Reinvesting in Pittsburgh's Neighborhoods

The Case for Transit-Oriented Development

 A new Center for Transit-Oriented Development report explores the merits of rethinking transit-oriented development in mature transit cities such as Pittsburg and the importance of maintaining transit services.

"Reinvesting in Pittsburgh's Neighborhoods: The Case for Transit-Oriented Development" was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, a non-profit that advances neighborhood revitalization throughout the region.

The report identifies the potential that coordinated transit-oriented development (TOD) initiatives have to enhance Pittsburgh’s economic competitiveness; the value transit brings to the region; and the potential of leveraging both to make life more affordable and connect more people to jobs. The report also warns of the impact of transit’s current funding crisis and calls for a realistic, actionable regional vision to advance transit and TOD.
"In many ways, Pittsburgh is ahead other regions where transit connectivity and walkable neighborhoods are concerned," the report concludes. "Our existing, well-utilized transit network provides us with the transit frequency and reliability needed to maintain a good quality of life. Our historic neighborhoods offer the walkable communities other places try to replicate, as well as a rich historic building stock. But this is also a critical time of need to reinvest in these assets."
The report notes that better coordination of transportation investments with plans for housing, community infrastructure, social services, and economic development plans will enable the region to capture the latent market demand that exists for walkable, transit-oriented communities.
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