If you’re tired of hearing about how wonderful Pittsburgh is, then stop right here. In a recent issue of Metropolis (a magazine “uniquely positioned at the convergence of architecture, design and culture”), Pittsburgh was one of just two American cities to land on the list of “The World’s Most Livable Cities.”
Via Metropolis: “In addition to ranking our top three livable locales for 2015, we consulted a variety of experts to identify cities that are excelling in key areas such as smart infrastructure, walkability, and preservation.” And the city that excels most in preservation? You guessed it.
In her brief profile of our fair city, Shannon Sharpe looks at how Pittsburgh is actively working to preserve its character and history but also create better neighborhoods. “Pittsburgh, like so many other Rust Belt cities, faced huge hurdles with the decline of its steel industry,” says Sharpe. “But it is overcoming many of these challenges thanks, in great part, to its preservation movements, neighborhood renewal projects, and active communities.”
Sharpe cites projects like Downtown’s Market at Fifth and Bill Peduto’s push to save the Strip’s Produce Terminal from demolition. She also applauds the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), who has played a major role in revitalizing and restoring neighborhoods like Wilkinsburg and the Northside’s Mexican War Streets.
Though organizations like the PHLF and the support of the Peduto administration are certainly vital, Pittsburgh would not have landed at the top of Metropolis’s ranking without a more widespread enthusiasm for preservation. “Even with support from foundations and politicians, the preservation movement would carry little weight without the community behind it,” concludes Sharpe.
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