Equitable Development: The Path to an All-In Pittsburgh

Sarah Treuhaft

Despite a recent development boom, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has experienced growing racial gaps in poverty, wages and employment over the past five years. This new joint report from PolicyLink, NeighborhoodAllies and Urban Innovation 21 sets forth an agenda for equitable development that prioritizes low-income residents, communities of color, immigrants, and others who have so far been excluded from Pittsburgh’s economic growth. Recommendations include expanding the use of community land trusts, leveraging anchor institution spending, and implementing diverse and local hiring and purchasing requirements for public projects:


"Pittsburgh is a city on the rise. After decades of decline following the collapse of the steel industry, the region has successfully transformed its manufacturing economy into one driven by knowledge and technology. Young college graduates are moving in and a thriving start-up and entrepreneurial culture has taken root. A development boom is also underway, with some 8,000 new market-rate homes coming online not only downtown, but also in neighborhoods like East Liberty, Lawrenceville, and Uptown..." Read full report.

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