Introducing PGHretail’s sister site, PGHshare!
PGHshare is dedicated to sharing ideas about sustainable transportation for Pittsburgh. Now in Phase 2 with Ideas & Movement, we’re ready to open our site for your feedback and support.
We’ve put together a package of ideas from other cities and updates on how some are already in development. Our transportation climate has been rough to weather more recently than ever.
Though things are looking brighter with various initiatives underway, like GoBurgh, the BRT from gettherepgh.org/, there is still much to be done about making Pittsburgh a more livable city with adequate public transportation options.
Check out PGHshare’s website and find us on Facebook for updates specifically about transportation projects happening in the city!
I am forever optimistic, even in the situation that say, PGHretail comes in second in a one award grant decision, there’s still so much to learn and be grateful for in the experience. So, despite the sad news that we are unable to fund a large bang to the beginning of this social-venture, we are nevertheless on the street learning and networking with those who share a passion for growing communities.
We went to CityLab’s hosted event for StrongTown’s Curbside Chats at the new BrunoWorks in downtown Pittsburgh. You can hear a short podcast update about their Pennsylvania Curbside Chat tour that we sat in on and were definitely re-inspired to continue this seemingly strange relationship between business corridor and public transportation success.
If you’re interested in how our highway, road, stroad, and street infrastructure is a black hole sucking our tax dollars- you should definitely check out their blog. If you get past the fury that is what most feel towards politics and government, it does open the perception of what exactly transportation was intended to be and begins to mull over the tedious question of how it should become in regards to lifestyles, business, necessity, and luxury.
Post Gazette Article
Check out this article!
Pittsburgh is a great city and has many wonderful assets like, parks, bridges, sports arenas, colleges, shopping, cute neighborhoods, low cost of living, you get the picture. Now, Pittsburgh’s want to use its’ existing assets, like the Port Authority, could be a little big greater which make them that much more wonderful.
One of the biggest issues besides the political nature of a government run public transportation [PT] system, is its’ ridership. The Port Authority and the catch 22 situation of expanding bus routes or investing in other modes of transportation come down to this: if there is no destination, there is no need for a route. On the flip-side, business corridors may think: there is no route, what will happen to my destination?
Having lived and worked and visited other transportation systems in US and foreign cities, Pittsburgh could use some upgrades and improvements. Yet the only way an investment will work is if the people use it. I’ve been a big advocate of light rail, yet in this highlighted article above, an expert states this may not be a viable type of transport for this city. He also highlights how the lack of riders on a bus will actually increase the carbon foot print in comparison to the energy used for a single rider in a car.
Look in Pt. 2 for additional considerations and information regarding our need to utilize the existing assets our city has that will benefit you, your community, and the world as a whole.
PGH Retail will be submitting a grant to the Sprout Fund’s request for proposals that involves Pittsburgh’s Public Transportation and our community.
We can’t just yet release the details, however, after being involved with some of PoP City’s Social Innovation Exchanges (SIX), we have exchanged and heard many of the ideas about how we [the people of Pittsburgh] would like to see this evolve.
The programs we are proposing will include the many business corridors in our neighborhoods, special promotions via the Port Authority & small businesses, and engagement with communities about access and alternatives to public transportation that will grow the activity of our vital business corridors.
In the effort to keep shopping local [ie. locally owned, locally grown, and locally produced products] and reduce Pittsburgh’s carbon foot print, we will be organizing events that will produce a lasting impact on communities and their mobility to reach our shopping districts.