I’ve been living in Pittsburgh for around 3 years now, and have been continually amazed at how fast the city is changing—every other day, it seems, some developer announces a new residential project or office building or retail/restaurant space (or, frequently, a mixed-use project combining all of the above).
The architecture and urban planning profession has a major problem when it comes to workforce—in general, it is lily white. The Heinz Endowments and School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon are hoping to diversify Pittsburgh’s planning community by recruiting some of the best and brightest minority students in America to come to the city for UDream, an intensive 18-week program that places them at top architecture and urban design firms. I wrote about UDream for my April column in Pittsburgh Magazine.
For the new issue of MIT Technology Review, I got the chance to examine a question that I’ve long wondered about: When it comes to the tech sector, can a smaller city like Pittsburgh actually play on the same level as San Francisco?
Out in the May issue of Pittsburgh Magazine: My profile of Ray Gastil, the city’s new planning director, who has a big vision for the future of Pittsburgh. We biked 25 miles around the city, covering downtown, Mount Washington, the South Side, Hazelwood, Oakland, and the Hill, so I could see neighborhoods through his eyes, and understand where Pittsburgh has been and where we’re headed.