Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

The city of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership announced Envision Downtown on Thursday, a public-private partnership that aims to create more “complete streets” downtown. That means a better experience for pedestrians, improved transportation and better use of land.

An artist will be debuting a public art sculpture in Market Square this month.

Jennifer Wen Ma was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership to create an art installation for the Market Square Public Art program.

Jennifer Wen Ma has exhibited work at museums and spaces all over the world. Possibly her best-known artwork was when she worked with a team to design the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

“It’s a very difficult challenge actually to create a public art piece in the coldest months of the year,” said Wen Ma.

With an estimated 850,000 holiday celebrants heading into downtown Pittsburgh this weekend for Light Up Night and the carryover events Saturday, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is hoping to generate as much revenue as possible for its members. 

Duquesne University marketing professor Audrey Gusky predicts shoppers will leave about $20 million downtown this weekend, which is much more than it has been in the past.

“If you can believe it this is the 54th annual Light Up Night, and it has really blossomed and changed over the last 50 years,” Guskey said.

Light Up Night To Go Big With Multiple Fireworks Shows

Nov 5, 2014
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Continuing a more than five-decade tradition, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) will fill the streets of the Golden Triangle with carriage rides, musical and dance performances, and Santa Clause himself for Light Up Night on Nov. 21.

“We are excited to present these incredible talents and launch new family friendly activities planned for the season, as we launch an entire month of programming ushered in by Light Up Night,” said Jeremy Waldrup, president and CEO of the PDP.  

Pittsburgh To Paris Program Grows Downtown

Oct 27, 2014

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Paris to Pittsburgh program has been given life for at least another year with the Colcom Foundation coming on board with a $350,000 grant. 

Downtown business and building owners can apply for 50 percent matching grants of up to $30,000 to renovate the street-level façade of their establishments. Since its inception in 2007, the program has given more than $1.7 million to 73 projects.

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Recently Pittsburgh debuted a substantial amount of new bike lanes. Many cyclists are celebrating the changes, but those who don’t bike may be scratching their heads. Why is bike infrastructure beneficial for a community? Who benefits? What about the costs?

We’ll speak with Ngani Ndimbie, Communication Manager of Bike Pittsburgh, and Jeremy Waldrup, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, about how bike infrastructure impacts communities -- regardless of whether you bike or not.

For more on Bike PGH's "Better Bikeways" vision, visit here.

For Joe Wos's op-ed rejecting Pittsburgh bike culture, go here, and then jump back to Bike PGH for his change of heart.

A Pittsburgh organization is asking you to put on your robe and head to the roof.

The Coen brothers’ cult hit “The Big Lebowski” will be shown Sept. 10 on the rooftop of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Theater Square Garage.

The second Rooftop Shindig, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP), will feature live music, food, cocktails and games, all leading up to the feature presentation at 8:30 p.m. of the classic crime comedy flick.

The city skyline will be the backdrop for an ‘80s cult film favorite, when the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and Pittsburgh Filmmakers host the first “Rooftop Shindig” Wednesday.

Santa Claus in the summer? The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) celebrating its 20th anniversary this week with dancing in the streets and Christmas in July, among other things.

The eight day celebration will highlight some of the most vibrant and attractive aspects of downtown Pittsburgh, says PDP President and CEO Jeremy Waldrup.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity to just get out and walk around our beautiful city,” Waldrup said.

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When you think of Pittsburgh’s Market Square, yoga probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.

But hundreds of people gathered at the downtown hotspot today to talk about health and fitness, as well as try their hand at a little downward-facing dog.

More than 30 local exhibitors set up shop in downtown Pittsburgh for the Pop Up Outdoor Wellness Fair, sharing information on farming, fitness and food.

Business is booming in the Golden Triangle, according to the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s (PDP) third annual State of Downtown Report.

The report notes a decrease in available office space, an increase in rents and a steady climb in residential population.

There comes a time in Pittsburgh each year when storefronts look more vibrant, the Pirates open their ballpark and the city breathes a collective sigh of relief.

It’s spring, and the Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership wants Pittsburghers to celebrate by dusting off their cameras for a contest.

The PDP’s “Share Your Spring” contest, which opened Wednesday, encourages people to submit photos that capture their excitement for spring in downtown Pittsburgh.

People passing through Market Square have the opportunity to become part of an art installation starting February 21st.

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is launching the North American Premiere of Congregation, an interactive kinetic light installation.

Valentine's Contest Urges Pittsburghers to Love City

Feb 14, 2014

On Valentine’s Day, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is reminding Pittsburghers to give their city some love, too.  

The PDP held a contest challenging people to share what they love about Pittsburgh.

Contestants were asked to send the PDP a photo of them holding a sign bearing the message “I Love Downtown Pittsburgh Because…” somewhere in the city, along with a caption explaining why they love Downtown.

We’ve all heard about, and many have seen the blockbuster films filmed in Pittsburgh – be it the "The Dark Knight Rises" or "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."

On Saturday some smaller filmmakers will have their work shown during an open-air film night downtown. It’s a partnership between Future Tenant and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and will feature a variety of films ranging from two minutes in length to an hour and 15 minutes.

PARK(ing) Day Returns to Pittsburgh

Sep 20, 2013
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If you’re noticing parking spaces around the city being taken up by art installations, sitting areas and small “parklets,” it’s because Friday is international PARK(ing) Day.

This is Pittsburgh’s sixth year celebrating the day, which highlights how public spaces and parks improve the community. The installations are meant to turn urban spaces designed for vehicle use into communal space.

This year there are 20 registered spaces throughout downtown, the Strip District, Lawrenceville, Oakland, and the South Side, compared to 19 in 2008.

One Pittsburgh group is trying to bring a little more life to the downtown area during the winter months.

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, in conjunction with the city of Pittsburgh, will begin a three-year project to bring temporary public art to the city’s Market Square.

Artists are being asked to submit proposals for existing works of art to be displayed in the public plaza, or submit their qualifications to create new works.

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The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s latest Pop Up project began Monday with rain splashing off vacant patio furniture, but the nonprofit believes the seats will soon be filled during lunch hours.

With its brightly colored bistro tables and chairs, the Pop Up Patio fills downtown's Strawberry Way from Smithfield Street to Montour Way.

Jeremy Waldrup, partnership president and CEO, said he hopes the month-long pilot program will encourage people to not only hang out downtown but also frequent nearby businesses.

With as many as 30,000 visitors and runners making their way to downtown Pittsburgh Sunday for the marathon, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is hoping to put an “extra shine” on the Golden Triangle.

“This is something we do every Saturday but it is an extra special weekend,” said Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) CEO Jeremy Waldrup who is hoping to see about 50 volunteers show up at the group’s Liberty Avenue office Saturday at 10:00a.m.

The volunteers will be out spiffing up the streets and green spaces for about four hours according to Waldrup.

Pittsburghers venturing downtown on Friday night have at least two opportunities to experience the arts.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Spring Gallery Crawl takes place from 5:30 to 9 p.m., while the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's Night Market IV runs from 6 to 11 p.m.

1 in 4 Downtown Pittsburgh Residents Under 30

Apr 5, 2013

While Allegheny County is still the second oldest county in the U.S. in terms of residents' age, downtown Pittsburgh is bucking that trend.

According to the Census Bureau, about 17 percent (or 1 in 6) of the county's population is 65 years or older, but 27 percent of downtown Pittsburgh residents are under age 30. That's according to a new study by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP), which also found that 45 percent are under age 40.

A similar study in 2012 indicated 47 percent and 26 percent of downtown residents were under 40 and 30 respectively.

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Local leaders in business and politics highlighted the recent successes of downtown Pittsburgh on Tuesday as the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) released its annual report for 2012.

For one, Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl said he's happy with several new developments in the Golden Triangle, including a new skyscraper currently being built by PNC Bank and the revamped Market Square. He said some people were skeptical of the Market Square renovation at first.

"Now, they're (angry) that they can't get in for lunch or dinner," Ravenstahl said.