Office of Mayor William Peduto
Prestigious Gehl Studio to Establish Priorities for Downtown
Volunteers needed for next week's Public Space Public Life Survey

PITTSBURGH, PA (October 14, 2015) Mayor William Peduto is pleased to announce that Envision Downtown has engaged Gehl Studio, a global leader in urban research and design, to establish a Public Realm Action Plan for Downtown Pittsburgh. This process, to be completed later this year, will document how Pittsburghers use shared spaces in Downtown and set priority action items for improving mobility and livability to be undertaken by Envision Downtown in 2016.

“I am very excited to have Gehl Studio working in Pittsburgh to help inform our work in Downtown over the next year.” Mayor Peduto said. “Gehl’s work with Envision is particularly timely given Bjarke Ingles Group’s efforts in the Lower Hill District. We are bringing in top-caliber designers to partner with outstanding local talent -- all with the goal of strengthening Pittsburgh’s world class reputation.”

Gehl’s work in Pittsburgh will kick-off next week with a “Public Space Public Life (PSPL) Survey.” The survey will measure key indicators of success and identify areas for improvement throughout Downtown Pittsburgh. These indicators range from basic pedestrian counts at major intersections to in-depth assessments of how Pittsburghers use key corridors and public spaces in the Golden Triangle. Envision Downtown and Gehl Studio are in need of volunteers to help collect information for the PSPL on October 21st and 24th.  Anyone interested in this unique and exciting opportunity can learn more and register to volunteer at www.EnvisionDowntown.com/PSPL.

“We are very grateful to the Mayor and our foundation partners for helping to bring Gehl Studio to Pittsburgh,” said Sean Luther, Envision Downtown’s Executive Director. “Gehl’s work will accelerate our mission to make it safer, more attractive and convenient for everyone to get to, through and around Downtown.”

The PSPL will continue work begun as part of the inspirational P4 conference, held in Pittsburgh earlier this year. In keeping with the philosophy of P4, results of the PSPL will be shared with partners working throughout Downtown to establish performance baselines and set goals.  Final recommendations from the Public Realm Action Plan and critical components of the PSPL will be shared in January 2016 at Envision Downtown’s website: www.EnvisionDowntown.com and on Twitter at @EnvisionDwntwn.

About Envision Downtown

Envision Downtown is a privately funded, public/private partnership between the Mayor’s Office and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, formed to accelerate Downtown’s economic growth and competitiveness. Envision’s mission is to advance mobility and livability in Pittsburgh central neighborhoods by making it safer, more attractive and convenient for everyone to get to, through and around Downtown.  Learn more at www.EnvisionDowntown.com

Contact:: Sean C. Luther - Executive Director, Envision Downtown, at sluther@downtownpittsburgh.com or 412.906.9403.

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