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What Can Atlanta’s Civic Leaders Learn from Pittsburgh’s Transformation Story?

Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Museum
Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum

How does a region successfully engineer its own reinvention? That’s the question more than 100 of metro Atlanta’s most influential civic leaders will have on their minds as they head to Pittsburgh for this year’s LINK trip.

Today, Pittsburgh is regarded as one of the most livable regions in the nation. However, that status was earned with an intentional three-decade transformation to its economy and quality of life. And with today’s success also come challenges related to growth, development, and change at the neighborhood level.

To look at how the Steel City laid the groundwork for its own reinvention and at what it’s doing now to address challenges moving forward, LINK leaders will take part in one of five carefully-curated on-the-ground explorations.

These tracks will provide focused opportunities to learn how partnerships and collaboration are driving positive change in the Pittsburgh region and relate to similar issues in metro Atlanta.

Driving Innovation: The City/University Partnership

Pittsburgh's city-university partnership has made it a living lab for new technologies.
Pittsburgh’s city-university partnership has made it a living lab for new technologies.

Pittsburgh’s transformation story would not have been possible without leaders from the university, foundation, business, and public-sector communities coming together to chart a new course for the region’s economic future – one anchored by technology and innovation.

Learn more about how Pittsburgh has become a model for bringing these diverse entities together to build a stronger community — and what metro Atlanta can learn in order to advance our own public-private-university partnerships around smart cities technologies to improve residents’ lives.

The Hill District: Preserving Cultural Legacy and Fighting for the Soul of a Community

In the early 20th century, the Hill District was one of the most prosperous African American communities in the nation.
In the early 20th century, the Hill District was one of the most prosperous African American communities in the nation.

The Hill District is a collection of African American neighborhoods on the eastern edge of downtown Pittsburgh. Impacted in negative ways by urban renewal policies in the mid-20th century, the Hill is known for the cultural richness and vitality of African American writers, theater, and music — playwright August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle was written and set there.

Learn more about the trajectory of a historic community in the cross-hairs of redevelopment, the partnerships that are paving the way for a brighter future, and what lessons Atlanta can learn from Pittsburgh’s efforts to preserve a neighborhood’s cultural fabric.

 

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust + Cultural District

Pittsburgh stands out as having one of the most remarkable cultural districts in the United States.
Pittsburgh stands out as having one of the most remarkable cultural districts in the United States.

Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District is the heart of the region’s arts and cultural scene, and one of the clearest examples of the way region reinvigorated its quality of life. Learn more about the impact of long-term targeted investment in cultural resources aimed at transforming a specific geographic area —and consider what metro Atlanta can learn from Pittsburgh’s experience in leveraging arts and cultural assets to build a sense of place.

P4 Equity Measures: The Hazelwood Green Site

A rendering of Hazelwood Green
A rendering of Hazelwood Green

Like Atlanta, Pittsburgh now stands at a pivotal moment. Residential and commercial development in the city has accelerated on a scale not seen in at least a generation. This development boom presents many opportunities for the region as it continues its upward trajectory. However, this growth also creates challenges in terms of ensuring growth that’s equitable. Learn more about how the city is implementing equity measures to guide growth and development and what ideas we might take back home to metro Atlanta.

 

Building Welcoming Communities through Interfaith Relationships

The community response to the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue inspired many around the world.
The community response to the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue inspired many around the world.

The shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood on October 27, 2018, was a tragedy on a scale never experienced in Pittsburgh. The attack, in which 11 worshipers were murdered and seven were injured, represents the deadliest attack on a Jewish community in the United States. Learn more about the community response that inspired many across the world, and the lessons that civic and faith communities in metro Atlanta can learn from Pittsburgh.

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, the ARC offices will be closed Monday, May 27, 2019.

ARC offices will re-open on Tuesday, May 28.