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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.



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PEOPLE ARE SAYING ...

“Signs and easier navigating systems need to be developed so non-city travelers can move through the city.” 
John Valentine, executive director, Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation

I have three kids, and I don’t think Downtown is ready for us. There’s no kids down here. … We have some work to do to make it feel like a place where families would be welcome.” 
Jeremy Waldrup, president and CEO, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Now [we] need to connect [Market Square] with other busy Downtown hubs, like the Cultural District, Point State Park, Grant Street and Mellon Square. It can’t just be that one area is an 18-hour area. All of Downtown needs to be an 18-hour area.” 
Mayor Bill Peduto

A deepening infrastructure for public  transit, particularly from Oakland and the suburbs ... would be transformative immediately.” 
Craig Davis, president and CEO, VisitPITTSBURGH

Without a doubt, one of the biggest trends the millennials are driving is urbanization, which is resulting in all  of the development you’re seeing.” 
Dan Adamski, managing director, JLL commercial real estate

Parks are a great democratic space, and everyone’s welcome there. But we can’t allow a park to be degraded to a point where it can’t fulfill its mission.” 
Jim Griffin, director, Citiparks

There’s an overall concern about the affordability of Pittsburgh as it continues to grow and flourish. … We want to ensure young individuals coming out of college can also afford to live Downtown, and as we build amenities, a young family can live Downtown — not just empty-nesters who have saved for it.” 
— Pittsburgh Councilman Daniel Lavelle

Our Downtown is our living room. It’s where we gather. Downtown should showcase the best our region has to offer in retail, not simply bringing in others. Otherwise we become Anywhere, U.S.A.” 
Mayor Bill Peduto

If you pick up any travel PR piece about any city, what they always show is their historic buildings. How many people go to a city to look at new construction or to visit their sprawl?” 
Arthur P. Ziegler Jr., president and co-founder, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation 

A shopping district needs to be developed with clothing boutiques and other stores.” 
John Valentine, executive director, Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation.

Some wrinkles that still need to be ironed out as far as bringing people into Market Square who may have that hesitation — once you move out to the suburbs, there are people who think, ‘Oh my gosh, Downtown, where do I park?’ That [perception] will always be a battle.” 
— Jen Grippo, Market Square Merchants Association

[The Cultural District] is where the hub is, and it’s where the recognition is ... I was enamored by the idea of central Pittsburgh.” 
Abby Fudor, co-owner, Arcade Comedy Theater

Are we in a bubble? Are we going to keep going? I’ve never seen anything like this here.” 
Richard DeShantz, Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group
 

Report Card

Living Downtown

 More residents with more units to choose from.
 Rents and condo prices also rising with demand.
 

Tourism & Conventions

 Three new hotels since 2015, five more on the way.
 Not enough hotels near convention center to attract biggest draws.
 

Retail

 Small shops opening, including grocery in Market Square.
 Since Macy’s closed, nowhere to buy upscale cosmetics.
 

Crime 

Burglary and vandalism down sharply since 2010.
Crime up more than 10 percent this year over 2015. Simple assault, public intoxication up sharply since 2010.

Transportation

 New bike lanes getting heavy traffic.
 Parking spots still hard to find, especially at midday.
 

Aesthetics

 Mix of old storefronts, new skyscrapers, and improved parks.
 More work needed in transition zones between bustling areas
 

 

 

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