Performance Measures for Downtown Development Plus Local & Regional Mobility

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, a civic educational, entertainment, and economic powerhouse for over three decades, hosted Pittsburgh 2030 District Partners for the January Partner Meeting. Trust employees shared their principles for the development of the 8th Street block as they continue to lead the transformation of Downtown’s Cultural District. Attendees also got a sneak peek at research from the Regional Transportation Alliance and updates on projects from Envision Downtown.

What We Learned

  • The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust manages over one million square feet of property and plans to develop a six-acre section of 8th Street. Working with Urban Design Associate, BuroHappold Engineering, LaQuatra Bonci Associates, Trans Associates, and Walker Parking Consultants, the Trust is focusing on several main principles while planning for 700-800 residential units.
  • Each of the principles, such as “Drive City Sustainability Priorities,” is connected to one or more of Pittsburgh’s p4 Performance Measures and the project is being aligned with other local initiatives as well. The Trust aspires for this to be a catalytic project for p4, showing others that success is possible. Interested in learning more about this tool? Join GBA on February 15 for p4 Performance Measures: In-Depth on Valuing People, Planet, Place, and Performance. Gain insights to the process of developing these measures, along with expectations and next steps for the city’s development.
  • The Regional Transportation Alliance has conducted extensive research and surveys of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s 10-county area, learning vital lessons about how local people travel. For the past 50 years there has been only one option: drive in a personal vehicle. Today, technologies such as car-sharing, bike-sharing, and smart infrastructure (like demand-adaptive traffic signals) are already altering transportation habits – and autonomous vehicles are still to come. RTA will publish a final report, expected in March 2017; register here to receive updates.
  • Did you know that 25% of land downtown is covered with roadways? Envision has already completed several projects, including the Smithfield “Super Stop” and Strawberry Way. Projects have been extensively documented, enabling other cities to replicate their successes.

Thank you to our host, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and our presenters: Brooks Robinson from the Trust, Steven Baumgartner from BuroHappold, Carly Dobbins-Bucklad from the Regional Transportation Alliance, and Sean Luther from Envision Downtown.

Each month, the Pittsburgh 2030 District holds a Partner Meeting convening Property, Community, and Resource Partners; sponsors; and other stakeholders to discuss the latest relevant happenings and information for the city. Meetings give building owners and facility managers the opportunity to share their successes and challenges. Additional speakers present industry information and updates on a variety of critical topics. It’s a closed-door, monthly forum where partners learn from each other through peer-to-peer dialogue and collaboratively plan for a sustainable and efficient future.

The Pittsburgh 2030 District’s goal is to have 100% property participation within the District’s boundaries. Join us! Visit our FAQs for more program information and our contact page if you have questions.

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