Study: Pittsburgh’s Network Of Riverfront Parks Contributes To Boom In Development

DSC01818Pittsburgh’s riverfront parks system is not only a haven for rest, relaxation and recreation but an economic powerhouse that has helped to generate billions of dollars in development over the past 15 years, a study has found.

In that time, the $130 million invested in the 13-mile Three Rivers Park has helped to produce nearly $4.1 billion in development on and near the riverfront, according to the study by Sasaki Associates, a Massachusetts-based architectural and planning firm.

In addition, the study, commissioned by Riverlife and to be released today, determined that since 2001, property values along that stretch have jumped by 60 percent compared with 32 percent in the rest of the city.

“The pattern in Pittsburgh and in other cities across the country is clear: properties with close proximity to high quality park infrastructure increase in value more than properties that do not,” the report stated.

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Light Up Night, Games, Shows, Concert To Attract 400,000 To Downtown Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh from Mt. Washington

Pittsburgh from Mt. Washington

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership expects more than 400,000 people to jam Downtown on Friday night as Light Up Night coincides with a Penguins game, WPIAL championships at Heinz Field and a crowded Petersen Events Center in Oakland likely triggering traffic headaches and a parking shortage.

The Andy Warhol Bridge will close at 9 a.m.; the Roberto Clemente Bridge will close at 10 a.m., both remaining closed until midnight. A host of roads Downtown will close in the afternoon.

“With Light Up Night, we encourage people to use public transportation. People can look at parking on the North Shore and taking T,” said Leigh White, vice president of marketing and communications for the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

“There’s a lot of different, good options like parking at Station Square. People can come in early and have dinner, and it’s a great day to take in other things around town.”

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Wedding Aboard Pittsburgh’s Gateway Clipper Ends In Arrests

10259844_10152543533712792_17013999446815402_nA groom, his brother and a member of the bridal party were arrested early Monday when a drunken fight erupted after the newlywed was accused of harassing a server working at the wedding reception aboard the Gateway Clipper.

Mark Andrew Williams, 33, of Crafton, who had been married only a few hours, was charged with riot, harassment, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and public intoxication after his arrest during what a criminal complaint calls a “tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving situation” at 12:55 a.m. that drew a crowd to the Clipper fleet dock at Station Square.

His brother, David Williams, 35, of Plum, an off-duty state police officer, was charged with riot, assaulting two Pittsburgh police officers, resisting arrest and related crimes.

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Gateway Clipper Employee Jumps Into Monongahela River, Dies

10259844_10152543533712792_17013999446815402_nAn employee of the Gateway Clipper Fleet died early Sunday when he inexplicably jumped into the Monongahela River for a swim.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Sean Gittins, 23. Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Sonya Toler said he was with a group of people who went to a bar and returned to a boat at Station Square. He decided he wanted to go for a swim and jumped in. Gittins soon had problems in the water.

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Inaugural EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler To Draw Thousands

English: EQT Tower, Pittsburgh

English: EQT Tower, Pittsburgh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nearly 5,000 runners are expected to take part in Sunday’s inaugural EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler, including participants from more than 30 states and five countries, two Olympians and four American men who have broken 48 minutes for the distance.

The race, which is staged by Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon Inc., will begin near Station Square at 9 a.m. Sunday and finish Downtown, using a route similar to the one used for the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon. Participants will cross four bridges and go through the West End, North Side, Lawrenceville and the Strip District.

The addition of a $10,500 overall prize purse helped attract a strong field of elite runners, including Fernando Cabada, the former 25K American record holder, and three-time U.S. champion and Ian Burrell.

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Man Stabbed Outside Whim Nightclub In Station Square Parking Lot

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A map of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with its neighborhoods labeled. For use primarily in the list of Pittsburgh neighborhoods. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One man was critically wounded when another stabbed him outside Whim Nightclub in Station Square this morning, Pittsburgh police said.

Officers arrested Brion R. Harrison, 20, no address listed, on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and possessing an instrument of crime.

Mr. Harrison told police he went to Whim and, as the bar closed, approached several people, including the 20-year-old Homestead man he is now accused of stabbing.

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2 Men Rescued From Side Of Mount Washington

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Locator map with the Mount Washington neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania highlighted. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  The incline costs $2.50 each way.   The fee for a mountain rescue is $750.00.

Pittsburgh emergency crews safely rescued two people who were stranded on Mount Washington between the Wabash Tunnel and the Monongahela Incline after they attempted to climb down on foot.

The rescue attempt began around 3:45 p.m.  Both men were safely brought to the bottom of the 600-foot incline by 6 p.m.

“We just thought there was a shortcut,” said one of the men, whose name has not yet been released.  “We almost made it to the bottom, but then there was a 30-foot drop.  That’s not real easy to jump down.”

The other man suffered an ankle injury but declined transportation to the hospital.

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South Side Site Becoming Pittsburgh’s Second Compressed Natural Gas Station

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English: Symbol used for vehicles powered by compressed natural gas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A former Exxon station in Station Square is becoming the city’s second compressed natural gas station with the help of state funding announced this week.

The station, located near the T station at the edge of the Smithfield Street Bridge, is currently under construction.  It will be owned by Desdemona Holdings LP and operate under the American Natural Retail brand.

Desdemona Holdings received a $372,300 grant and $248,200 loan to help complete the project.  Desdemona is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cleopatra Resources LLC, a New York-based energy company with local offices near Homestead.

A timetable for completion was not given.

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