We’re all in the business of building a better Pittsburgh so let’s get down to it
Affordable transportation and affordable development are cornerstones of an equitable city. These cornerstones are shaped by countless forces – legislation, funding, demand, planning, special initiatives, the list goes on. Right now in Pittsburgh we’re seeing some exciting things happen on many of these fronts:
- This year, Pittsburgh became a finalist for the Smart City Challenge, an award worth $50 million to be used to implement smart transportation.
- Mayor Peduto’s Affordable Housing Task Force just issued a list of recommendations to improve housing affordability in the city.
- The Department of City Planning is putting the final touches on a Complete Streets Policy that will help guide future development.
Pittsburgh is onto something big, but how are these pieces working in concert to provide a foundation on which to build a better Pittsburgh? BikePGH is bringing together some of the people behind the initiatives to discuss their goals, synergies and contribution to a more walkable, bikeable, affordable Pittsburgh, including;
- Matt Barron, from the Heinz Endowments, & Daniel Barrett, from the Mayor’s Office, who will talk about the Smart City Application and how it will help encourage affordable transportation in Pittsburgh.
- Linda Metropolis, CEO of ActionHousing and member of the Affordable Housing Task Force, who will present on the creation and protection of affordable housing in walkable and bikable communities.
- Corey Layman, from the Department of City Planning, who will speak about zoning regulations and how they provide structure that helps ensure equitable neighborhoods and shapes complete streets.
BikePGH invites you and your colleagues to join us for their presentations at DeepLocal’s Strip District office. Don’t forget to register for the event.
Thursday, June 23rd
6:15pm // Networking
6:45pm // Presentations by
Department of City Planning
8pm // End
Food Trucks Outside + Free Beer Inside
It is crucial that we speak up in support of improved transportation and affordable housing investment. Please be sure to attend the City of Pittsburgh’s Capital Budget Deliberative Community Forum on Tuesday June 21 to advocate for budget commitments to these issues.