East Side III
East Side III is one of Pittsburgh's major ongoing improvements.

The Architect’s Newspaper Blog highlights 11 projects in Pittsburgh they say are moving the city forward. Some, like the Tower at PNC Plaza, are a ways away from completion. But we’re already reaping the rewards from others, like the recently redone Point State Park.

They’re not all architectural. The list includes Pittsburgh Bike Share, which will debut this summer, and TalkPGH, a mobile talk show which interviewed citizens in each of Pittsburgh’s 92 neighborhoods last spring.

One that was cited was an improvement of convenience rather than altruism. The stretch of Pocusset Street that has been closed to cars and repainted for cyclist and pedestrian use was done so first and foremost because the road lacks the structural integrity to safely support vehicular traffic, and the city doesn’t currently have the money to shore up the windy hillside road. In the end, though, it’s worked out nicely for everyone.

Take a look at the entire list.

Matthew Wein

Matthew Wein is a local writer, editor, blogger, storyteller and proud native Pittsburgher. Once described as "a man of things," he covers city design, spirits and craft beer for NEXT, where he keeps all of the editorial meetings light-hearted and interesting. His interests include sorting books, looking at old things and candles which smell like old-growth pine forests.