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Scenic Pittsburgh Launches Fineview Greenspace Project
Pittsburgh is lucky to have many places we refer to as greenspaces. Greenspaces can be amazing scenic resources, but unfortunately, due to lack of regulation, many of these greenspaces are neglected areas that collect trash, undesirable invasive plants, and hazards and hidden dangers. The practice of simply "letting nature reclaim the land" doesn't usually work well. A proactive restoration approach must be taken to restore these greenspaces into assets that enrich the neighborhood.
The goal of Scenic Pittsburgh's Fineview Greenspace Restoration Project is to develop and implement a greenspace restoration plan designed that will enhance the greenspaces in the Fineview neighborhood located on the north slope of the Allegheny River Basin. Scenic Pittsburgh is planning to restore 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, Fineview will take its place among Pittsburgh's famous overlooks, such as Grandview Avenue or the West End Overlook.
Billboard Messages Called "Upsetting" and "Racist"
Billboard messages, like speech of all kinds, is protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. Once a community allows billboards into their community, they cannot regulate the content on those billboards.
The recent billboard controversy along Route 422 in Worthington, Armstrong County has caused controversy, because despite it being protected speech, it is an example of what billboards can do at their worst.
This is why it is so important for communities to review and update their billboard zoning ordinances to protect their town and our children from hate speech - as well as from advertising that glamorizes casinos, liquor, and so-called "gentlemen’s clubs."
This is an example of why Scenic Pittsburgh is dedicated to helping those who are interested in passing zoning ordinances that protect the scenic quality and character of their community.
If you have not been following the controversy in Worthington, here are some links that tell the story:
WPXI from March 5th
WPXI from March 27th
Even SUNOCO Does Not Approve
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Columnist Tony Norman
Scenic Pittsburgh In the News
"Gem" of the City in Disrepair: Grandview Fix will Take Millions, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 2019
VIDEO: Scenic Pittsburgh's Mike Dawida and Dave Demko on Billboard Pollution Especially Sprint's Billboard, CBS Sunday Business Page, January 9, 2019
Scenic Pittsburgh Director Asks PA Legislators To Regulate Billboards for Highway Safety, WESA, October 2014