Pittsburgh on the river
Pittsburgh has made an inspiring commitment to linear greenways and public access to the waterfront. See below for recent photos of trails along the Allegheny River and for the planning principles guiding trail development.
Pittsburgh's Waterfront Development Plan
Pittsburghs waterfront has become a desired address for new communities, cultural venues, commercial development and outdoor recreation. Already, projects such as the $40-million ALCOA World Headquarters building and an expanding 11.5-mile riverfront greenway, the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, have set high marks for design, construction and connectivity along Pittsburghs riversa preview of things to come. Design standards will be keyed to neighborhood history and tradition so that development reflects and reinforces the underlying value of each community. Finally, public access sites connected by linear greenways will tie developments together, eliminating barriers, both real and imagined and animating the riverfront with the light and life of the city.
A developing riverfront trail, that will eventually connect Washingtons Landing on the North Shore of the Allegheny River with Sandcastle Waterpark on the Monongahela at the citys southeast edge, already attracts a growing legion of morning walkers and after-work runners. This amenity has attracted significant new high quality investment, and encouraged people once again to approach the wateran instinct lost during a century of industrialization.
Pittsburgh, once the nations forerunner in urban redevelopment, has joined the fold of world cities determined to pull its waterfront back from marginal use and neglect into the mainstream of public activity and private investment. Today, everyone recognizes the value of public access to the waterfronts. A renewed waterfront offers investors a promising return on capital. Cities enjoy increased tourism, employment and growth. Residents gain new recreation opportunities and an expanded awareness of the natural aspects of river life.
Most importantly, a vital and vibrant waterfront serves to unite residents and visitors in a shared experience of Pittsburgh, just as the public commons and main street did a century ago. It is in that daily exchange of ideas and points of view that a city finds the energy and desire to continually improve and remake itself.
Tom Murphy, Mayor
Insist on interconnected, linear waterfront development with broad public access by:
Create synergy between office, retail, residential and recreational use of key waterfront sites by:
Protect and enhance the natural riverfront environment by:
Reclaim Pittsburghs identity as one of the worlds great river cities by: