Hill District

Duquesne launches August Wilson Fellowship program

Duquesne launches August Wilson Fellowship program

Liza Zulick | Staff Writer 10/04/2018 A $5 million fundraising effort, led by actor Denzel Washington, took place on Sept. 26 at the August Wilson House in the Hill District. Efforts were organized for the renovation of the playwright’s childhood home. Duquesne University President Ken Gormley joined Washington in a groundblessing ceremony before the celebration […]

Honors College celebrates August Wilson’s birth

Honors College celebrates August Wilson’s birth

Claudia Hardy | Staff Writer 04/26/2018 This year would mark two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s 73rd birthday, and Pittsburgh’s legendary Hill District cannot wait to celebrate. Wilson was a famed African-American playwright who was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. One of his most famous works, Fences, earned him his first Pulitzer Prize and […]

New fellowship created in the spirit of August Wilson

New fellowship created in the spirit of August Wilson

Sairah Aslam | Staff Writer 02/15/18 Duquesne University is honoring one of the Hill District’s enduring legacies, August Wilson. The university announced it will be creating a new August Wilson House Fellowship, bolstering the university’s reputation as a prominent contributor to the arts and culture in the Pittsburgh community and across the country. For about […]

Hill District’s Black History

Hill District’s Black History

Madeline Bartos | Staff Writer 02/08/2018 CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly states that The August Wilson Center is owned by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. It has been updated to rectify this mistake. From the 1920s to 1940s, the Hill District was a place of thriving culture, producing some of the highest literature, […]

“No justice, no pizza.” Pressure increases on Pizza Milano after violent video.

“No justice, no pizza.” Pressure increases on Pizza Milano after violent video.

Raymond Arke | News Editor UPDATE 08/22/18: According to multiple media reports, Mahmut Yilmaz was found not guilty of simple assault and aggravated assault on August 15. UPDATE 01/16/18: According to a Pizza Milano statement published by CBS Pittsburgh (KDKA), the owner of Pizza Milano, Semsi Yilmaz (no relation, said that Mahmut Yilmaz had be […]

Hill District students conduct drug research with help from DU students, alumni

Hill District students conduct drug research with help from DU students, alumni

By Brandon Addeo | News Editor Nine high school students from the Hill District are completing a five week drug research course this summer at the Citizen Science Lab on Bedford Avenue. The lab, which was jointly founded by Duquesne and economic development nonprofit Urban Innovation21 in 2014, will offer the course — titled Drug […]

DU gives back with annual spring cleanup

DU gives back with annual spring cleanup

  By Gigi Jeddi | The Duquesne Duke Since it was founded almost 30 years ago by a Catholic nun named Bernadette Campbell, Duquesne’s annual Spring Clean-Up has served as an opportunity for the university to connect with its neighboring communities. Kate Lecci of Duquesne’s campus ministry office is in charge of this year’s event, […]

Students organize Hill District museum

Students organize Hill District museum

By Sydnie Pennington | The Duquesne Duke Duquesne graduate students helped to create a one-weekend-only “pop-up” museum in the Hill District last Saturday and Sunday to help residents there tell stories about the community’s past. Public history students from the class of Professor Alima Bucciantini planned and curated the display, which they titled “Our Hill, […]

Battle over housing delays Civic Arena lot overhaul

Battle over housing delays Civic Arena lot overhaul

By Pat Higgins | Asst. Sports Editor It was a failure to secure federal grant money from the Department of Transportation last September that first threw a hitch in the Lower Hill Redevelopment Project where the Civic Arena once stood. As the Oct. 31 option agreement deadline for the redevelopment of the 28-acre site in […]

Hill District celebrates first grocery store in 30 years

Hill District celebrates first grocery store in 30 years

By Brittney Jackson | The Duquesne Duke The Hill District began the celebration of its first grocery store in nearly 30 years on Saturday with a community party in Centre Heldman Plaza. Hill District residents celebrated by coming together to buy food from vendors, get their faces painted and explore the new Shop ’n Save, […]