select articles by Mark Kramer

Owner of troubled Valmar Gardens apartments has record of problem properties, unpaid taxes and ‘shell games’ … landlord’s negligence leaves tenants scrambling … PublicSource, January 21, 2019

Treating trauma and society’s ‘collective illness’: Mental health experts rally to provide long-lasting care after Tree of Life shooting … From Charleston, South Carolina, to Overland Park, Kansas, victims of hate crimes offer support … PublicSource, December 26, 2018

Civic Arena construction nearing completion with parked cars and Connelley Trade School on left, Lower Hill District, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, c. 1960 - 1961. (Photo by Charles 'Teenie' Harris/Carnegie Museum of Art/Getty Images)

“When The Arena Came to Town”, Sala Udin is one of the thousands of Lower Hill residents displaced by “urban renewal”; the trauma endures to this day Anthony Bourdain’s Explore Parts Unknown on CNN, October 2017

“The parallel pursuit of Amazon HQ2 and an equitable ‘city for all.’ Can they co-exist?” A concerted and costly effort to attract a tech giant to Pittsburgh raises questions about what kind of development project would in fact be suitable for all PittsburghersPublicSource, October 9, 2017

“Will McKinley Park upgrades improve the struggling park-4843-1Beltzhoover community or leave its longtime residents behind?” Residents in a south Pittsburgh neighborhood see big potential in a park redevelopment project, but who will benefit? …. PublicSource, August 31, 2017

“Portraying an Immortal Life,” Renée Elise Goldsberry, star of Broadway’s Hamilton, takes on a new role as Henrietta Lacks, source of HeLa cells and decades of ground-breaking research …Carnegie Mellon Today, May 2017

image copy_Page_1Community Play-Creation,” Outdoor play is good for children and teens, but it’s even better when they participate in creating the spaces where healthy play happens …h Magazine, 2017 Issue 1

“Nine Mile Run,”  The US Army Corp of Engineers helps redeem a Pittsburgh neighborhood watershed from what was once a Steel City wasteland … geez, Issue 41, Spring 2016