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ArtPGH, DesignPGH ask for input from residents


Last updated 4/15/2013 at 4:41pm

On April 25 and 30, there will be a second round of local public meetings for ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH, the Public Art and Urban Design components of PLANPGH, the City’s first comprehensive plan.

These will be “open house” meetings will allow residents to participate near where they live or work.

South Pittsburgh meeting locations will be:

South West Study Area - Thursday, April 25 (drop in anytime from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.): West End Overlook Shelter Access parking from northern end of Fairview Avenue. Public Transportation: Bus 26, 27, and 29.

The South West Study Area includes the South Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Carrick and Overbrook.

South Study Area - Tuesday, April 30 (drop in anytime from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.): Mount Washington Senior Center, 122 Virginia Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15211, 412-488-8405. Public Transportation: Bus 40, 43 and MI (Monongahela Incline).

The South Study Area includes the South Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Allentown, Arlington Heights, Beltzhoover, Bon Air, Duquesne Heights, Mount Oliver City, Mount Washington, South Side Flats and South Side Flats.

Note for outreach purposes, the city has been divided into study areas. While anyone is welcome to attend any meeting they wish, it’s recommended that residents attend the meeting in the study area in which they work or live as the content will be relevant to those specific neighborhoods.

RSVP is requested, but not required. RSVP to the meeting using one of three methods: RSVP on their Facebook page; Use the RSVP form on the PLANPGH website; or, Contact Morton Brown, public art manager, at 412-255-8996 or

The meetings’ workshop format will allow residents to arrive at any time during the 4-7 p.m. timeframe and to rotate through three 20-minute workshops. The three concurrent sessions will present and discuss preliminary plan recommendations on: Public Art Policies; the Urban Design Manual; and Neighborhood Visions.

The session on neighborhood visions will provide a list of visions from existing community plans, of which attendees may offer feedback and suggestions. Within the public art session, initial best practices and suggested policy recommendations will presented and discussed, and in the third concurrent session, preliminary recommendations for the urban design manual, including recommendations on development that captures neighborhood character, will be presented. 

Residents will provide feedback on this current planning work, that will set the framework for the draft ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH plan documents. ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH will set policies and tools to guide the city in the areas of public art and urban design for the next 25 years.

The recommended policies and findings will be presented for public feedback later this year.


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