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Triboro EcoDistrict Millvale

Pittsburgh River Towns Unite to Create Triboro EcoDistrict

Environmental issues do not observe political boundaries. As rivers and valleys tie regions together, they equally bind diverse communities to a shared future. In Pittsburgh, the three river towns of Millvale, Etna, and Sharpsburg are forging their own connections, and the newly launched Triboro EcoDistrict promises to be a model for neighborhoods around the country. […]

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Larimer Residents

There is No One Voice: The Complexities of Community and Development

People define place.  We know this, because as designers and community builders, we seek to create places that attract people, and eventually future investment. But those working in community development are equally familiar with the tense dynamic of public meetings, and the disjointed processes that are supposed to provide a direct connection to the people […]

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GBA Escapes the City to Find Community

Last Thursday, a group of GBA members momentarily departed the world. Tucked between train tracks, an asphalt plant, and the Highland Park Bridge, we spent 3 hours with nothing but good food, a local indie band, and each other’s life experiences. And we couldn’t be more thankful. The Choder family has been working on this […]

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Before I Die, I Want to Create Places that Matter

Pittsburgh is a city of places. Every cobbled alley has witnessed life, each precariously perched house somehow forming a part of our collective memory. It is tempting to understand the built environment as the realization of urban plans and architectural schematics. And in many ways, stones and concrete shape how we interact with space, where […]

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Campers enjoy some water play time at a Frick Environmental Center summer camp. Photo: Green Building Alliance

Pennsylvania’s Schools Have A Lead Problem, But There’s a Solution

Whether you have kids there, work there, or were recently there yourself: daycares and schools are where we spend a substantial amount of our lives — 1,000 hours for the average child per year to be exact. These places should be safe to spend time in — and free from the risk of lead contaminating the drinking water. In partnership with Women […]

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GBA Tries on the JUST Label, and It’s Just Right

Equity is officially #trending. Like its buzzy conceptual sisters (ahem: eco-friendly), equity has found its way into mainstream corporate communications, marking the newest iteration of responsible reporting. This verbal over-saturation has the same impact as an overstocked grocery shelf.  When every product claims to be “natural” or “healthy,” you stop paying attention and just grab […]

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The Silver Lining: Majestic Lane

“How can people of all races, ages, and backgrounds see Pittsburgh as a city that makes them strong, a city that opens their eyes to global realities, while still being on the ground?” As the City of Pittsburgh’s Deputy Chief of Neighborhood Empowerment, Majestic Lane supports the health and vibrancy of Pittsburgh’s 90 neighborhoods. His […]

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