(PITTSBURGH) March 19, 2013 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced a request for proposals (RFP) for the City’s new Population Renaissance Study, which will help Pittsburgh better position itself to competitively attract those who are relocating to urban areas. The study will use data and surveys to better understand the underlying factors that drive national trends of migration to cities. This study will build off PLANPGH, the City’s first-ever comprehensive plan.
“As Pittsburgh’s Third Renaissance continues to progress, our population is growing for the first time in decades and even more young people are calling Pittsburgh home,” Ravenstahl said. “This study will help continue this positive momentum by allowing us to learn what factors determine where people choose to live, and to enact policies that will retain and attract a diverse population to America’s ‘Most Livable City.’”
Pittsburgh experienced an estimated growth of nearly 2,000 people between 2010 and 2011. 2010 Census data shows that more young people between the ages of 20-24 call Pittsburgh home than ever before, and the City’s median age is 33. Many possible explanations for these trends will be examined, including municipal governance/structure, housing, transportation, schools and more. Mayor Ravenstahl’s goal is to integrate these findings into PLANPGH and craft future policy decisions based on them.
“Our growth over the last few years may be modest, but it validates a trend that has been hypothesized since the onset of Pittsburgh’s Third Renaissance - with sound planning and policies in place, we hope to keep that trend going for decades to come,” said Noor Ismail, Director of City Planning.
The RFP can be found on the Department of City Planning’s website. Proposals must be submitted to City Planning by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2013. The study is expected to take six to nine months to complete.
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