Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Learning from the past?

Pedestrian-only streets and rerouting buses? The Post-Gazette reports that these ideas are now under consideration for the Market Square area in downtown Pittsburgh. Although there are some differences, this all sounds like something Pittsburgh has tried before--and it didn't work. See this Post-Gazette story on the failed redevelopment plan for East Liberty.

3 comments:

zp said...

I see Philadelphia's Chestnut Street, no good. I like checking in at AntiRust now and again myself . . .

Adam said...

But then there is hope: twenty years or so after the bad decisions, they reopened Chestnut St to traffic (and installed sidewalks that "bump out" at the intersections so cars can't park in the cross-walk). And some blocks of Chestnut east of 18th are starting to come back (although this is mainly west of Broad and east of 9th, and it's hard to tell how much is related to re-opening to traffic and how much would have happened anyway given the real estate boom in Center City over the last few years.)

Honored to have Pittsburgh's best-known hater of the New Yorker commenting here.

zp said...

Yowza. I've been living in Pittsburgh only 5 years but my east-west is all messed up. It took me a loooong time to figure out exactly where you said Chestnut St was "coming back" . . . I almost had to draw a diagram. In Philly it was so easy. New Jersey = East = Shore.

I've only been back to Philly a few times in the last 5 years. I noticed a lot of bustle, but not the specific Chestnut St changes you mentioned. Very interesting . . .