July 10 2013

PlanPGH and the Evolution of Pittsburgh

5th Avenue

As with many major cities across the world, Pittsburgh is looking to the future with a new comprehensive master plan, which is currently being implemented throughout the city. PlanPGH is a multi-component program to help the city of Pittsburgh through growth in a number of categories, including:

  • Open space;
  • Preservation of buildings;
  • Transportation;
  • Energy;
  • Housing;
  • Education;
  • Public art;
  • Urban design;
  • City facilities;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Economic development; and
  • Zoning.

Green Space in Southside

While it began in 2010, this urban planning project is supposed to take around ten years to completely finish. Parts of the plan are in different stages, with ten of the twelve categories currently being worked on. The preservation and open space categories are already completed and being implemented.

PlanPGH is a project which must collaborate with the community around it to become successful. This is why PlanPGH is largely a community based project, with numerous planned public workshops and community organizations lending a hand or giving opinions on it. Ashley Holloway, project manager of the education component of the project, spoke of how the different types of schools in the Pittsburgh school district, including charter schools, day-cares, and even the different universities in the region, are working together as a single function to try and figure out how the city can help with the education of the citizens in Pittsburgh. By doing this, PlanPGH has effectively been able to analyze and create the best possible plan for all the different education systems. This type of collaboration is what is helping every component of the PlanPGH project to become key parts of the city’s future.

PlanPGH is still an ongoing activity, and will be for some time to come. You can follow the progress of this endeavor at their website or on their twitter at @PLANPGH.

What are some of the positives and negatives of large urban planning projects in cities, such as Pittsburgh?

Credits: Images taken by Mike Nucci. Data linked to sources.

Greg Shermeto

Greg Shermeto is a recent graduate at the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.A. in Environmental Design. While studying, Greg worked on projects including the South Buffalo Trolley and Trail System, which helped to connect the Western New York Railway Historical Society’s railroad museum to the downtown corridor. He has also worked for the University at Buffalo’s Center for Urban Studies, where Greg assisted with the redevelopment of the Perry Choice neighborhood in downtown Buffalo. Greg also spent a semester studying the built environment of the Baltic States in Estonia and Latvia. Greg’s interests include transportation planning and community design, and the efforts to make urban areas accessible and functional for the future. For the Grid, Greg will be writing about planning issues and topics about the city of Pittsburgh, where he currently resides.

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