Community Hearing on BRT Bus Shelters Monday 6/27 at 5:30 pm

At last week’s meeting, the Pittsburgh Regional Transit (formerly Port Authority) provided an update on its plans for new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) upgrades. The presentation will be posted soon on the HPCC website. The long and the short of it is that the extension running to Highland Park is no longer part of the short term plan. Long-term they hope to add it, but funding and other constraints has caused them to restrict the initial project to the Downtown-Uptown-Oakland corridors.  The 71A and 71B buses that you catch in the neighborhood will be part of those routes, but we will not see any new stops or shelters in Highland Park until additional funding is obtained and public engagement is conducted.

On Monday 6/27, there will be a Development Activities Hearing about bus shelter designs in the Downtown-Uptown-Oakland corridors.  Use this link to attend:

BRT Shelter Design meeting
Or connect by phone: 1-301-715-8592 using Webinar ID 898 7098 7195

The Neighborhood BBQ Returns Thursday June 23!

The 2019 Spring Fling was the HPCC’s first neighborhood BBQ – and what a success!  Now, after a 2-year, COVID-induced hiatus, the our neighborhood BBQ returns under a new name:The Highland Park Hullabaloo!

Join us this week – Thursday June 23 – at the Rhododendron Shelter on Stanton Ave., 4 – 8 pm, for:

  • Live music!
  • Free food – hot dogs, popcorn, and more!
  • Face painting!
  • Door prizes!  
  • 50/50 raffle! 
  • AND MORE FUN THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE!  

Highland Park Family Shares Hollywood Film Experience

By Diane Averill

It all started with a knock on the door.

A movie company’s location scout asked if the owners of the house would consider allowing their home to be used as a movie set. Thus began, at just about this time last year, a rare experience for Mary and Mac Lynch of Elgin Street.

As the parents of four-year-old twins and a toddler, the Lynches had a lot to consider, but many questions and answers later, they decided to take the plunge. In consultation with an attorney, they reviewed the proffered contract, which specified not only financial compensation but also a detailed list of the changes that would be made both inside and outside the house, all to be reversed at the end of the filming. There was serious concern that the house, built in 1901, might suffer damage.

“With a house this old,” Mac said, “you don’t know what you’ll find when you start removing layers.”

The company was “very up-front,” Mac said, and patient with their questions and concerns.

Movie trucks in the neighborhood (that’s Billy Porter, enjoying coffee from La Scola’s).

Shortly after the contract was signed, an entourage of production workers began to come and go, taking numerous photographs and exhaustive measurements, discussing logistics and equipment placement. Among them was actor, singer and producer Billy Porter, who had agreed to direct the film “Anything’s Possible” (working title, “What If”) when he realized that it would be set in his hometown of Pittsburgh. The Lynches said that he was very friendly, even spending time with them just chatting on the couch.

When it was time to hand the house over, the family headed to the beach for a week, then settled in with Mac’s father at his home nearby. Throughout the month of August, they would occasionally drive past their Elgin Street home, but did not stop, unwilling to impose. An invitation came, however, and the family got a tour of the works.

“Some of the rooms were almost unrecognizable,” Mary said. Curtains, furniture, lighting, wall colors and coverings—all were different.

For the children, Mary said the best part of the day was visiting the commissary truck, where they were welcome to enjoy any of the vast array of snacks.

Once filming was concluded, the Lynches said, it was amazing how quickly the production crew restored the house to its pre-filming condition. They agree that the whole experience was interesting and fun.

“But we wouldn’t want to do it every year,” said Mac.

“Anything’s Possible,” a coming-of-age dramedy, is Porter’s directorial debut and his self-described love letter to Pittsburgh. It will begin streaming on Amazon Prime Video July 22. Watch the trailer and read more about the film in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article.

Provide Input into the Design for the New BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) Stops

At this meeting, the Port Authority will be sharing design plans for the new BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) bus stops, several of which will be located on Highland Ave in Highland Park.  The design must be approved by the Art Commission and the HPCC will be sending them a letter that includes public feedback, so come, see what you think, and have a say in what BRT bus stops will look like!

When: Jun 22, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctcuqurDopHdcC8Ccrl3bWwoJ_CzIEi3VI

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.