Latham St. Commons

We are building a resilient and sustainable ecosystem of people working together to address all of the factors affecting access to good health—social support, health care, education, diet, employment, air and water quality.

Friday Feasts with the Night Owl Bakers kicks-off next week.

Friday Feasts are a series of workshops to help our team better understand the current, interconnected “life” problems that many young adults in Pittsburgh face. With so many outside pressures, we believe that in order to change the current landscape, young adults must have an understanding of who they are, and most importantly, where they fit into this new, often confusing narrative. Our goal is to co-create novel learning practices where young adults can experience a fuller and more connected sense of their identity, what they are a part of, and that they are capable of joining the workforce prepared, confident and connected.

We can't thank Bloomfield Garfield Corporation in partnership with Carlow University's, College to Career Pathways Program for supporting our efforts this summer. We can't wait to meet your students and work with them this summer.

A big shout out to New Sun Rising for helping with insurance and advice and all the volunteers helping to run workshops this summer. 

Things get real when:

  1. 18 year olds sign-up for your program with no help from mom.
  2. You have general liability insurance
  3. First aid kit arrives
  4. Compliances (English and Spanish) check! 
  5. Port-a-john arrives.
  6. T-shirt design is in the works.
  7. 8-week plan...ready to be tested and questioned.

Lots of hands make light work.

Thank you to all who came out to help "raise" our innovation pod, paint and build our new vertical planting system. We are humbled by your dedication and willingness to give up a Saturday to help us. 

Exploring alternative "capitals"

Thank you to all the participants who attended our first workshop on exploring news forms of capital. Erica and Alex set the tone by introducing Ethan Rolland's Eight Forms of Capital (financial, social, living, experimental, spiritual, cultural, material, intellectual). Everyone got the chance to created a personal capital map and share back with the group. One participant remarked “This is making me think about how I can live my life differently – but what does it mean to build a better life?”. The evening was filled with great conversations and ideas for building a more connected sense of place. Thanks for a wonderful evening. We will see you soon.



Good Work Forum

We're looking for like-minded social entrepreneurs willing to share their local knowledge so we can work together to build a more resilient and socially responsible urban economic model from the ground up. Come for a participatory workshop about how entrepreneurs can maximize their impact in the local community.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

GBBN Architects, Inc.
5411 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15206

Space is limited.
Please RSVP.

This workshop in partnership with Etsy & Good Work Institute (




Nourished by story.

We spent the morning with Justin Lubecki of Ferment Pittsburgh. Humbling to learn from someone who is using the power of good food and story to breaking down social and cultural barriers.

Nice article if you want to learn about Justin's projects:

Grapple: A new Podcast by Keystone Crossroads.

Our team has embraced a new Podcast called Grapple. "Grapple gives voice to people living and working in distressed communities both big and small. Through personal narratives and long-form storytelling, you'll hear conversations that tell the story of America’s profound economic and social changes — including how distressed communities have changed over time, what they’re grappling with today and how they’re redefining themselves. Grapple’s first season takes you to a series of communities across Pennsylvania that were once vibrant but struggle today. Worth a listen! 

Discarding first, saving second.

Years of memories flooded the common space on Friday—we started the slow process of designing a plan for emptying out all the lockers. Lots of useful items that will need to find there way to new homes. Our goal is to break ground for the community space the week of November 14 but first up...massive garage sale.

People and place matter.

Latham St. Commons focuses on improving the health of all people living in the Garfield and Friendship neighborhoods of Pittsburgh by addressing their social, educational and economic needs. We do this by creating a place where the community can gather to test new ideas and try out new ways of living. All the while, we’re re-connecting a community through relationships—from person to person, person to community, and person to nature.

No matter what we do—from growing micro-greens and educating local teens to forging partnerships with like-minded organizations—we use these fives areas to focus our goals and objectives. Our programming and activities may change over time, but these focus areas will not. 

– People and place: Build vibrant community through inclusion and engagement.
– Education and economics: Cultivate new relationships and business
   opportunities through innovation and hands-on learning.
– Social: Connect neighbors by sharing in-person, online and around town. 
– Nature: Co-design a sustainable eco-system and restore natural capital.
– Health: Nurture and care for people’s health and happiness.