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Elements of Urbanism: Pittsburgh
« on: August 05, 2009, 06:06:47 AM »
Elements of Urbanism: Pittsburgh



Metro Jacksonville explores another riverfront city that is dominated by a unique collection of urban neighborhoods: Pittsburgh.

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Pittsburgh
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2009, 09:12:06 AM »
One of the coolest things about Pittsburgh's Convention Center is the man-madewaterfall stream that runs underneath the building connecting the downtown to the river (since the building blocks the view)...got any pics of that?

Also, don't mess with the Cathedral of Learning :-)

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Pittsburgh
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2009, 09:21:15 AM »
"Located on the north side of the Allegheny River, this district is the home of Heinz Field (Pittsburgh Steelers) and PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates).  Today, the neighborhood is a hot spot for urban infill taking over massive surface parking lots that surround the sports facilities.  Major construction projects include a new light rail subway extension to serve the district and a casino."

You said it Ennis.  Here is the vision for our own North Bank District.  With smart infill growth, our Jax Municipal Stadium, Baseball Park, Metro Park and Arena could become the driving force behind economic growth in this part of downtown.  Anchor it with a streetcar or skyway extension, drop in a museum, hotel, residence tower, retail and restaurants on the Shipyards site, make Metro park part of the neighborhood, infill the parking lots around the stadium, tear down the dissecting expressway and BAM! Look at the tax base explode on what is now nothing.  This area has the potential to really become a destination spot.  Think about it...we wouldn't have to black out Jaguars games, sold out baseball games, an arena with more than 10 big name concerts a year, outdoor concerts on the river, etc. 

Again, we always come back to the same issue.  How come Pittsburgh doesn't make excuses for stopping development in its urban core?  How can recent pictures show big projects being built when all we hear around here is project death and doom.  It comes down to mass transit, strategic infill and connected areas, something our city leaders just don't understand.  There is no vision and obviously no support or encouragement for developers.  And I'm not talking money, because as we have seen numerous times, just handing out money doesn't get things done.  I want a real plan for this area and it has to make you say, "WOW!  Welcome to the Bold New City of the South!"  This city needs to grow a pair.  ;)

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Pittsburgh
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2009, 09:27:14 AM »
Tufsu, thanks for sharing.  I think the link below is what you are talking about.  Our new convention center on the river could have something that embraced the river as well.  That would be pretty cool.

http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/1173049.jpg

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Pittsburgh
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2009, 09:32:02 AM »
One of the coolest things about Pittsburgh's Convention Center is the man-madewaterfall stream that runs underneath the building connecting the downtown to the river (since the building blocks the view)...got any pics of that?

Also, don't mess with the Cathedral of Learning :-)

Unfortunately, no.  That area was closed off for a construction project the couple of days I was there.
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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Pittsburgh
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2009, 09:38:27 AM »
In regards to what Brainstormer said about the area around the stadium...

My family is from a suburb north of Pittsburgh, and my dad spent a lot of time in Pittsburgh. When me and him went to the Jaguar/Steeler playoff game a couple years back he was amazed by the area around the sports complexes. He said it was an area you didn't go to unless you were going to a game, and said he would have never before parked where we ended up parking (which was a parking lot for a new condo). The face lift the new stadiums gave the area really helped bring in a commercial aspect supported by games, which branched out further to include condos and everyday bars and restaurants.

My family moved from the area in the 80's shortly after I was born when a lot of the jobs left, but the city has done a good job of rebounding and accepting new industries to become successful again.  

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Pittsburgh
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2009, 09:40:23 AM »
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City Population Growth from 2000 to 2008

Pittsburgh: -24,526
Jacksonville: +72,312


Yeah, they all moved to Jacksonville!

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Pittsburgh
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2009, 09:48:48 AM »
They moved somewhere; Pittsburgh has lost over half of it's population since the 1950's...Tampa is now bigger than Pittsburg in population.  I guess the steel mill closings has a lot to do with the great big loss of population, but it seems that the main infrastructure, and many of the old buildings and artifacts have remained intact and are in excellent shape despite the people flight from Pittsburgh.  Don't think I'd want to live there.

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Pittsburgh
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2009, 09:51:00 AM »
Jacksonville has suffered the same problems with population loss, but it has been concealed by consolidation.

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Pittsburgh
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2009, 10:00:09 AM »
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City Population Growth from 2000 to 2008

Pittsburgh: -24,526
Jacksonville: +72,312



Yeah, they all moved to Jacksonville!

I can see this as a possibility.  Ever been to the Steelers/ Jags game? Half the stadium is black and yellow.  Come on Football Season!

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Pittsburgh
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2009, 10:16:10 AM »
Right on Lunican!  Our growth has not been in what I consider the city of Jacksonville, it has been in the outlying areas which in most other metro areas are independent, attached suburbs.

And Lucas, your dad supports my point.  All of a sudden the area is a destination area, not just on game days.  Would you go back there just to eat at a great restaurant on say a Wednesday night?  Just having dinner near the stadium is exciting even for a non-fan.  Image imprinting is constant and pretty soon, you think, hey I should go to a game sometime.
Plus attending a concert or sports event is so much more than just driving in, parking, attending, and then driving home. Jacksonville has not harnessed the potential our stadium area has and we are suffering because of it.  It shouldn't just be about going to the game.  The surrounding neighborhood should be inviting and create a vibrant atmosphere.  It should encourage people to come early and stay late.  How sad that the lone sports bar in our stadium area is only open when events happen.  Right there shows we have failed.

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Pittsburgh
« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2009, 10:16:30 AM »
Largest LEED convention center in the world, for now. Nashville's will take the title when it opens in 2013.

Oh, and brain, most of the growth outside of the city has been in unicorporated Clay and St. Johns Counties, not much within actual cities themselves. Even with that said, from 1990 to 2000, the city ballooned by almost 100,000 people.

Oh, and Captain, I was at an Arizona Cardinals game in 2007, and half the stadium was Steelers fans. Safe to say, they're all over, to escape the atrociousness that is, as I've heard it called, Shittsburgh.
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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Pittsburgh
« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2009, 10:17:41 AM »
I am one of those in black and yellow. I do have to give credit though to Jag fans for the playoff game in Pittsburgh. It was nothing like the amount of Steller fans that are at Jaguar games, and many other stadiums for that matter, but there was more teal there than I expected. Some of the people near us that were from Ponte Vedra even said they were going to New England the following week.

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Pittsburgh
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2009, 10:22:10 AM »
It shouldn't just be about going to the game. The surrounding neighborhood should be inviting and create a vibrant atmosphere. IT should encourage people to come early and stay late. How sad that the lone sports bar in our stadium area is only open when events happen. Right there shows we have failed.

One of the sports bars that has really helped the area around Heinz field is Jerome Bettis' Grille 36. If Jacksonville could have a player to attach to open up something around the area, it could it help attract people for more than just a game. If Fred comes back to this area, or if Tony and Mark weren't just into What-A-Burgers, they could have this affect.

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Pittsburgh
« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2009, 10:38:30 AM »
I think the Image Imprinting aspect of developing around the stadium is a great point.  I went to Auburn, AL (of all places) and ate in the shadow of their stadium, which was really neat.  Just thinking about what goes on around game day in that area made the whole meal that much more exciting.  I'm going back this fall just to relive the experience and go to a game this time.