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How Can You Help Brookline Businesses? Ideas Welcome at Upcoming Meeting

Residents are invited to a Feb. 11 meeting to share ideas for supporting Brookline Boulevard businesses during reconstruction.

Brookline residents are invited to a Feb. 11 meeting to share ideas for promoting and supporting one of Brookline’s greatest assets—it’s small businesses.

The Boulevard Reconstruction Project is scheduled to begin this spring and last through the fall, and prolonged construction could put local businesses at a disadvantage.

Brookline Chamber of Commerce members stressed that supporting a “shop local” campaign could be vital to helping small businesses survive, especially when construction is happening right outside their doors.

The meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. at St. Marks Lutheran Church on Brookline Boulevard, is intended for residents to discuss ways to promote and support local businesses while the project is underway.

Members of the Brookline Chamber of Commerce said this meeting is not intended to talk about what the business owners should do, or how the business owners should improve.

Rather, the purpose is to discuss what the community can do to help the business owners. The goal is to work out a “reconstruction readiness” plan that will lessen the negative impact of construction on local businesses.

If you’re going:

  • What: Reconstruction Readiness Plan for supporting Brookline Boulevard businesses.
  • Where: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Brookline Boulevard.
  • When: Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.

Editor’s note: Design plans for the project have been finalized, so suggestions regarding physical improvements or additions to the boulevard will not be taken. The plans are available at City of Pittsburgh Federal Projects website.


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Ruth Martin January 30, 2013 at 01:17 PM
There are two times listed in this article - 5:00 and 6:00. Please clarify
Erin Faulk January 30, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Good catch—the meeting is at 6 p.m. The article has been corrected.
David January 30, 2013 at 08:47 PM
(The 5:00 o'clock time is for the ones that are always late for a meeting.) A) The City of Pittsburgh is in the best position to help the businesses with tax breaks and a safer environment. (PS Thank You Mayor Luke for upgrading the blvd.!) B) The businesses should help one another. This may not make sense but the Brookline outdoor food stands are not in competition but actually are helping one another by their existence. Together they have created for the public an exciting place to go to grab a bite to eat. C) Another thought is …Why not advertise other Brookline businesses from a Brookline business? Support one another….the more people that shop in Brookline the more likely that they will visit other businesses in the area. Create “The Brookline Flyer” <just for the blvd. businesses.

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