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Riverfront Pittsburgh

August 20th, 2006 · 20 Comments

My submission to last week’s carnival of real estate on virtual real estate received a “bummer” from brownstoner because I didn’t talk about Pittsburgh architecture.  So with the concurrence of the pine needle lawn’s discussion of metro lake homes on Friday and today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article on RiverParc in Pittsburgh, I thought I’d talk a bit about this coming waterfront development in Pittsburgh. 

 

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For those not from Pittsburgh, RiverParc is the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s proposed 700 housing unit development estimated to take 10 years to complete in full.  It is located in downtown Pittsburgh next to the theatre district and just a short walk across the river to PNC Park, where the Pittsburgh Pirates play. 

Already called a project “without equal in the United States today” and “different than most” privately funded real estate projects, the project has big shoes to fill.  While the current emphasis is on green building and integration with the arts area and riverfront, in my opinion, the development will see a number of residents purchasing primarily for its waterfront location downtown. 

Traditionally, Pittsburgh’s waterfront was the preferred location of the steel industry, other factories, and roads running along the rivers.  But that’s changing.  Washington’s Landing at the 31st Street Bridge has proven incredibly popular.  There are now trails for hiking and biking running along the rivers.  Heinz Field and PNC Park are located along the water. Station Square, SouthSide Works and the Waterfront in Homestead, three big retail, dining and entertainment complexes, are or soon will be places to enjoy the river views.  From fishing at the point on Wednesday’s during lunch, kayaking next to PNC Park, or rowing Pittsburgh, the waterfront is a big attraction to many residents considering Pittsburgh.  Even two of the three proposed casino locations for Pittsburgh are along the river.

For all the attention that RiverParc gets for its commitment to the arts, it should get equal attention for creating another attraction to Pittsburgh’s waterfront.  Another park along the river, called the Three Sisters Gallery, should add to the popularity of the waterfront during workday lunches in the summer and add entertainment options during the evening.

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Fortunately, for those of us who love the outdoors and the waterfront, it’s no longer necessary to go hours from the city to enjoy it. 

Artist renditions courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust .

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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Brownstoner // Aug 20, 2006 at 10:09 am

    Very interesting. Many cities grappling with the same issues. Thanks for posting!

  • 2 Carnival of Real Estate Blogs » Pine Needle Lawn // Aug 21, 2006 at 11:34 am

    […] Rob at Pittsburgh Homes Daily blogs about something that is close to our hearts here in Minnesota – waterfront living.  Rob’s article discusses a proposed 700 unit waterfront development in the cultural district of Pittsburgh.  The plans are beautiful – read about it here. […]

  • 3 TheLandlordBlog.com » Carnival of Real Estate Results Are In! // Aug 28, 2006 at 1:12 pm

    […] Pittsburgh Homes Daily presents Riverfront Pittsburgh, detailing an exciting waterfront real estate project, complete with artist renditions.  […]

  • 4 Joseph Noll // Oct 3, 2007 at 2:48 am

    I certainly hope this article is some kind of joke. Why on earth would such a design be planned for Pittsburgh? What appeal does this have to the local population? How does this design connect with Pittsburgh’s past while trying to embrace the future? This design seems like those of the 70’s. Thats right, big ugly buildings that were built in place of historical structures and that have no class or style to them. This idea seems to be in line with what certain developers had for Duquesne 30 odd years ago when they decided to tear down the towns business district to build a new “strip mall”. A few years later (and to this very day that I’m writing this) there is a vacant undesirable building where those buildings used to stand. Granted, we are lucky to have river fronts in our city, but must we ruin them by trying to compete with other booming areas of our city? Don’t we have anyone who is creative enough to design something that has its own niche, while also complimenting the rest of the downtown district of Pittsburgh? I don’t see how these structures reflect what our city is about and how this idea is going to bring businesses into downtown. I say the city planners needs to begin to understand who lives in their city and then figure a more idealistic and desirable plan for her population.

  • 5 Eric Beal // Nov 8, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    We need to get this moving Pronto, the city needs it. It’s natural beauty is too great to let it sit in its present state.

  • 6 RiverParc Suspended // Jun 2, 2008 at 6:30 am

    […] Recent News Coverage: Post-Gazette, Tribune-Review (here and here) Past Pittsburgh Homes Daily articles about the project: Riverfront Pittsburgh […]

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