Category: Urban Planning

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Quiet Storm Update

The closing of the current location of the popular restaurant, the Quiet Storm, where I’m sure several of the first meetings of Progress Pittsburgh were held has created quite a stir among Pittsburgh vegetarians.  The following update was posted on the Quiet Storm facebook page earlier today… HEY VEG COMMUNITY SIMMER DOWN. I’m looking for…

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City Council Meetings on the Buncher/Strip Development

If you are interested in learning more about what is happening with the proposed development in the Strip District – this is the project where the Buncher Company would be tearing down part of the Terminal Buildings – then you might want to check out these two meetings. Monday, September 25, 2012 1pm City Council…

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Community Meeting – July 7 at 6:30 p.m. re: Beechwood Blvd and Boulevard Dr. Site in Greenfield

Councilman Doug Shields will convene a community meeting on Thursday, July 7, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Greenfield Senior Center (located at 745 Greenfield Ave.) regarding development at the church on Beechwood Blvd. and Boulevard Dr. in Greenfield.  This meeting is open to the public and will focus on possibilities for this…

North Shore vs. North Side — Rally July 23

Image via Wikipedia Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondent has the press release from last weeked protest and the PGH Comet has a posts about the protestors that were arrested last week. The protests took place outside the Delmonte headquarters The Delmonte HQ is managed by  Continental Real Estate Continental pays their building service workers poverty wages with no…

Mayor’s Press Release – Plans for Market Square

From Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s Office this morning PRESS RELEASE MAYOR UNVEILS PLANS FOR MARKET SQUARE, HIGHLIGHTS PITTSBURGH’S GROWTH Annual Meeting Showcases Record Development Numbers as New Projects Speak to Pittsburgh’s Resilience PITTSBURGH, PA —Pittsburgh’s historic Market Square during the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s (PDP) Annual Meeting held this morning at the DoubleTree Hotel Pittsburgh City Center.  More than $4 billion in investment is currently planned or already underway…

Who is benefits from leasing or selling the parking garages?

Image by UtopianLibrary via Flickr Mayor Luke Ravenstahl‘s idea to lease the city’s parking garages (more here) has generated quite a bit of buzz in Pittsburgh and beyond.  The article from the PG was also picked up by Harvard’s Kennedy School here and on the blogs Milwaukee Talkie and Planetizen. This idea has also been…

What is the purpose of public transit?

Again, there’s a really interesting conversation about transit going on over at Nullspace: http://nullspace2.blogspot.com/2008/09/transit-tuesday-metrics-to-be-proud-of.html Chris B. deconstructs some of the “facts” touted in a recent Forbes.com report and P-G article about Pittsburgh being in the top 5 commuter-friendly regions. He points out that the figures that put us in the top 5 are ridership numbers…

Blogging PatFordgate

Image via Wikipedia Chris Briem wonders if the Pat Ford settlement will mean the end of the Burghosphere – “I mean, will there be enough fodder for people to write about going forward. It’s debatable.”  But Doug Sheilds has already called for an investigation and thus the saga of what can only be labeled Pat-Fordgate…

Allegheny Conference— Spreading Misinformation about Transit???

In the Post-Gazette today, attorney Joseph Pass responds directly to Ken Zapinski of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development’s management-slanted editorial from labor day weekend. Don’t punish transit workers Perhaps local corporations should make ‘concessions’ I read with interest the rantings of Ken Zapinski of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development titled, “A Time for…

Tool includes transportation costs in defining housing affordability

A timely topic, as energy becomes a sharper issue for the American public and we watch changes in consumer behavior hash out against a backdrop of slow-to-change and often contradictory public policy. Will there be any long-term impact on where people choose to live? Well, this index is a project of The Urban Markets Initiative…

Pittsburgh is (sort of) “green.”

Pittsburgh is featured in a recent series on grist.com. I think that this article provides a very fair assessment of Pittsburgh’s “greenness”: The Smoky City has become a poster child of sorts for urban revitalization, although it still hasn’t achieved the eco-notoriety of larger metropolitan areas. As home to the nonprofit Green Building Alliance, Pennsylvania’s…

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