Greening of public spaces helps to make our densely built urban centers more vital and vibrant places to work, live and visit. The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has initiated and sustained extensive greening approaches in Downtown Pittsburgh for the past two decades. This work includes hanging floral baskets and street planters on key streets, gardens at the Point, planting over 500 trees and a green parking lot.
In 2007, WPC completed an assessment of downtown and offered recommendations for a variety of greening approaches in Downtown Pittsburgh. Many of the recommendations have been implemented. Just as important, this assessment has provided a general model of approach for greening of urban centers and has been valuable to communities outside the Downtown Pittsburgh.
- Environmental Impacts such as
- Modulation of temperatures and related energy savings
- Reduced stormwater runoff and pollution
- Improved air quality
- Increased habitat and biodiversity even in the most unlikely places
- Improved quality of life in communities with attractive green spaces
- Increased property values by up to 30% through the addition of trees and other greenery
- Hanging Baskets
- Downtown Planters
- Downtown Community Forestry
- Downtown Community Flower Gardens
- Projects with Downtown Partners
- Green Wall and Greener Parking Lot
- Katz Plaza and Theater Square
- The Water Cube Parklet
- The Mobile Parklet
- Strawberry Way & Smithfield Street Bus Stop
- Market Square
- Convention Center
- PARK(ing) Day
Please click on the image at right to read the report "Greening Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle: As Assessment of Opportunities for Downtown Greening." This WPC report has been influential for many of our projects with partners downtown.