If you live in Highland Park or even in the City of Pittsburgh you probably heard about the robbery and shooting of one of Highland Park’s business owners. See article – click here. I must say that when I received word I felt sad, scared and totally vulnerable.
We have been inundated with questions about what happened and questions about Michael’s condition. We have also found that many of our customers just needed to express their concerns and questions about what is happening to our community.
So, now I feel compelled to offer my 2 cents: First, we must realistically look at our culture and our relationship with it. Then look at our relationships with our neighborhoods and how we participate. Hmmm!
We live in the awesome neighborhood – Highland Park- the park, the Zoo, great houses, lots of green spaces, a committed Community Development Corp and Community Council, Fulton, Dilworth, Peabody Schools, St. Andrews, the commitment to re-vitalize Bryant Street by the Highland Park CDC, East Liberty Development and Senator Ferlo, the community gardens on Stanton, Union Project, Open Door, the Nuin Center, and one of the best damn espresso bars in the city. We have a community yard sale, house tour, fall festival, Jazz at the Park, community tutoring, a community listserve, a super playground, an open reservoir, an historic designated district, picnic areas, volleyball courts, tennis courts, bike racing at the Washington Blvd Oval. But most importantly, we have a community who with all its questions and concerns steps up and asks how to help.
I get to have the perspective, through Tazza D’Oro, that there are many more good things happening versus bad things. I challenge the Highland Park listserve and press to report the positive too.
Yep, I am still scared. I don’t know how to protect my employees and my business. I am angry about how our leadership in the City, State and Country doesn’t address issues like poverty, drugs, guns and a gazillion other issues that affect our quality of life. As you can see we are getting into much bigger issues. Vote, Call, Get Involved.
To Michael and his family – we are praying for you.