THE HISTORY OF THE LARIMER CONSENSUS GROUP

The Larimer Consensus Group was formed to bring stakeholders from the Larimer neighborhood together in order to be at the forefront of community-driven change. The LCG works both at the neighborhood and city-wide levels: the LCG’s activities include projects and initiatives that promote vitality and growth within the neighborhood while at the same time working hard to cultivate and maintain partnerships with organizations and individuals in the City to be the voice of Larimer on a municipal level and be a part of making Pittsburgh a “most livable city” for all of its residents. The Larimer Consensus Group general body meetings are held every 1st Thursday of the month at 6pm at the Kingsley Association. Everyone is welcome! Larimer is bordered by East Liberty, Highland Park, Lincoln-Lemington, Homewood, Point Breeze, and Shadyside. Street boundaries include Washington Boulevard to the East, Penn Avenue to the South, East Liberty Boulevard to the South-West, and Negley Run Blvd. The study area for the Larimer Plan contains this area as well as part of East Liberty including East Liberty Gardens and Enright Court

THE LARIMER CONSENSUS GROUP BOARD

Donna Jackson – Chair
Deanna Davis – Vice Chair
Dana Lance – Secretary
Christian Hughes – Parliamentarian
Yusef Ali – Treasurer
Robert Germany – Board Member
Betty Lane – Redd Up Comittee Chair
Carolyn Peeks – Green Team Committee Chair
Diane Darby – Board Member
Kevin B. Wells – Board Member

MISSION

The Larimer Consensus Group is a collaboration of Larimer residents, community organizations, leaders, and other stakeholders whose interests include, but are not limited to: economic growth, sustainable development, greening, affordable housing, and community empowerment. Mission: to empower the Larimer neighborhood to move into sustainable community and economic development via strong communication networks, partnerships, and an open participatory process.

PURPOSE

Provide opportunities for quality housing, promote self-sufficiency of the residents, to improve recreational and human service opportunities, maximize employment and training opportunities and, develop programming specific to the needs of the Larimer community in adherence to the Larimer Vision to action plan

OUR CHARGE

There is an inherent need to make sure that the neighborhood is in a position to take advantage of the resources (i.e., services, proposals) that are being offered, and that a vehicle exists through which the community can best understand and articulate their needs related to these resources. The LCG continues to engage the residents around the Vision plan (not just the Choice Neighborhood Implementation grant) as well as identifies gaps in service delivery that limits the quality of life. LCG works to fills these gaps through program development or existing programmatic resources available. The LCG’s goal is to create multi-generational equity wealth among existing low and moderate income homeowners in Larimer by making their current homes safe and more valuable. A collateral outcome will be to re-energize the neighborhood housing market for new buyers, leading over time to its repopulation by working families with a diversity of incomes

COMMUNITY GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Based on the ongoing work of the LCG, the Vision to Action Plan and the elements of the Choice Neighborhood grant, a set of core community guiding principles have been established and approved by the community in the following areas:

EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Neighborhood attracts new business

  • Local markets are developed to offer fresh foods and household goods
  • Young people learn about work and career opportunities
  • Everyone makes a living wage
  • All businesses follow green principles and practices
  • The community will support local entrepreneurs

EDUCATION

  • All children have access to early education and are prepared for kindergarten

  • Everyone can obtain a post-secondary education
  • Our schools are at or above citywide average of performance standards
  • Residents are educated to be responsible citizens, good neighbors and community stewards
  • There is a high level of financial literacy
  • Our community values lifelong learning; we create and utilize educational opportunities, both formal and informal

HEALTH AND SAFETY

  • We know our neighbors and they all have a sense of belonging
  • People in our community look out for each other
  • We strictly enforce community standards of behavior
  • The community can act in an informed manner, organized on issue that are important
  • The community build its own leaders
  • Leaders stay connected to the community and are accountable to it
  • We vote: our participation is at or better than the city average

HOUSING

  • We know our neighbors and they all have a sense of belonging
  • People in our community look out for each other
  • We strictly enforce community standards of behavior
  • The community can act in an informed manner, organized on issue that are important
  • The community build its own leaders
  • Leaders stay connected to the community and are accountable to it
  • We vote: our participation is at or better than the city average

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

  • We know our neighbors and they all have a sense of belonging
  • People in our community look out for each other
  • We strictly enforce community standards of behavior
  • The community can act in an informed manner, organized on issue that are important
  • The community build its own leaders
  • Leaders stay connected to the community and are accountable to it
  • We vote: our participation is at or better than the city average

PHYSICAL, RECREATIONAL, AND CULTURAL ASSETS

  • Everyone has a safe place to plan
  • People volunteer and participate in organized sports and other activities
  • The community is walkable and people have the ability to safely ride their bikes
  • Our neighborhood is LEED ND certified
  • We have safe streets designed for all users
  • The community has quality edges that create good first impressions
  • Everyone who lives here has access to a park within a ten minute walk