My submission to last week’s carnival of real estate on virtual real estateÂ received a “bummer” from brownstonerÂ because I didn’t talk about Pittsburgh architecture.Â 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.Â
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.Â 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.Â
Traditionally, Pittsburgh’s waterfront was the preferred location of the steel industry, other factories, and roads running along the rivers.Â But that’s changing.Â Washington’s Landing at the 31st Street Bridge has proven incredibly popular.Â There are now trails for hiking and biking running along the rivers.Â Heinz Field and PNC Park are located along the water.Â Station Square, SouthSide WorksÂ and the Waterfront in Homestead, three bigÂ retail, diningÂ and entertainment complexes,Â are or soon will be places to enjoy the river views.Â 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.Â 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.Â Another park along the river, called the Three Sisters Gallery,Â should add to the popularity of the waterfront during workday lunches in the summer and add entertainment options during the evening.
Artist renditionsÂ courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust .