PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — One Mount Washington resident is fighting for funds and a facelift for his neighborhood.

“It’s a disgrace up here,” said Patrick Gianella. A life-long resident, Gianella began circulating a petition asking for funds to be made available to fix up the section of Grandview Avenue through Duquesne Heights.

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“The area from the Duquesne Heights Incline to Sweetbriar Street and beyond is a disgrace,” the petition says.

Gianella tells KDKA that a comprehensive study was done in 2005 that proposed repairs for the railings, lightings, intersections, sidewalks and signage.

“You can’t see the city here,” he says, pointing to a section of trees in front of the city’s skyline. “Totally blocked by trees. Overgrown area. It’s been like this — broken fences.”

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KDKA brought his concerns to the city council and Pittsburgh Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith addressed them.

“We need to be uniform across from one end of Grandview to the other,” Kail-Smith said. “And I do agree that the other end of Grandview — because it’s not in the business area — has not received the same attention.”

However, the councilwoman handed a lengthy list over to KDKA with thousands of dollars of repairs — projects both in the works and slated to begin this fall.

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“I think that they need to know that we are doing our best and working really hard to get some of this done,” she said. “And I can show you some of those dollars that we are securing for up there. And I can tell you we are getting things — and doing things — that they have not had before.”

Meghan Schiller