In life and on stage with his Gibson Super 400 guitar, Jimmy Ponder was a force of nature because he blew people away. From the Hill District, to Manhattan, to Atlanta and beyond, he epitomized the Pittsburgh jazz guitar legacy. He died Sept. 16 after battling cancer for more than a year. He was 67.
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LOUIS ‘HOP’ KENDRICK I went to Strong’s Cleaners on Frankstown Avenue to pick up my clothes and a conversation took place about the renovation of Homewood and I responded by stating it would be long range. Eric Strong the owner replied, “If it’s long range then those of us who are in business currently will be gone.”
C. MATTHEW HAWKINS It feels like Deja Vu: B-PEP is calling for a moratorium on the demolition of housing in low-income neighborhoods and Bill Peduto, the likely next mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, wants the city to have more arrows in its quiver, for urban development, than simply demolishing abandoned properties. Actually this question of whether to re-hab or demolish housing has been a point of controversy for at least 30 years.