Recommendations for the revitalization of Market Square will be presented to the public at a Town Meeting on Market Square from 5:00 – 6:30 PM on October 17th at the Harris Theater (812 Liberty Avenue).
The Town Meeting will include a presentation of recommendations by Project for Public Spaces, a nonprofit organization specializing, world-wide, in the design, planning and management of public spaces. Their suggestions include landscaping changes, programming and amenities. In the future, Market Square could be sporting such elements as improved and artistic lighting, more outdoor dining and retail, a children’s play area and temporarychangeable art installations.
The revitalization effort kicked off in July as part of former Mayor O’Connor’s visioning process for Downtown Pittsburgh when the City adopted the Fifth and Market District Strategic Development Plan. The Plan was produced by Urban Design Associates for the City of Pittsburgh, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Then, in September, the public participated in a place-making workshop focused on Market Square. The workshop obtained input from a broad representation of community members and stakeholders as well as breakout group exercises and a facilitated brainstorming session.
“Public input and feedback from key stakeholders is essential to the success of revitalizing Market Square and the Central Business District,” said Patrick B. Ford, Director of City Planning. “The stakeholder meetings and public workshop provided the information we needed to evaluate what Market Square should be and how it could be used by the community.”
The Town Meeting on Market Square is free and open to the public. Reservations are NOT required.
Town Meeting on Market Square
Monday, October 16, 2006
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