Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Deep In The Heart of Downtown

Downtown Pittsburgh is booming. The Golden Triangle has grown in ways that previous generations may never have envisioned, and the perception of the neighborhood at the heart of Pittsburgh is changing rapidly –– for the better.



(page 5 of 9)

COMMUTING: Beyond the garage.

Downtown commuters have never had it so good — if their wheels are on a bicycle.

Dedicated bike lanes on Penn Avenue averaged 800 rides daily between May 1-Oct. 31 last year, according to counters installed by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. That traffic is increasing this year, says Sean Luther, executive director of Envision Downtown. The cooperative effort between the city and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is collecting data and testing pilot projects for public spaces, transportation and traffic.

The news is positive for mass transit, too; surveys show it accounts for almost half of Downtown commuters, Luther says. A February study of census data by SmartAsset ranked Pittsburgh’s mass-transit situation eighth-best out of 136 U.S. cities, with one of the smallest differences in average commute times by bus vs. car. To ease sidewalk congestion at its busiest bus stop, the city this year widened the sidewalk at Smithfield Street and added shelters and lean bars.

With nearly 52,000 garage and lot parking spaces in the Downtown and nearby areas such as the Strip District and North Shore, and another 1,500 planned for projects now under construction, the city is “pretty close” to having enough room for morning commuters, Luther says. The squeeze comes once they’re all settled in. “If you’re coming to visit your attorney at 11 a.m., it is admittedly very difficult to find a place to park in the Golden Triangle,” he says.

Pittsburgh Parking Authority Executive Director David Onorato takes issue with those who bemoan a Downtown parking shortage. “There’s a perception of that because they can’t find a place right in front of their building,” he says. “That’s not just Pittsburgh, that’s industry-wide.” As for short-term spaces, he points to automation that has made on-street parking more convenient. Pittsburgh is the first major U.S. city to switch to license plate-based metering, which means no more painted lines, the freedom to move to a different spot Downtown while keeping your remaining time, and the ability to top up your meter via phone app. (It also means easier collection and ticketing.) This year the authority eliminated two-hour limits Downtown, though Onorato says recent counts show four out of five street-parked vehicles still are staying for less than two hours.

Envision Downtown hired an intern from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs to collect, map and analyze parking data; it posts the findings frequently on its website. It also plans to unveil automated signs along Fort Duquesne Boulevard that are wired into the ParkPGH app. As each Cultural District garage fills up, the signs direct drivers to the next one with free space, reducing traffic snarls.

Ride-hailing services such as Lyft, Uber and zTrip and short-term self-rental Zipcar have substantially altered the dynamics of getting around Downtown. Self-driving automobiles, like the ones Uber’s Strip District research hub began road-testing this spring, could have an even more dramatic effect — especially if they can park themselves in the city’s outskirts during the day. For now, daily drivers might try this cheaper and healthier garage alternative: Pay $6 or $7 to park in a Strip District lot, and use a Healthy Ride bike share, at $12 a month for unlimited 30-minute rides, to pedal the rest of the way to Downtown. —Mark Houser
 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

 


  •  

  •  

  •  

  •  

  •  

  •  

  •  

  •  

  •  
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Restaurant Review: Masala House in Shadyside

Restaurant Review: Masala House in Shadyside

You'll find excellent Indian cuisine in a Shadyside building with a long culinary history.
A Tale of Two Strands: Theaters With the Same Name

A Tale of Two Strands: Theaters With the Same Name

In two small towns nearby, old vaudeville stages — which share the same name — have reopened and revitalized their communities.
From Pittsburgh to the Moon: Our Role in the Space Race

From Pittsburgh to the Moon: Our Role in the Space Race

As the nation and private entrepreneurs focus again on space, 50 years after Apollo 11 touched down on the moon, Pittsburgh is once again in the celestial spotlight.
2019 Best of the 'Burgh Readers' Poll Winners

2019 Best of the 'Burgh Readers' Poll Winners

Thousands of nominations, hundreds of thousands of votes, and the winners are ...
Top 10 Things to Do in Pittsburgh in June

Top 10 Things to Do in Pittsburgh in June

Your 10 best bets for this month include WizardVue, rooftop yoga and Spamilton.
This Restless Pair are Pittsburgh Restaurateurs of the Year

This Restless Pair are Pittsburgh Restaurateurs of the Year

Together, Richard DeShantz and Tolga Sevdik of the Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group form the Pittsburgh restaurant world's most dynamic duo.
Best Restaurants in Pittsburgh in 2019

Best Restaurants in Pittsburgh in 2019

Our annual roundup of Pittsburgh's Best Restaurants covers a lot of ground. The list of 30 includes everything from fine dining at a resort hotel to a scrappy, farm-to-table breakfast and lunch counter in Bloomfield.
When I Have a Craving for a Specific Dish

When I Have a Craving for a Specific Dish

Here are a few Pittsburgh restaurants we didn’t include on the annual Best Restaurants list that our dining critic loves to visit when he's craving something specific.
How Pittsburgh's Homeless Teens Escape the Mean Streets

How Pittsburgh's Homeless Teens Escape the Mean Streets

For homeless Youth, living on the street can end up being worse than what they’re running from. Gaining their trust and guiding them to safety is a long and painful process, but local agencies are making progress.
Perspectives: Call of the Wild

Perspectives: Call of the Wild

Award-winning journalist Sally Wiggin explains the evolving role of zoos, including the Pittsburgh Zoo, to save endangered species from extinction.
Edit Module

Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags


All the County Fairs Happening This Summer in Western PA

All the County Fairs Happening This Summer in Western PA

Mark your calendars. There are 35 county fairs in western Pennsylvania this summer.

Comments

2019 Pittsburgh Area Fireworks: Where & When to Watch Them

2019 Pittsburgh Area Fireworks: Where & When to Watch Them

This booming list of fireworks displays can help you get your fill of patriotism during the long holiday week.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Recommended Pittsburgh Eating: 3 Recent Dishes I Loved

Recommended Pittsburgh Eating: 3 Recent Dishes I Loved

PM dining critic Hal B. Klein is eating seasonal salads, sushi and sandwiches.

Comments

The Latest Restaurant Openings In Pittsburgh

The Latest Restaurant Openings In Pittsburgh

We say hello to three new Galley Group concepts, plus Con Alma, Over Eden and Inner Groove Brewing.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
5 Best Spots to Hang Out with Your Dog

5 Best Spots to Hang Out with Your Dog

For those who can’t stand the idea of leaving their dogs home alone on a beautiful day, these dog-friendly stores, restaurants and bars in the Pittsburgh area welcome humans and canines alike.

Comments

5 Races You (Yes, You) Can Run This Year

5 Races You (Yes, You) Can Run This Year

Even novice runners can work their way up to these fun and (mildly) challenging races.

Comments


Food, Beer and Games at the Crafty Jackalope

Food, Beer and Games at the Crafty Jackalope

The popular Bridgeville bar serves its neighborhood well.

Comments

In a Crowded City for Concerts, Rivers Casino Steps Up

In a Crowded City for Concerts, Rivers Casino Steps Up

The casino's new Events Center proves itself more than worthy of competing for big-name acts.

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
DeCastro’s Preferred Order: Fries with That, Hold the Drama

DeCastro’s Preferred Order: Fries with That, Hold the Drama

The Steelers have emerged from their offseason sessions confident they’re capable of playing better. They also maintain a new atmosphere and culture have been established. But they won’t know for certain until they actually start playing.

Comments

Pittsburgh Steelers' No. 1 Pick Makes a Lasting First Impression

Pittsburgh Steelers' No. 1 Pick Makes a Lasting First Impression

Devin Bush will still have much to prove once the pads come on and the hitting commences. But the presence and purpose he brought to OTAs justified the hype on draft day.

Comments


The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
The 400-Word Review: The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The 400-Word Review: The Last Black Man in San Francisco

This arresting debut feature about displacement by the Bay is one of the year's best films.

Comments

The 400-Word Review: Toy Story 4

The 400-Word Review: Toy Story 4

Pixar's signature series comes up with an enjoyable fourth chapter. Just don't set your expectations too high.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
The Business of Building Cookie Table Bridges

The Business of Building Cookie Table Bridges

After her cookie table bridges proved to be a hit at her own wedding, a Pittsburgh bride has taken her idea to the next level.

Comments

The Most Popular Wedding Trends of Summer 2019

The Most Popular Wedding Trends of Summer 2019

Romantic bistro lights and balloon arrangements? Yes please.

Comments


Weekly inspiration for your home from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine
First-Of-Its-Kind Flower Truck Blooms in Pittsburgh

First-Of-Its-Kind Flower Truck Blooms in Pittsburgh

Customers are able to pick their own bouquet from the collection of fresh stems aboard Victoria Miess's mobile, mint green mini-truck.

Comments

 PPG Paints Singin' the Blues for 2020 Color of the Year

PPG Paints Singin' the Blues for 2020 Color of the Year

Meant to offer relief from the anxieties of today’s fast-paced lifestyle, Chinese Porcelain is a mix of cobalt and ink blue. Here’s why you can expect to see more of it in the coming year.

Comments