Walkable Urban Places

Ideas Sought To Improve Busy Downtown Intersection

Jun 23, 2015
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Designing roads in an area that comes to a point, rather than a square grid, is an infrastructure challenge unique to the Golden Triangle that burdens city planners with a bustling intersection joining Stanwix Street, Liberty Avenue, Penn Avenue and Forbes Avenue.

How Walkable is the City of Pittsburgh?

Aug 13, 2014
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George Washington University recently published a study naming the nation’s most walkable cities. These cities attract talented young professionals, who are drawn to urban spaces in which the major business and retail areas can be traversed by foot.

Pittsburgh ranked 9th in the nation. Patrick Lynch, research and development manager for the George Washington University Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis, said Pittsburgh could see its ranking drop in the future.

“That [drop] is mainly due to the fact that premiums for office rents in walkable places in Pittsburgh were a bit less than we found in some other cities," he said.

Pittsburgh has been ranked one of the nation’s most walkable cities for years, but a new study suggests if the city wants to attract young talent, it needs to be even more walkable.

According to a report released by the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University, Pittsburgh is a city of “moderate walkable urbanism,” meaning more than 70 percent of walkable urban office and retail space is located in the central city.