A once-vacant lot in Pittsburgh's Hill District is now home to the Ujamaa Collective, a group of black entrepreneurs, artists and artisans, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Saturday was the grand opening of their outdoor market, operating at 2030 Centre Ave. for several weekends in August and September. Eventually, the women hope to buy the lot from the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh and create a place where vendors can sell food and crafts year-round.
The collective was formed two years ago by several local women who believe in Ujamaa, a Swahili word that means "cooperative economics." Their efforts are focused in the Hill District, a historic black community where Centre Avenue has long been a critical artery.Original source: Pittsburgh Post-GazetteRead the full story here.