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Petition to Urban Redevelopment Authority, City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office, Allegheny City Central Association, Mexican War Streets Society, R. Daniel Lavelle, Darlene Harris

Citizens Against the Demolition of 4, 6, and 8 West North Ave

Please sign this Petition to take a stand against the demolition of 4, 6, and 8 West North Avenue. Our community's history and architecture is what makes our community unique. That history is worth fighting for and is not worth destroying in a short-sighted bid for a quick fix. This is not a binary choice between preservation and development. We can work together as a community to develop this block AND preserve these historically significant structures. We cannot give in to the siren sound of short-sightedness and quick fixes. If demolition of these buildings occurs, their historical significance will be lost forever with little to nothing gained. This Petition is being circulated to send a loud and clear message to the ACCA, URA, and City of Pittsburgh that our community supports development of the Garden Theater Block that preserves our history and opposes demolition that will result in the irreparable destruction of our history. On the evening of March 12, 2018, a small number of the more than 3,000 residents of the Mexican War Streets and broader Central Northside voted in favor of a motion for the Allegheny City Central Association ("ACCA") to take a formal position in support of the demolition of 4, 6, and 8 West North Avenue. The small number of citizens who voted in favor of advocating demolition is not representative of the more than 3,000 residents of the Mexican War Streets and broader Central Northside.  What was abundantly clear from the discussion at this meeting in advance of the vote is that ACCA has no plan whatsoever for what will happen after the proposed demolition of the buildings in question. In essence, the the argument that emerged from the ACCA Executive Board during the meeting is they supported this motion to try to make something happen whatever that may be. There is literally no plan what comes after the destruction of these historically significant portions of our community. What also emerged from this meeting is that the URA continues to work with Trek to try to develop feasible plans for the preservation of these buildings and development of the block. The URA has not taken a position in support of demolition. Furthermore, no other signatory or consulting party to the MOU governing the development of the Garden Theater Block has taken a position in support of demolition. Chuck Alcorn (representative of the URA) explained during the meeting that the URA is working on plans for preservation and the budgeting necessary to close the existing funding gap for such a project. He further explained that even if demolition of 4, 6, and 8 West North Avenue occurs, there will still be a funding gap in the path toward development. Regardless of whether the buildings are preserved or demolition occurs, there will still be a funding gap--rendering demolition nonsensical, short-sighted, and utterly pointless. The three buildings in question should be preserved for future generations because of their historical significance to the history of our City: 8 West North Avenue: The building now known as 8 West North Avenue served as an academic building for three different institutions of higher education in the late 1800's and early 1900's--the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, the Western University (University of Pittsburgh), and the Park Institute. The building was owned by the Reformed Presbyterian Church for a period of several decades. This building served as one of the academic buildings for the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. After the academic building of the Western University (University of Pittsburgh) in downtown Pittsburgh burned down in a fire in 1882, the Western University was relocated to two buildings on the Northside, one of which was 204 North Avenue (today 8 West North Avenue) and was operated out of those buildings for several years. Shortly after the Western University relocated to 204 North Avenue, a controversy ensued because the State Legislature proposed giving the land where the Western Penitentiary was located (currently part of the park today) to Western University to expand its presence in the Northside. Ultimately, opposition to giving the land to the Western University prevailed and the university relocated to Observatory Hill after several years in the Northside. Once the Western University relocated, the Park Institute began to operate classes out of this building. In essence, the Park Institute was a preparatory school that prepared students for pursuing higher education at colleges and universities. One of the Park Institute's early students who attended classes in this building went on to become the very first African American graduate of the Western University (University of Pittsburgh). The Park Institute operated for several decades on the Northside. 6 West North Avenue:  The building currently located at 6 West North Avenue is a beautiful row house similar in architectural style to many of the row houses that are located in the Mexican War Streets. 4 West North Avenue: The building currently located at 4 West North Avenue was the home of Sarah J. Carson-a strong, independent First Wave Feminist of Allegheny City who bucked against the patriarchy years before women even had the right to vote. Despite the onerous legal restrictions placed on women's rights at the time, Ms. Carson was a business woman who financially supported herself without the assistance of any man by running a hotel in Allegheny City. Her level of independence was groundbreaking given the legal restrictions placed on women at the time. In the early 1900's, she became embroiled in an extensive legal battle with her husband over the ownership of a certain property in Allegheny City. The case was ultimately appealed to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, where she succeeded in obtaining a favorable decision finding that she-and not her husband-had the sole legal right to own the property in question. Ms. Carson pursued legal status of "femme sole trader" in the courts-which at the time allowed a married woman to engage in business and financial transactions independently of her husband. Eventually, she pursued legal divorce from her husband long, long before women became empowered to leave their marriages if they chose to do so. The litigation before the Supreme Court, divorce, and disputes with her husband were the subject of news articles of the time. In her younger years, Ms. Carson also served as a nurse in the Civil War. Ms. Carson lived in the building currently located at 4 West North Avenue until she died at home in 1914.

Steven Winslow
598 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Hulu, Netflix, The CW, CBS

Save The Librarians by picking it up

If you're like me, you love TNT's smash hit The Librarians but you probably also heard the recent news about the untimely cancellation. However, much as the Librarians have saved the Library multiple times before on the show, so too can we save the Library from a Doylist perspective by helping move it to another network. Below are six reasons why the show deserves to be saved 1. It's optimistic: Due in part probably to the massive success of stuff like Game Of Thrones, it seems like everybody and their brother (even in previously optimistic franchises like the DCU and Star Trek) is deciding to go dark and edgy and, well, this Tumblr post says it best writers: how are we gonna top ourselves! we got tons of exciting stuff in store!! at least eleven big bads this season!!!! whos gonna survive who won’t????!! 3 love triangles and 2 quadrangles!!!!  me: I’ll Pay You 5$ To Let The Characters Just Simply Talk To Each Other For Once While I admit The Librarians might somewhat be guilty of as much of that as can fit in a ten-episode season (and I respect what of that wasn't just done for shock value because it all had its narrative purpose), I still want the kind of show where Big Bads can be defeated by singing or the literal power of friendship and it still be a show meant for adults or that can have lines like "Please don't fangirl over the archvillain". It's a welcome breath of fresh air and deserves to stay that way 2. It's diverse: Some people might see this as a bit of a millennial snowflake reason but I think representation really matters and this show has that in spades. Sure, it only has one series regular of color but representation is about more than race for it also has a canonically neurodivergent queer woman (and if TNT cancels this show because of Cassandra's queerness like I heard rumored, it'd brand them homophobes and completely hurt their brand given the state of internet politics and this show's steadfast fandom) and the first "vaguely-autistic-coded-loner-genius-who-fights-crime-with-a-found-family" I've seen who's a humanities genius instead of yet another genius scientist or cold reader/observer, which, as an autistic art history major (who can therefore relate to two of the main characters on the show if not three), makes me very very happy 3. It's geeky and nerdy: It's often the case that when making a show that's intended to appeal to the intellectually-inclined, the writers kinda bullshit the science and make it quasi-not-accurate-but-sounding-science-y-enough-to-seem-accurate and throw in a bunch of geeky references to stuff like Star Trek to appease the kind of people who'd get offended at the scientific inaccuracy (yes, I am vagueing about what you think I am). However, though we can give it a bit of leeway due to the fantasy nature of the show, The Librarians generally gets the actual science it uses pretty darned accurate. It isn't just nerdy that way though, featuring a lot of neat facts and references (and some things that for all I know are facts and are just being covered up if you know what I mean) relating to everything from history to art to literature to mythology (subjects that shows don't often show as "nerdy"). It does include its fair share of geeky pop culture references (to such things as Star Trek, Doctor Who and Back To The Future) but it does it in a tasteful way 4. It's rather unexpectedly inspirational/powerful: This doesn't just include the various episodes' positive morals (ranging from "true love can transcend time" to "life with no consequences would be absolute crap" to "true friends put each other before their own success" and that's just in season 2) but also it's powerful in how it values intelligence. A lot of kids who'd perhaps otherwise grow up thinking their lack of a magical childhood or ancient prophecy concerning them or whatever means they can't be a hero like they read about would be inspired to perhaps pursue careers in fields similar to the many expertises of the Librarians because theirs is a kind of chosen-one-ness where you don't have to have non-human parents or whatever to potentially be a hero like them, just be super hecka smart 5. It means a lot to me as an Oregonian: Anyone else getting sick of crime shows all seemingly set in either LA or New York City and sitcoms that aren't set there set in some podunk middle America town that might not even exist in the real world? Well, for those that want a breath of fresh air, The Librarians not only offers fantastical flights of fancy but is set all over the world though the team is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Despite the globe-trotting settings, a lot of the show is actually also filmed in Oregon which gives a significant boost (both in tourism/economy stuff and the recognition factor/the feeling that for all we know the show's just plausible deniability for an actual squad of weirdness-hunters on Portlanders' proverbial doorstep) to an area that might not otherwise get it for it's the only Oregon-filmed show I know of that's still on the air since the recent cancellation of Grimm  6. The opportunities provided by moving to another network: I have repeatedly queried (and I am not the only fan who has) about if the show could ever have seasons longer than 10 or 12 episodes (because of how many story possibilities that could open) and heard it was TNT policy that it couldn't. Well, if it moves away from TNT, TNT policy no longer applies so we could, who knows, even get 20-something episode seasons. Also, it wouldn't even have to matter that Noah Wyle's got another thing because he was able to "be in two places at once" during the first season or two and the events of the fourth season probably means that future seasons would have him and Eve taking a backseat to the trio which might mean a golden opportunity for some new blood along with the new network (like more diversity like fans have been clamoring for) In conclusion, just as the Guardian was the one to save the Library/Librarians so many times on the show, so it is that I, who have come to think of myself as the fandom Guardian to some extent, now hope to lead the charge to save The Librarians. But just as she needed the rest of the team, so too do I need all of you   

Freya Ruehr
1,133 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to The NY State legislature, Andrew Cuomo

Return the Cuomo Bridge its original name: The Tappan Zee. That bridge is our history.

UPDATE: A fundraiser was started on December 1, 2017 to support this cause that has already raised over $8,800 from over 300 individuals making small donations to fund a full-blown advertising campaign. We have also recently started a Fundraiser here on as well.  We are now officially Save Our Tappan Zee, Inc., a NY not-for-profit corporation. You can choose to support us via the fundraiser here, or you can read more and also consider supporting us at and ORIGINAL PETITION STORY: In the summer of 2017, the N.Y. State Legislature voted to rename the famous and now rebuilt Tappan Zee Bridge (named for the Tappan Indians and the Dutch) after former NY governor Mario Cuomo.  While Mr. Cuomo may be deserving of something named after him, it should not be at the expense of history, and the original settlers of our land: the Tappan Indians and the Dutch.  And certainly not at taxpayer expense.  The name Tappan Zee has no politics associated with it.  And it properly recognizes the true founders of this land: the Tappan Indians and the Dutch. Plus, it sounds cool to say, “I’m taking the Tappan Zee.”  It does not sound cool to say, “I’m taking the Cuomo.”  Come on people!   Most importantly, we should not recognize the contributions of one in history by destroying a memorial to another.  Out of curiosity, why didn't the tax payers have a direct vote since we are the ones who ultimately paid for it, and will through toll taxes?  Didn’t a large part of the funding come from a FEDERAL grant? That is OUR bridge. America’s bridge. New York’s bridge. Last I checked, Mario Cuomo and his family did not personally contribute hundreds of millions to its construction... It is time for Albany to do the right thing: bring back the former name of the Tappan Zee Bridge. We want our bridge’s name back. In less than one week, I have amassed more than 27,000 names to my petition to return the Indian & Dutch name to the Tappan Zee Bridge. We are furious that the state legislature voted to rename OUR bridge the Cuomo Bridge in the dead of night without any input from the public. In 2008, the famous and historic Triborough Bridge was renamed the RFK. Now the famous and historic Tappan Zee is the Cuomo. What’s next? The GW? The Golden Gate? The Grand Canyon? Politicians should not be able to do this unilaterally. Why aren’t these national landmarks? I know the Journal News has a section devoted specifically to news of the bridge once known as the Tappan Zee Bridge. Isn’t it ironic, that even THEY still call it the Tappan Zee? But not for long. Sure, our older generations may continue calling it the Tappan Zee, but Generation Z? Soon all signs will be changed. In 30 years, the Indian and Dutch heritage that inspired the naming of the bridge will be gone. And for what? For someone who had NOTHING to do with EITHER bridge and provided ZERO personal funding for the bridge. Governor Cuomo states that because it's a new bridge, it deserves a new name.  But that conflicts again with history.  England's London Bridge was destroyed four times and each time, it was rebuilt anew, but the name never changed.  Why?  History.  Place.  Tradition.  Florida's Cape Canaveral was renamed Cape Kennedy only to see its original name returned a few years later.  Why?  History.  Place.  Tradition.  The same should and can happen here.   I hope you will join our collective outrage. We want our bridge back. Immediately.  Sincerely, -Dr. Monroe Mann, PhD, Esq, MBA P.S. - the original bridge was called the Governor Malcolm Wilson–Tappan Zee Bridge, known commonly as the Tappan Zee. So why can’t the new one be called the Governors Cuomo/Wilson—Tappan Zee Bridge?  In this way, we recognize Cuomo while not destroying the bridge’s true namesake. Why shouldn’t this happen?  The answer: there is NO reason. It should happen immediately, at very minimum. At best, it should just be the Tappan Zee Bridge. MEDIA COVERAGE TO DATE INCLUDES:(Links coming soon.  In meantime, just search Google or Bing)* Front page of the NY Post* Editorial endorsing the petition in the NY Post* The Journal News (multiple articles, including an amazing one sharing the breathtaking contributions of the Tappan Indians on our nation)* CBS 2 TV* Spectrum TV NY* Fios TV NY* The NY Daily News* Hamodia* Pix 11 News** Tarrytown Patch* The Los Angeles Times* The New York Times* The Yeshiva World* NY1* WestFair Online* NewsDay* News 12 Westchester UPDATE: A fundraiser was started on December 1, 2017 to support this cause that has already raised over $4,500 from nearly 200 individuals making small donations. You can read more and also consider supporting us at

Monroe Mann
107,445 supporters