Renewal & Reality: Why Not Wilkinsburg?

With a thriving main street, dozens of churches, and a prosperous middle class, Wilkinsburg was once among Pittsburgh's most popular suburbs. But changing times, a failing economy and crime damaged the borough and its citizens. Wilkinsburg is among many local communities fighting to come back – but it faces unique challenges. Neighboring districts have refused to partner with Wilkinsburg’s troubled high school. A referendum to bring liquor licenses into the long-dry borough has passed, but has also raised concerns. The borough’s revival attempts haven’t earned the same media attention as other turnaround neighborhoods like Braddock, East Liberty and Lawrenceville, so they’re fighting to tell their story. Economic development and the spirit of rediscovery are giving many neighborhoods a second chance. So - why not Wilkinsburg?

Renewal & Reality: Why Not Wilkinsburg? aired on Nov 05, 2015.


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Series: Specials

Original airdate: May 19, 2011


This one-hour special explores the controversial issue of Marcellus  Shale drilling in the Pittsburgh region. Hosted by Chris Moore, the  program features guest panelists who are experts on various issues  related to Marcellus Shale drilling. Tonia Caruso will field questions  submitted through WQED's web site and Facebook page and present them to  the panel.

Original airdate: Mar 31, 2011


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Original airdate: Nov 18, 2010


Western Pennsylvania is sitting on what seems like an endless source of natural gas. The drilling promises jobs to a struggling economy, but at what cost? Environmental groups fear the drilling is a disaster waiting to happen and some homeowners say the process has already contaminated their drinking water.

Original airdate: Nov 04, 2010


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