A Dollar A Car Campaign

For a Hill Community Improvement Fund



 


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What is the Dollar A Car Campaign?

 

The Hill District Consensus Group has launched a Campaign for a Community Improvement Fund!


The Lower Hill Parking Lots (including the old Civic Arena site) are owned by the public – you and me – but the Pittsburgh Penguins Corporation collects all the revenue. Everyday, the Pittsburgh Penguins make $14,000 parking cars. We want the Penguins to contribute $1 dollar per car to create a Hill Community Improvement Fund. This would provide approximately $600,000 a year to fund community improvement efforts in our neighborhood.



Public subsidy should equal public benefit!




What will the Community Fund do?

 

At community meetings, residents and organizations discussed many needs a community fund could address:

Transportation
In the Upper and Middle Hill, many residents need transportation to reach the Centre Avenue Business Corridor and throughout the neighborhood. A Community Fund could fund transportation services for residents in need, especially for the elderly.

Home Repair
Resident homeowners could use help maintaining their homes. A Community Fund could provide grants and/or low interest loans. These funds would help with maintenance and home improvement while preventing blight and abandonment.

Image and Identity
Our local neighborhood business and travel corridors are in need of major investment. A Community Fund could provide funds for beautification and marketing along Centre Avenue, Fifth Avenue, and Herron Avenue.


Children and Youth

Our local families with children need safe play spaces and quality after-school and cultural arts programming. A Community Fund could help improve the quality of life for our children and youth.

In addition, such a fund could also help bring to life many of the program ideas presented in the Hill District Master Plan.



How will the Campaign work?

 

One idea is to create a Parking Benefit District within the Lower Hill Redevelopment, similar to a Business Improvement District or Neighborhood Improvement District. Over a dozen major American cities are exploring or have already created Parking Benefit Districts:




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