedy
  113. Follow-Up Letter to Mayor William Peduto
  114. Letter to the Editor
  115. A Tragic Practice
  116. Legal Rape Continues
  117. Pitt Refuses To Respond
  118. Requests for Lawsuits Against Pitt
  119. Letter To District Attorney
  120. Pittsburgh City Council Dishonesty
  121. Betrayals, Dishonesty
    & Moral Corruption
  122. It Is a Student Community

It Is a Student Community

The following letter was sent November 21, 2021

By Carlino Giampolo 


Chancellor Patrick Gallagher
University of Pittsburgh

Re: It is a Student Community

(For the past two decades, you and your predecessor have never provided a direct email address. I trust your secretary will forward this to you.)

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher,

"It is a student community." That sentiment about Oakland was expressed numerous times in recent articles in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by Mayor William Peduto, Walnut Capital President Todd Reibord, Oakland Business Improvement District leaders, and others. They unwittingly expressed that truth in a Pitthetic rush to justify the disgraced Oakland Crossings development project.

"It is a student community." When you became chancellor in 2014, I met with you personally and suggested, "Let's create a new beginning for the people of Oakland." You had a choice between beginning the healing process to end the devastation of Oakland's residential and business districts, or continuing the Pitthetic destructive actions of your predecessors. You chose the latter.

"It is a student community." You have always masked, denied, and ignored the inglorious truth. You take no responsibility for the decimation of our residential and business districts, and attempt to pass the shame of your actions on to your enablers. Other leaders at the university emulate your actions. However, your own personal shame, and the Pitthetic shameful legacy that you could have ended for the University of Pittsburgh in its host community, will be with you constantly.

"It is a student community." My grandparents' generation welcomed the university in 1909 because they honestly believed the university would be good for the community. They never imagined the destruction and the Pitthetic Legal Rape of the Land of Oakland that would follow the university's move into our community.

"It is a student community." During my grandparents' generation, and part of mine, Oakland had the most spirited and vibrant residential community in the city, supported by a business district that fulfilled the needs of the residential community. That lifestyle was destroyed by avaricious and glory-seeking university administrators who possessed the destructive consciousness of domination, manipulation, and instilling of fear. You are an integral part of that ongoing Pitthetic university consciousness.

"It is a student community." During the 14 years of our grassroots movement, William Peduto as councilman and mayor, and members of the Pittsburgh City Council, had the power to enact laws to protect Oakland and to stop the uncontrolled, destructive expansion of the university in our residential and business districts. Instead, they chose to be puppets and enablers of the university's policies. The Pitthetic shame of the university has been passed on to each one of them.

"It is a student community." It is well known among Pittsburgh residents that the university has always been a master at manipulating the media. Administrators are silent when negative issues reveal the shame of the university, but they are readily available when something positive arises about the university. Incredibly, throughout the history of the university in Oakland, the media never attempted to investigate the uncontrolled and destructive expansion of the university into our residential and business districts. The university has deftly passed on their Pitthetic shame to the men and women of the media.

"It is a student community." Every university faculty member knows the truth of the decimation of Oakland's residential and business districts due to the university's presence. However, a culture of fear within the university muffles them totally silent about that truth. The Cathedral of Learning has become the Cathedral of Shame for what the university has done to Oakland's residential and business districts. Faculty members are an integral part of the Pitthetic shame of the university.

"It is a student community." The Board of Trustees' members impact the lives of Oakland residents everyday with their decisions. In a further act of the lack of transparency at the university, you refused to provide university email addresses of board members for the community to express their thoughts and feelings to them. Some board members may be clueless as to their impact on our community, while others may choose deliberate ignorance. Regardless, they cannot escape responsibility for their decisions. The Board of Trustees' members are an integral part of the Pitthetic shame of the university.

"It is a student community." The Hazelwood Green foundation owners willingly chose to become involved in the sordid and sleazy world of city politics. They attempted to destroy neighborhoods just to further the expansion of the university in our residential and business districts. Neither the grandiose developments at Hazelwood Green nor the donation of hundreds of millions of dollars for the university's expansion can undo the tarnishing of the names Heinz, Mellon, and Benedum. The Pitthetic shame of the university's presence in Oakland has been passed on to each of the leaders of those foundations.

"It is a student community." Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald fully supports your position to further destroy our residential and business districts simply because of the belief that the university is the economic engine of the city. He values economic profit and glory for the university over the dignity of Oakland residents. His mother-in-law's family lived in Panther Hollow, yet he adamantly wanted to destroy the neighborhood by supporting the building of a roadway through it from Hazelwood Green to your university. The Pitthetic shame of the university has been passed on to him for the lack of caring for the dignity of Oakland residents, especially the elderly, longtime residents.

"It is a student community." Oakland Planning and Development Corporation members are fully aware of the betrayals, dishonesty, and moral corruption of the Oakland Crossings project. Yet they refuse to take legal and bold actions against university administrators, and others, who support that project. Over the years, they have far too often aligned with the administrators in the university expansion plans, against the wishes of many in the Oakland community. The Pitthetic shame of the university has been passed on to each one of them who has allowed the further decimation of our residential and business districts.

"It is a student community." Oakland has the dubious distinction of having the worst environmental litter and trash problems in the city, caused mainly by students who do not care. When a program to end those problems was proposed to you, you refused to support it, even though the cost would have been equivalent to only $4 per student. Many Oakland residents, especially the elderly, longtime residents, died waiting for your support that never came. Would you have made the same decision if your parents or loved ones lived in the community? That's a Pitthetic shame you bear for ignoring the dignity of Oakland residents, especially the elderly, longtime residents.

In the November 17, 2021, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about the BioForge project at Hazelwood Green, you mentioned that Pittsburgh can become the city that heals the world. You had the opportunity to heal Oakland, but you deliberately and tragically failed. Regardless of your accomplishments, that's a Pitthetic shame you will carry forever.

It is well beyond the time for you to resign. It is well beyond the time for the Pitthetic University of Pittsburgh to begin to leave Oakland.

Pitthetic
Noun - a university, organization, government entity, or individual that negatively impacts a community by action or inaction.
Adjective - pathetic as a direct result of a university, organization, government entity, or individual's negative influence.

 
 

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