We are people of all ages. We are a loosely connected group of Pittsburgh residents and merchants who are passionate about picking up litter in our neighborhoods. We are involved in the Redd Up Pittsburgh movement.
Active since March 2005, our band of volunteers is making a big impact. Streets, gutters, sidewalks, grassy places and alleys are cleaner. We started in Shadyside, but our reach goes far beyond Walnut Street. What we accomplish here can be replicated in other neighborhoods throughout Pittsburgh.
October 16, 2010: Two busloads of Pitt volunteers descended on the Manchester neighborhood to help with the Fall Redd Up. All major streets and most of the alleyways were cleaned of litter. Two community gardens were cleared and cropped. Two lots filled with chest-high weeds were cleared. Because of this, the neighborhood will now be able to start planning more gardens and greenspace for next spring. One of the few entrances/exits for the neighborhood was completely cleaned of 5 foot tall weeds and litter. FInally, the neighborhood felt that it was great for their children to have young adults/students to look up to. Thanks, Pitt volunteers!
If a picture's worth a thousand words, then we have a lot to say. Check back often, or visit our photo collection for more pictures of litter, and, when things go right, maybe even some glitter.
Do you know of a trouble spot that you'd like to highlight? Snap a picture and mail it to us. Only by identifying the problem can we begin to solve it.
Mr. Litterman looks back and ahead in a recent letter to the editor and wishes well the next generation of litter fighters, who carry on a city tradition that started 100 years ago. Unfortunately, litter is also a city tradition, but one that we can overcome.
Artist Ron Donoughe spent a year painting all 90 Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Those of us that frequent the streets in search of wayward litter might be familiar with some of his subjects. Check out his website and visit his exhibition that is currently running at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside.