Rethinking Downtown Streets in a Revitalizing Pittsburgh

With $5.2 billion of investment in the past 10 years, and another $3.5 billion in the development pipeline, Pittsburgh planning organizations are considering ways to rethink the streets of the city's downtown.

July 23, 2019, 7:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, along with the city of Pittsburgh, Port Authority of Allegheny County, and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, is preparing to launch a one-year planning study of downtown streets, with the aim of preparing for changing trends and technological innovations.

"The study will look at such things as reducing single-passenger vehicles, creating stopping areas for shared-services such as Lyft and Uber and identifying where future bike and pedestrian paths should be located," reports Ed Blazina.

The Port Authority board could clear the way for the study when it meets later this week.

"The study should take about a year to complete, but it likely will be a living plan that changes as projects and issues develop. The Downtown Partnership, which is paying for the study, has received proposals from consultants and expects to choose one by September," reports Blazina.

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