6% Place

12 June 2013

A good crowd turned out last Friday to listen to stories from Garfield residents at Catapult’s Show-n-Tell #13: Garfield Edition, co-organized with cityLAB.

The presenters, which included Mark Fairclaugh of the 6% Place advisory committee, Jesse Rommelt of the BUNKERproject, Michael Stanton of Open Hand Ministries, and Jason Sauer of Most Wanted Fine Art, had their presentations and stories recorded by visual note-taker Stephanie Bercht.

And the Garfield Show-n-Tell also got a nice write-up in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette!

Our thanks to all of the presenters and to Lara Schenck at Catapult for letting cityLAB collaborate with her on Show-n-Tell #13. Find out about Catapult’s upcoming Show-n-Tell here.

6 June 2013

Catapult Show-n-Tell #13: Garfield Showcase
Friday, June 7th 2013 at 6 PM
Catapult PGH, 5139 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15224

RSVP for a very special edition of Catapult’s monthly Show-n-Tell, featuring projects and stories from Garfield residents—and how they are helping the neighborhood grow.

The event, co-organized by Catapult and cityLAB, will feature Jason Sauer of Most Wanted Fine Art, Jessie Rommelt of the BUNKERprojects, Mark Fairclaugh of cityLAB’s very own 6% Place committee, and Michael Stanton of Open Hand Ministries.

Show-n-Tell is free and open to the public, and there will be snacks!

See you there tomorrow!

1 April 2013

What’s that item in the back of this month’s Bloomfield-Garfield Bulletin?


Please come to our first workshop for Lessons from the 6% Place on April 25th, 2013 at 6:30 PM at Assemble Gallery in Garfield. Read more about our first session, “Freelancing and the Law,” and our series right here.

1 April 2013

Have you heard the news? cityLAB and the 6% Place Advisory Committee are organizing a night market in Garfield to begin this summer and we are looking for vendors, volunteers, performers, and sponsors.

Read the article from the April issue of the Bloomfield-Garfield Bulletin below and then sign up here if you’re interested in being a part of the Night Market.

20 November 2012

…they all live in Garfield and are a part of the Garfield Freelancers Database!

While cityLAB finishes up door-to-door surveying for the Garfield Creative Census, we’ll keep the online survey open so more people can take it — and be a part of the Freelancers Database too! Take the census here today!

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday,

16 October 2012

cityLAB is pleased to announce the Garfield Creative Census, which will provide a baseline for counting creative workers, dabblers, and hobbyists in the 6% Place and beyond.

Take the Garfield Creative Census here – and opt in to join the Garfield Freelancers Database, which will provide a new way for clients and customers to find local creative businesses. The survey will be open until November 15th.

We’re counting on you!

24 September 2012

On September 20th, the 6% Place Advisory Committee visited a group of artists are who worried they will lose the space they have been working in along Penn Avenue. The advisory committee toured their studio, talked, listened, and offered some strategies for staying put in the future.

Next door there is a company converting engines to run on bio-diesel. All in a days’ work in Garfield.

11 September 2012

The 6% Place is “an innovative path to socially compassionate community change” says Rob Stephany, director of the Heinz Endowments’ community and economic development program. “We want to see vibrant neighborhoods with strong market forces at work and to make sure that low-income people clearly benefit from that vibrancy.”

Read all about the next phase of cityLAB’s 6% Place project in Diana Nelson-Jones’ Walkabout column in today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Image by Flickr user Pat Pilon.

4 September 2012

And now we are getting on with it. With the help of $49,350 awarded to the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation by the Heinz Endowments and the energy of our newly-formed 6% Place committee, we are building the 6% Place.

The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion.

We’re excited. We’re rolling. Watch for updates!

29 August 2012

the first meeting of the 6% place advisory committee

The 6% Place Advisory Committee met for the first time last Wednesday. Made up of creative workers, Garfield residents, and potential neighborhood in-comers, this feisty group will steer the implementation of the 6% Place, including the first-ever Garfield Creative Census, strategizing about the reuse of an empty school in Garfield, and other future projects.

Want to be a part of the committee? Know someone who does? Let us know at info@citylabpgh.org.