Pittsburgh Neighborhood Unveils the 'Mother of All Vision Plans'

Unveiled at an event held last week at the University of Pittsburgh, "Oakland 2025: A vision for sustainable living and mobility" is the culmination of a process that involved a laundry list of institutional, community, and governmental partners.
November 6, 2012, 1pm PST | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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Home to historic districts, universities, health care facilities, and cultural venues, Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood is truly ‘a city within a city'; which made developing a long-term comprehensive plan with the participation of a diverse set of partners all the more difficult.

"It's a monster," said Wanda Wilson, executive director of the Oakland Planning and Development Corp. "I think the thing that's going to help [with implementation] is that we have these partnerships in place -- not that it's going to be a piece of cake."

According to Diana Nelson Jones, "[p]riorities include an Oakland bus loop; better pedestrian navigation and bicycle infrastructure; hillside restoration and other greening efforts; more attractive gateways into Oakland; the return of the Oakland Code Enforcement Task Force -- a resident-based network renamed Oakwatch -- and better town-and-gown relations with outreach and reclamation of student rentals in residential neighborhoods."

"Unlike most neighborhood-specific plans, Oakland's is likely to have regional implications, especially as transportation goals are implemented," says Jones.

"Obviously, as the third-largest employment center in the state, with cultural institutions that serve the region, Oakland has to plan with that in mind," said Jonathan Kline, co-principal at Studio for Spatial Practice. "At the same time, he said, there is a certain parochial feel to each of Oakland's neighborhoods."

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Published on Monday, November 5, 2012 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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