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Definitely an interesting mix. My wife still follows the local news. The crime is some of these old steel communities just outside the city is pretty crazy. Last week, a women walking home from work in Wilkinsburg was shot and killed for her tax return. My brother-in-law is a firefighter in city the city and spends more time administering Narcan than fighting fires.

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I would love to see a light rail line extended from just south of the  Steel Plaza station, and then heading out East along 5th Avenue to Oakland and then beyond to the busway near Bakery Square.  There it could connect to a long-proposed commuter rail line from downtown out to Oakmont and possibly to New Kensington.


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Unpopular take:

 

It's the mix of Conservatives and Liberals in the Pittsburgh city government that allows the city to do well.

 

Without stretching the meaning of the word, who are the "conservatives" in Pittsburgh city government? 

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U.S. Census reduces Pittsburgh region's latest population estimate

 

The U.S. Census Bureau reduced its population estimate for the City of Pittsburgh last year, according to figures released Thursday.

 

During the last census in 2010, the city had 305,704 residents.

 

As of July 1, 2017, the city's estimated population dropped to 302,407, the new data show. That's 2,610 fewer than the estimate released in 2016.

 

http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13685576-74/us-census-reduces-pittsburgh-regions-latest-population-estimate

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Pittsburgh is getting a man-made lagoon in the Esplanade, the planned North Side development which includes a Ferris wheel.

 

If all goes as scheduled, it will be the first urban lagoon in the world with the capability to convert from a “paradise-like turquoise body of water” with swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding and white sand beaches into a frozen skating rink.

 

Crystal Lagoons announced its partnership today with Millcraft Investments as part of the 15-acre mixed-use Esplanade development along the Ohio River in the North Side.

 

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Piatt expects to include a full-service hotel and a mix of condominiums, townhomes and apartments — 700 units in all — within the project, which is expected to cost more than $500 million.

 

Food and manufacturing incubators, water taxis and 300,000 square feet of office are planned, along with a marina and kayak rentals.

 

To complement the climate-controlled “Pittsburgh Wheel” — which will operate year-round — Piatt is even entertaining the possibility of launching a small “Pittsburgh Firsts” museum on the site.

 

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https://www.nextpittsburgh.com/city-design/pittsburgh-is-getting-a-two-acre-lagoon-and-ice-rink-in-the-esplanade/

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Pittsburgh authority plans 9 floors of high-end condos at former Saks site

 

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The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority board of directors on Thursday unanimously agreed to a limited partnership with a Washington County developer in building nine floors of high-end condominiums on top of a new Downtown parking garage in exchange for $2.2 million in air rights that the URA owns above the garage.

 

Washington-based Millcraft Investments is proposing 86 one-, two- and three-bedroom condos ranging in price from $260,000 to $2 million above the 580-space garage at 350 Oliver Ave., the former site of a Saks Fifth Avenue Department store, which closed in 2012.

 

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https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13860754-74/pittsburgh-authority-partners-with-developer-to-build-9-floors-of-high-end-condos

 

 

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$70 million Glasshouse at Station Square will feature 320 apartments, many transit options, river views

 

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In mid-December, Trammell Crow broke ground on Glasshouse, which is projected to have 320 luxury rental apartments when it is completed in 2019. Financed by Trammell Crow and Northwestern Mutual, the $70 million development will transform more than 15,000 square feet of land near Station Square, which has primarily been utilized for parking.

 

Residents will have access to a pool, a 335-space underground garage and outdoor kitchen and dining areas. In adherence with DEP regulations, archaeologist Christine Davis is exploring the site for glass artifacts, and the developer is partnering with Pittsburgh Glass Center to design unique glass elements for each unit.

 

“We also have a massive ‘jewel box’ amenity space — a two-story indoor space connected to a front ‘porch’ with a cantilevered roof for use during inclement weather,” adds Murray-Coleman. The architect is Baltimore-based firm Hord Copland Macht.

 

The site is along the Great Allegheny Passage, a popular bike trail that connects Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. Tenants will have access to their own free, on-site bike-share program through Healthy Ride.

 

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https://www.nextpittsburgh.com/latest-news/glasshouse-transit-oriented-development-under-way-at-station-square/

 

 

Bakery Square III Office Building

 

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CRAFT breaks ground on 68 townhomes that could change Upper Lawrenceville

 

In March, Toronto-based CRAFT Development Corporation will break ground on this site with 68 townhouses called Mews on Butler. Units will be available for pre-sale at prices starting in the low $400s. The expected completion date for the first phase of the development is in the fall.

 

The project will consist of a townhouse-style condominium community between 55th and 56th Streets on Butler Street. Two collections (called the Hanlon and the Gregory, after the property’s original owners) will offer units with 1,850 to 2,650 square feet of living space, two-car garages and other amenities.

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District 15 project in the Strip District is designed to attract talent

 

The first commercial building at Riverfront Landing, the master-planned site in the Strip District, will have 18-foot ceilings on its first floor and a direct loading dock. That will prove attractive to R&D companies, says Shawn Fox, president of Bridgeville-based RDC Inc.

 

“We’re in the Strip District and it’s the center of automated vehicles and artificial intelligence,” he says. “For robotics users, that ceiling height and direct loading dock can create a R&D-style space on the first floor.”

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Murdoch Office Building Oakland

 

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Oakland: Pitt Syria Mosque Site Mixed Use

 

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New Downtown office building may be in the works

 

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It stated only that the structure would be “centrally located within Downtown Pittsburgh and the Central Business District” and that it would include first-floor retail space.

Just where Highwoods could build in the Golden Triangle is a subject of speculation in the real estate community, given the scarcity of large tracts of vacant land.

 

 

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The company isn’t the only one looking to redevelop Downtown.

McKnight Realty Partners, whose holdings include the former Gimbels building, the Henry W. Oliver Building and the Grant Building, is pitching a plan to redevelop what it is calling a “high-profile building” Downtown for offices, retail, and restaurants. Izzy Rudolph, McKnight’s president of development, declined to identify the building, saying there was a nondisclosure agreement in place.

 

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I find it so strange that Pittsburgh, which is and has been experiencing a development boom for years, continues to lose population. They are seemingly building more than any of the 3Cs, but it continues to lose population both at the city and regional levels. I've also seen that their relatively small black population has been declining rapidly, too, so it might be kind of the Chicago syndrome at play. I really like Pittsburgh, and I know population doesn't tell the whole story when it comes to the health of a region or city, but their continued losses are puzzling to me, since the city is doing so much right when it comes to economic development and revitalization of neighborhoods. 

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I find it so strange that Pittsburgh, which is and has been experiencing a development boom for years, continues to lose population. They are seemingly building more than any of the 3Cs, but it continues to lose population both at the city and regional levels. I've also seen that their relatively small black population has been declining rapidly, too, so it might be kind of the Chicago syndrome at play. I really like Pittsburgh, and I know population doesn't tell the whole story when it comes to the health of a region or city, but their continued losses are puzzling to me, since the city is doing so much right when it comes to economic development and revitalization of neighborhoods. 

 

 

I'm not sure if Pittsburgh is developing more than the 3Cs. Maybe if either towers I noted above today get built, but overall, I would think that more is happening in the Cs.

 

Regarding population, it's complicated, but the short answer is that the massive lose of steel (and related) jobs starting in the 70s, but exploding in 80s caused an additional burden on population growth - even as portions of the metro started to gain in migration, the overall population change would still be a net loss due to natural decline.

 

The exodus of 30+ years ago created a unique issue for the metro of more deaths than births every year. Most metros - even ones with net migration loss, still have even modest gains from births. Not Pittsburgh.

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Office complex could be the latest addition to Station Square

 

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With the 319-unit Glasshouse apartment development at Station Square all but done, a Dallas developer is ready to move on to Glassworks — a new 122,000-square-foot office building.

Trammell Crow Co. has hired the CBRE real estate firm to market the new Class A office tower, with hopes of starting construction sometime this year.

 

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Busy news week. That said, the  Penguins development is a believe it when ground is broken thing considering how they keep pushing it back. Yet another reason why sports teams have no place in the development business. This news sounds more imminent though.

 

'Let’s do something great’ — Penguins unveil big new vision for former Arena site

 

 

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With two developers in place, the team expects to start construction on the first 274 units of housing in the fall, to be followed by development of a 200,000-square-foot office building with 50,000 square feet of retail in the winter.

The Penguins have hired the Buccini/Pollin Group, a Wilmington, Del.-based real estate company with a portfolio valued at more than $5 billion, to develop the office space and the other commercial aspects, including a 50,000-square-foot music venue and the food hall.

 

 

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In all, the new master plan calls for up to 1,420 units of housing, 810,000 square feet of office space, 190,000 square feet of retail, 50,000 square feet of entertainment, and a 220-room hotel.

 

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