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    Time to Resign
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  106. Patrick Gallagher
    TIME TO RESIGN
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    Oakland Resident
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  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

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
  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

Letter to Mayor William Peduto
July 7, 2021

The Legal Rape of
The Land of Oakland

Mayor Peduto,

The Legal Rape of The Land of Oakland is neither the headline of a media investigation nor the title of a book. It is a simple statement of the truth resulting from deliberate, shameful actions taken by University of Pittsburgh administrators in their host community.

The Legal Rape of The Land of Oakland by university administrators has not happened in a vacuum. That incalculable tragedy had the support of numerous external enablers.

The Legal Rape of The Land of Oakland is enabled by yourself, City Council, Allegheny County, and State leaders, who have the power to create laws to protect our community but choose to do nothing.

The Legal Rape of The Land of Oakland is enabled by thousands of university faculty members who teach classes, collect their paychecks, return to their houses outside of Oakland, and choose silence.

The Legal Rape of The Land of Oakland is enabled by the journalists whose voices are silenced by the domination of the University of Pittsburgh administrators, and whose investigations of the university are non-existent.

The Legal Rape of The Land of Oakland is enabled, most unfortunately, by our community's Registered Community Organization which refers to the university as "partners."

The Legal Rape of The Land of Oakland is unprecedented. All major universities do tremendous good for their city and community by using their vast educational and research resources to create jobs and economic benefits for all. However, not all universities choose to decimate the business and residential districts of their host communities to achieve that good.

The Legal Rape of The Land of Oakland is very evident in the Forbes and Fifth Avenue business district that once bountifully served the needs of all residents of my generation, from the very young to the very elderly. The business district has since been stripped bare by university administrators of any semblance of what it used to be for the residential community. Today, out of the multitude of businesses, only a single flower shop remains.

The Legal Rape of The Land of Oakland is very evident in the residential neighborhood where streets like South Bouquet, Boundary, and Dawson have lost over 90% of their long-time residents.

The Legal Rape of The Land of Oakland continues in the residential neighborhood with the University of Pittsburgh's recent land grab of houses on Bates Street, thus preventing that property from ever being developed as affordable condominium housing to reestablish a residential community. The houses will soon be demolished. Afterwards, university administrators will arrogantly and flippantly invite everyone to "...visit, use and enjoy this new green space."

The Legal Rape of The Land of Oakland will be on display July 14 as the university presents its massive Institutional Master Plan to City Council. All members of the council are certainly ignorant of the full impact that the plan will have on our community. However, no member has demanded an independent and honest impact study to assess the truth of what that plan will due to the community.

The Legal Rape of The Land of Oakland is only one reason why you became the first incumbent Pittsburgh mayor in 80 years to lose a primary election. You turned your back on the residential community, aligned yourself with the university, and, in the process, diminished your dignity.

The Legal Rape of The Land of Oakland is part of an old consciousness of domination, manipulation, and the instilling of fear. It exists at the University of Pittsburgh because of individuals like yourself who have given their power to university administrators, thus becoming enablers.

The Legal Rape of The Land of Oakland will crumble and end. What choices will you and others make to accelerate that ending?

Carlino Giampolo

Note: A letter to the Oakland Planning and Development Corporation titled "The Legal Rape of The Land of Oakland Continues" is on Link 116.

Note: Additional letters to Mayor William Peduto are on Link 115, Link 113, and Link 112.

 


The Decimation of an
Urban Community – South Oakland

By Carlino Giampolo

September 4, 2018

It is not hyperbole to say that no urban community in America has been as severely impacted by a university's presence as South Oakland has.

The policies of the University of Pittsburgh administrators have affected the residential and business districts of South Oakland in a profound and devastating way. Since 1968, the longtime residential population has declined by approximately 80%. On one residential street, the decline is far greater. South Bouquet Street has declined 98%, from over 200 longtime residents to presently only two, while the student population has increased from about a dozen to nearly 800.

As we will see below, the business district has been similarly decimated.

SOUTH OAKLAND – 1968

(Forbes Avenue & Fifth Avenue from Halket Street to Craig Street;
South Bouquet Street; Oakland Avenue; Atwood Street; Meyran Avenue;
Semple Street; Bates Street)

In 1968, the above eight streets in South Oakland were home to:

16 Family Restaurants (Employing waiters and/or waitresses. Hotels excluded.)
12 Barber Shops
11 Gas Stations & Auto Repair Shops
11 Dry Cleaners and Alteration Shops
9 Beauty Salons
9 Men & Women's Clothing Stores
7 Shoe Stores & Shoe Repair Shops
7 Grocery Stores
3 Flower Shops
3 Bread & Bakery Shops
2 Supermarkets
2 Movie Theaters
2 Hardware Stores
1 Bowling Alley

In addition:

Syria Mosque – Demolished by UPMC in 1991 and property sold to Pitt in 2016.
Forbes Field – Demolished by the University of Pittsburgh in 1971.

16 Family Restaurants – Black Angus Restaurant, Canter's Restaurant, Scotty's Diner, Cicero's Restaurant Lounge, The Clock Restaurant, Gustine's Restaurant, Lasek's, Burnett's Restaurant, Hungarian Village, Bamboo Garden Restaurant, House of Chiang, B & G Restaurant, Lincoln Pancake Kitchen, Home Plate, Joey Diven's Oakland Cafe, Henry Henry Restaurant.
12 Barber Shops – M & J Barber Shop, Chuck's Barber Shop, Guy Cozza Barber Shop, Schenley Barber Shop, Jerry's Barber Shop, Edwards Barber Shop, Jack's Barber Shop, Al's Barber Shop, Tech Barber Shop, Enrico's Barber Shop, Abe Rosenthal Barber, Joe Bellisario's Barber Shop.
11 Gas Stations & Auto Repair Shops – Spohn Amoco Station, Oakland Gulf Service, Stuckert Esso Service, Tamburi's Sunoco Service, Weston's Atlantic Service, Oakland Auto Service, Forbes Field Garage, W & S Auto Repair, Ernie's Auto Body Repair, Peetz Auto Repair, Heglas Auto Body Shop.
11 Dry Cleaners and Alteration Shops – One-Hour Martinizing Cleaners, One Hour Dura Cleaning, Daniel's Cleaners, Crandall McKenzie Dry Cleaners, Art Cleaning and Tailoring, Charley The Tailor, Sam Ross Tuxedo Rental, Cherubin Cleaning Pressing & Alterations, Simeone Tailor Shop, New Oakland Tailor Clothes Cleaning, Mannarino's Alterations.
9 Beauty Salons – Studio de Creste, Starlite Beauty Haven, Claffey's Beauty Shop, Victor's Fifth Avenue Coiffures, House of Heaton Beauty Shop, Violet Touch Beauty Salon, Marcel Beauty Salon, Meyran Avenue Beauty Shop, Rose Marino's Beauty Salon.
9 Men & Women's Clothing Stores – Leonard's Men's Shop, Price's of Oakland, Tweed Shop, Maxine's Womens Clothing, Dorothy's Millinery, Fashion Hosiery Shop, The Men's Sports Wear Pro Shop, Klothes Kloset Used Clothing, Oakland Haberdashery Shop.
7 Shoe Stores & Shoe Repair Shops  –Wally's Shoes, Oakland Star Shoe Store, Atwood Shoe Service Repair, Russo & Son Shoe Repair, Mike's Shoe Service Repair, Oakland Shoe Repairing, Medical Arts Shoe Service.
7 Butcher Shop & Grocery Stores – Dan Snider Butcher Shop, Atwood Grocery, Bellanca's Market, Atwood Oriental Food Store, Modern Food Market, Howard's Market Grocery, Leff's Market.
3 Flower Shops – Georgetson's Flower Shop, Thompson Flower Shop, Gidas Flowers.
3 Bread & Bakery Shops – Cibrone Breads Bakery, Kunst First Class Bakery, Oakland Bakery.
2 Supermarkets – A & P, Giant Eagle.
2 Movie Theaters – Strand Theatre, King's Court Theatre.
2 Five- & Ten-Cent Stores – Autenreith Five & Ten, Forbes 5-10-25 Cent Store.
2 Hardware Stores – DeBroff's Hardware, Oakland Hardware & Toy Company.
1 Bowling Alley – Cicero Strand Lanes.
Syria Mosque – Demolished by UPMC in 1991 and property sold to Pitt in 2016.
Forbes Field – Demolished by the University of Pittsburgh in 1971.

In addition to the above, there was a vast array of establishments that supported an eclectic multi-ethnic residential community, such as children's toys and clothes, fine jewelry, gifts, novelties, electrical appliances, wallpaper, and paint.

Business Establishments in 2018

In 2018, the number of businesses that supported a longtime residential community has declined tremendously. Today, there are no supermarkets, movie theatres, bowling alleys, hardware stores, shoe stores and shoe repair shops, dry cleaners and alteration shops, bread and bakery shops, children's toys and clothes stores, novelties and gift stores, electrical appliances, wallpaper, and paint stores.

The two main streets in South Oakland's business district (Forbes Avenue & Fifth Avenue) now have only seven business establishments, other than restaurants in the categories shown above, that support a longtime residential community: One gas station (Stuckert's Exxon), three barber shops (Supercuts, Sport Clips, Enrico's Hair Cutting for Men), two clothing shops for men and women (Rue 21, Whimsy on Fifth), and one flower shop (Gidas Flowers).

The administrators of the University of Pittsburgh have made conscious choices leading to the decimation of the residential and business districts of South Oakland. What is equally tragic is that Pitt's 5,000 faculty members are silent enablers.

Neither the chancellor and his administrators, nor the university's faculty, can answer this question in a positive manner: When the streets in the heart of our business district are predominantly dormitories, student housing, and university-owned buildings, how can we grow an eclectic, multi-ethnic, longtime residential community?


U Pitt Puppet Master

Every story has two sides. The story of how Oakland’s two largest universities benefit a community has already been told. OaklandDignity.com shows the story of how these universities’ domination, insatiable greed, broken trust and silence are a deadly combination that can slowly lead to the near extinction of that same community; they can control others like puppets on a string. This website focuses on the devastating impact of the University of Pittsburgh on South Oakland, though the impact of Carnegie Mellon University on North Oakland is nearly as devastating. No community in America that hosts universities deserves such an experience.

Panther Hollow, one of Pittsburgh’s first Italian neighborhoods, is located in Oakland. Its longtime residents’ efforts to protect and preserve that sacred legacy are on the website www.SavePantherHollow.com.

Carlino Giampolo


Chancellor Patrick Gallagher Must Resign

What: Gathering in front of the Cathedral of Learning
When: Daily on September 9-13, 2019
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Why: Chancellor Patrick Gallagher Must Resign

We held a similar gathering on February 4-8 earlier this year. A brief explanation as to why the chancellor must resign is below.

To those individuals who support the University of Pittsburgh's never-ending expansion and destruction of Oakland's residential and business districts, and who care very little about what happens to Oakland residents about this social injustice, no explanation will suffice for them to support our efforts. To those individuals who understand this injustice, place a high value on human dignity, and draw courage from their convictions to take action, no explanation is necessary. They will be there in body or spirit.

The domination, manipulation, and instilling of fear by university leaders will only cease when there are no more enablers, puppets, or victims to allow that kind of consciousness to exist.

We are at the pinnacle of a crucial moment in the history of Oakland. The very existence of Oakland as a residential community for our generation and for generations to come will be determined by the actions we take today. Our positive actions of ending the destructive consciousness at the University of Pittsburgh will also greatly benefit other neighborhoods beyond Oakland and throughout Pittsburgh.

Carlino Giampolo

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher Must Resign

February 4–8, 2019

Carlino Giampolo with signs
Photo by Christopher Pasquinelli

University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher took office in 2014. The longtime residential community of Oakland genuinely trusted he would end the destructive policies of his predecessors that decimated the business and residential neighborhoods of Oakland. That trust has been broken.

The chancellor's expansive purchases of properties and support of developers, the recently proposed massive Institutional Master Plan, and the plans to make Oakland an Innovation District are indicative of his choices to further destroy the university's host community.

One such destructive policy is his support of a roadway from Hazelwood Green, through Panther Hollow, and to Pitt. This policy is reminiscent of Chancellor Edward Litchfield who, in 1963, sought to destroy Panther Hollow by building a 21st Century Research Park. Today, in order to make Oakland an Innovation District, Gallagher's support of the roadway will bring massive development that will destroy this historic neighborhood and give him the glory that had eluded Litchfield.

The university's lack of transparency goes well beyond its exemption from the state's Right to Know law, lack of oversight of the university by city, state and federal agencies, and the media's unwillingness to investigate the university's impact on Oakland. Together, these are an elixir for the tragic decimation of the university's host community.

Oakland's generation at the turn of the 20th century never imagined that the university's seemingly innocent move from the North Side to Oakland in 1909 would bring such massive destruction. It is not hyperbole to say that no community in America has ever been more decimated by a university's presence than Oakland.

Next week, every day from noon to 1 p.m., there will be a gathering in front of the Cathedral of Learning to call for the chancellor's resignation. Those who want to participate are most welcome. Anyone who knows about wrongdoing at Pitt can contact District Attorney Stephen Zappala (412) 350-4400 or U.S. Attorney Scott Brady (412) 644-3500.

Communities are destroyed by silent compliance. Accept the responsibility to choose what positive action you will take to end this tragic social injustice.

Carlino Giampolo
February 2, 2019

Additional information is on the websites: www.SavePantherHollow.com  www.PantherHollow.us

P.S. You most likely know the melody to the 1970 song by Steam that goes:
Na Na Na Na / Na Na Na Na / Hey Hey-ey / Goodbye
Join us next week as we adapt the words and joyfully sing:
Na Na Na Na / Na Na Na Na / Galla-gher / Must Resign


Confronting Sexual Harassment and
Hostile Climates in Higher Education

A former University of Pittsburgh professor wrote an essay on sexual harassment and discrimination against people of color in the university's Department of Communication. View the essay at:

The following is just one of numerous comments made about the article:

As a former tenured faculty member in the School of Medicine at Pitt, I can say that the immoral culture extends across campus and beyond sexual harassment and gender-based pay discrimination. In addition to hearing complaints over the years from student, medical residents and fellows regarding sexual harassment, I experienced the pattern of administrative coverup and harassment following my reporting of extensive research misconduct by a male colleague. All effort and expense directed by the administrative “boys’ club” was brought to bear to force my departure and protect the male faculty member, no matter the egregious level of admitted misconduct. Like you, I was able to bring these charges to light because I was tenured and successful in my position. I share so much of the experience you have written about: being dragged through the mud professionally and finally deciding to leave the toxic environment because the retribution would likely never end. I continue to seek correction of this through litigation, but as you correctly state, Pitt has deep pockets and unfortunately local judges who are Pitt Law faculty members. I applaud your efforts to continue to bring light to this toxic, immoral culture.

 

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