The Deutschtown Merchants Association or DMA (formerly the “East Allegheny Revitalization Corporation”) was re-activated in 2008 in response to the growing interest in our business district. There had been an influx of new businesses with broader residential appeal and a “rediscovery” of the Deutschtown as a premier (and still affordable) residential location.
These new businesses included art galleries, banks, restaurants, a bakery, and our first national retail operations – a Rita’s Ice and a Cricket store. These further rounded out the “walkable district” which allows a resident to obtain most of his or her needs – from healthcare to wine and spirits.
The list of the many businesses (over 100) is on this site with members highlighted.
The DMA members meet regularly to advance the basic purpose of making the business district a better place for owners and residents. The purposes listed below are from its Bylaws:
Section 1. Purposes and Objectives
The purposes and objectives of this corporation shall be exclusively the betterment of the Historic Deutschtown neighborhood through the improvement, development and attraction of desirable businesses in the principal business district of East Ohio street and surrounding streets. This includes the following:
a. To encourage public safety – including seeking the enforcement of ordinances concerning “quality of life issues”. This includes the establishment of a relationship with zone one to report problems and seek solutions.
b. To market, promote and garner favorable public relations for the district
c. To improve the physical appearance and texture of the business district including dealing with graffiti, trash, building appearances, building code violations, sidewalk selling, parking, noise, sidewalk condition, negative activities on East Ohio Street and in the nearby non-commercial areas .
To determine applicable zoning, nuisance and other enforcement levers and the appropriate governmental agencies for enforcement and to establish method of obtaining enforcement and communicate with agencies charged with enforcement.
The goals concerning physical appearance includes controlling the bidding and letting of contracts (and supervision) for street cleaning, decorating, flowers and other activities designed for beautification. It also includes signage , flags, banners, historic markers and other “badging” appropriate to the historic neighborhood.
d. To cooperate with public, private and governmental agencies in the furtherance of its mission to endeavor to achieve the “vision statement” for the district adopted by the East Allegheny Community Council.