Urban Fold

Pittsburgh Mixes Modes to Lead 'Shared Space' Movement

Streetsblog recently launched a series that will highlight Pittsburgh as a city "shedding its 'Rust Belt' image and emerging as a leader in progressive street design." The first case study: the city's three shared streets projects.
ccbarr / Flickr

In anticipation of the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference in Pittsburgh in September, Streetsblog is "previewing some of the great research and success stories that will be told at the conference," starting with "one type of innovative design that Pittsburgh is increasingly becoming known for: 'shared space.'"

According to Tanya Snyder, who writes the first installment of the series, "[three] recent projects in Pittsburgh have utilized the shared space concept. 'It’s a change in thinking about how that space is used that elevates the status of pedestrians and cyclists — more pedestrians than anyone — over the car,' said Michael Stern, an architect at Strada, the firm that designed the three new shared spaces. 'So that’s a big change.'"

Snyder goes on to provide design and planning details of each of the three shared space projects, as well as the details of the economic development that has followed. For instance: "Market Square, where drug deals used to be conducted in plain view, a major redesign has attracted nearly a billion dollars in new development. In addition to offices surrounding the square, there are almost 500 new residential units and 32 restaurants within a block and a half. Many of the 20 dining establishments that encircle the plaza have patio seating on brick sidewalks that blend into the cobblestone street, with no curb separating them. On the other side of the street, the plaza’s terrazzo floor is also at the same grade."

Full Story: Bikes, Cars, and People Co-Exist on Pittsburgh’s Shared Streets

Comments

Build Your Own Paper Block City

Urban Fold is an all-inclusive kit that allows anyone to build the city of their dreams with a few simple folds.
$24.95
building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
$25

Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245

Stay thirsty, urbanists

These sturdy water bottles are eco-friendly and perfect for urbanists on the go.
$19.00