The Preservation of Pittsburgh Master Plan to Guide Neighborhood Transformation

Posted September 24, 2012
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

When the Pitts­burgh neigh­bor­hood became ground zero for the fore­clo­sure cri­sis in Atlanta, the Atlanta Civic Site began work­ing with part­ners to sta­bi­lize and revi­tal­ize the neigh­bor­hood. Togeth­er, these part­ners have acquired 95 vacant prop­er­ties and rehabbed 18 using pub­lic and pri­vate funding.

This sum­mer, Pitts­burgh Com­mu­ni­ty Improve­ment Asso­ci­a­tion (PCIA), the neigh­bor­hood’s com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion, rehabbed five homes, using pub­lic HOME fund­ing. PCIA is now rebuild­ing five addi­tion­al homes under the same pro­gram. Once com­plet­ed, PCIA will trans­fer them into the Pitts­burgh Com­mu­ni­ty Land Trust as either rental or sale prop­er­ties to ensure long-term afford­abil­i­ty in the community.

To guide the work in Pitts­burgh, the part­ners worked with res­i­dents and oth­ers to devel­op the Preser­va­tion of Pitts­burgh Mas­ter Plan, the final draft of which was pre­sent­ed in June. A group of res­i­dent lead­ers has begun to imple­ment three demon­stra­tion projects, includ­ing the cre­ation of a fruit and veg­etable stand where res­i­dents can sell the pro­duce they are grow­ing in com­mu­ni­ty gar­dens; a mur­al to be paint­ed by res­i­dents along the neigh­bor­hood’s main cor­ri­dor; and an ini­tia­tive to help res­i­dents bring their homes into code com­pli­ance. Grad­u­ate stu­dents from the Geor­gia Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy School of City and Region­al Plan­ning are pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal assis­tance to these and oth­er planned demon­stra­tion projects.

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