PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Out of the recent Black Lives Matter protests, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has been promising a plan to address racial disparities in the city.

The mayor revealed a large part that plan, called Avenues of Hope, exclusively to KDKA investigator Andy Sheehan.

The mayor says it’s a communitywide response, involving the city, the foundations and the corporations to bring once-thriving Black business districts back to life.

While Black Lives Matter protesters have focused on police reform, there have been calls to address historic inequities in the city of Pittsburgh.

“Black lives matter when Black communities matter, when we transform these depressed communities of concentrated poverty into mixed income stable communities,” Burgess told KDKA in June.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has said they’ve dubbed it Avenues of Hope.

Along with councilmen Ricky Burgess and Daniel Lavelle, Mayor Peduto says he’ll soon be announcing a plan to make

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Administrators in Anchorage, Alaska, cranked up the volume on their annual back-to-school campaign a few weeks ago when, after scanning district attendance rolls, they realized they were more than 4,000 students off from their projected enrollment.

District leaders appeared on the nightly newscasts and the morning radio shows, they extended in-person registration into the weekend, called parents of kids who were MIA, and then dispatched teachers to start knocking on students’ doors.

For every kid who shows up for class this month and next, the district gets about $10,000 from the state, so a dip that dramatic could ultimately cost tens of millions of dollars and result in widespread layoffs.

“We need to do everything we can to get kids enrolled right now,” said Jim Anderson, the Anchorage district’s chief financial officer. “This is the running of the bulls.”

Across the nation this fall, the coronavirus pandemic

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The city of Portland has allowed three business districts to pool money for enhanced services, such as transportation and extra police, but has failed to conduct even cursory oversight of those districts, according to a city auditor report.

The result is that people living in and using public spaces in those districts can face unequal treatment because of privately funded security services, according to the report. That can create extra hardship for people living outside because the districts pay for extra Portland police officers, private security and an assistant district attorney — and no city officials review if those enhanced security forces are acting within an appropriate scope of duties.

The auditor also said that at least two of the districts are largely controlled by property and business owners, so renters have little say in how the Enhanced Service District in which they live is controlled.

Enhanced Service Districts are

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