PITTSBURGH, PA (November 4, 2021) – The City of Pittsburgh has partnered with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership to launch a public survey to gather feedback on the future of the Smithfield Street corridor from community members who work, live, and play there.
The Smithfield Street and Public Space Visioning Survey is part of Smithfield Reimagined, a community-based process to create a long-term vision and plan for the Smithfield Street corridor, which has served as an important destination in Downtown Pittsburgh for over 200 years. The project is one of nine high-impact priorities identified in the Downtown Mobility Plan, a unified mobility and placemaking plan for Downtown Pittsburgh’s streets released in May 2021.
"Smithfield Street plays a vital role in the Downtown experience and is amid a reemergence, with hundreds of millions of private development dollars being invested along the corridor. This project will ensure that Smithfield Street will be a welcoming, walkable, and vibrant destination that celebrates its historic legacy, and where the Pittsburgh community can continue to ‘meet under the clock’ for decades to come,” said Mayor William Peduto.
The survey results will be used to inform continued work along Smithfield Street and help guide future redevelopment in the area. The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure is currently planning a $9 million reconstruction of the street between Forbes and Sixth Avenue to begin in 2023 and will use this long-term vision to inform specific design decisions.
In the past year, the Department of City Planning and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership have already gathered feedback on the project from community stakeholders such as Downtown residents, property owners, employers, small businesses, non-profits, community groups, and more.
“We are grateful for the partnership both with the City of Pittsburgh and with stakeholders in the Downtown community” said Chris Watts, Vice President of District Development for the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. “This next round of feedback from the public will build upon what we’ve heard while directly guiding both upcoming short-term pilot projects and the long-term health and revitalization of one of the City’s most important corridors.”
The Smithfield Street & Public Space Visioning Survey is now live and will be available through Sunday, December 5, 2021. Downtown residents, workers, and visitors are encouraged to take the survey, available on the Reimagining Smithfield EngagePGH page.
Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Media Contact:
Colten Gill, Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications