In reference to Carlino Giampolo's July 7 letter ("Step Down Sooner"), the University of Pittsburgh's record speaks for itself. Pitt is an integral part of the Oakland community, and under Chancellor Mark Nordenberg's administration has been and continues to be extremely engaged with Oakland community groups and residents.
With well-established lines of communication and proactive efforts in collaboration with community partners, Pitt has addressed and mitigated many of the challenges that arise within any neighborhood that houses students from multiple universities. As just two examples of addressing the littering concerns raised by Mr. Giampolo, for the past many years, Pitt has financially supported Oakland Planning and Development Corp.'s Keep It Clean Oakland project that utilizes Pitt student volunteers to adopt more than 30 neighborhood blocks to clean up throughout Oakland through the Adopt-a-Block program. The Oakland Business Improvement District, another important partner that receives significant support from the university, takes similar care of the Forbes and Fifth Avenue business district.
In his narrative, Mr. Giampolo implies that he speaks for the Oakland community, but the facts completely contradict that assertion.
PAUL A. SUPOWITZ
Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations
University of Pittsburgh