Throughout the city we have many places we refer to as greenspace. Many of these greenspaces are neglected areas that conceal trash, the foundations of buildings long gone, undesirable invasive plants, hazards and hidden dangers. The practice of simply letting nature reclaim land is not conducive to attractive or usable greenspaces. A proactive restoration approach must be taken to restore these greenspaces into assets that enrich the neighborhood.
The goal of the Fineview Greenspace Restoration Project is to develop and implement a greenspace restoration plan designed to restore and enhance the greenspaces in the Fineview neighborhood located on the north slope of the Allegheny River Basin. Scenic Pittsburgh is restoring these properties into usable greenspaces that will be valuable assets to the Fineview neighborhood.
Fineview has spectacular view of Pittsburgh. These views include Downtown, Strip District, Lawrenceville, Polish Hill, Hill District, Manchester, Mount Washington, and the West end and are a pleasant walking distance from Downtown. Scenic Pittsburgh believes once this area is restored, this Fineview scenic overlook will be as famous and desirable a destination as Grandview Avenue or the West End Overlook.
Pittsburgh was ranked the Best Downtown in America by Livability.com. The site listed Market Square, the Cultural District and walkability among several factors that make the Steel City the best in the country.
Check out the article to read more: "Pittsburgh Tops 'Best Downtowns' List
Here at Scenic Pittsburgh, we recognize the amenities the Downtown area and suburbs have to offer and work very hard to protect, preserve and promote them. We encourage you to browse the rest of our site to learn more about the work we do.
Last week, Scenic Pittsburgh secured a decisive victory at the Monroeville Municipal Planning Commission meeting.
The planning commission unanimously recommended denial of proposals to erect electronic billboards along the Parkway East. These electronic billboards have the potential to lower property values in Monroeville and constitute a grave safety hazard for traffic on the Parkway.
This proposal still needs to be voted on by Monroeville Municipal Council.
Please read all about this issue and victory by reading the following article:
Monroeville Planning Commission Won't Back Billboard Request
Are you visiting Pittsburgh during the holiday season? This weekly blog series will highlight the best views of the city you won't want to miss while you're here.
Today we begin with the West End Overlook. It is also referred to as the Elliot Overlook due to its location in Pittsburgh's Elliot Neighborhood.
The West End Overlook offers an ideal view of the Golden Triangle, the point where the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers meet to form the Ohio. The best time to photograph this view of the city is the late afternoon as the sun sets behind you.
The West End-Elliot Overlook Park was renovated in 2003 and includes stone benches and an air-conditioned building that has a wall of full-length glass windows, with restrooms and an observation deck.
The West End Overlook, Marlow St., Pittsburgh, PA 15205.
Fittsburgh recently published an article, "26 Rankings That Prove Pittsburgh Is Better Than Any Other City," which lists many of the various accolades and awards Pittsburgh has received. Number five on the list is "Must See View," which references the view of downtown from Mount Washington. Additionally, this accomplishment also ranks Pittsburgh's skyline as one of the best in the world.
In order for our skyline to remain beautiful, we must do our part to keep it clean and free from unnecessary advertising. Specifically Scenic Pittsburgh believes high-wall signs clutter our skyline. We are constantly pursuing legislation to regulate and limit this type of signage.
Please visit the Issues tab of our site to learn more about Scenic Pittsburgh's position on various scenic issues.
NEXTpittsburgh recently published an article called, "4 Reasons Why Pittsburgh Is Becoming a Buzz City."
The article details why Pittsburgh is a thriving city that embraces community development and growth. Current residents serve as consultants and innovative problem solvers.
At Scenic Pittsburgh, we strive to empower these residents by serving as a voice in the public space for the public good. We advocate for sustainable place-making and sound public policy in order to rid our city and region of visual blight.
We support organizations who work tirelessly to maintain the scenic beauty of Pittsburgh. One of the reasons why Pittsburgh is becoming a "Buzz City" is because environmental non-profits like Tree Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy have created green master plans to strategically approach our urban forests.
Along with these established organizations, community members are working with their City Council representatives to develop plans to address issues of traffic, sewage and storm water mitigation. One such community is District 7, which encompasses Oakland, Etna and the Hill District.
With such strong community support and dedicated nonprofit organizations, Pittsburgh will continue to grow and thrive.
Check out all of the reasons why Pittsburgh is becoming a "Buzz City" by reading the NEXTpittsburgh article here.