Pittsburgh Strip District

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Presented at the 2009 Annual INTBAU conference in London, UK.

Previously Pittsburgh’s main location of fresh produce and meat wholesalers and dealers, the dock area of the strip district, located not too far away from the historic city, had become one of the most attractive historic market districts in Pittsburgh. It is filled with a variety of ethnic food purveyors, some art studios, antique dealers, unique boutiques and other such businesses. The urban design reconnects the site to the city, regenerating the one-half square mile area northeast of downtown Pittsburgh area of reclaimed land as an attractive and sustainable urban quarter. The master plan follows the principle of traditional urbanism, containing building groups, of mixed scale and use, and interconnected character areas that relate to local architecture.  Urban spaces are well defined and enclosed located within a varied network of safe streets, and open spaces.