Envision Downtown is a public-private partnership created by City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto + the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership to craft a 21st century vision for the sustainable and efficient development of a Downtown for all.
Introducing: Life on Liberty a street life + transit plan to develop demonstration improvements on Liberty Avenue, one of Downtown Pittsburgh's most important arteries.
The project is aimed at developing demonstration pedestrian, economic development, and transit improvements for Liberty Avenue. Over the past few years Envision Downtown has heard from the community on what they would like to see on Liberty Avenue by leading stakeholder meetings, hosting the Liberty Lab, and facilitating an on-line survey.
Life on Liberty has been an interactive engagement process that allowed participants to share their current experience on Liberty Avenue. Targeted areas that have been identified are: bus stop improvements, transit priority measures, expanded public space, and improved access for individuals with limited mobility, among other issues.
The projects to develop from the lab will take the form of demonstrations and pilot programs similar to the bus stop improvements at Smithfield Avenue and Sixth Street and Liberty Avenue and Tenth Street, as well as the Strawberry Way Mural and pedestrian amenities also completed by Envision Downtown during the last 18 months. Gehl Studios, an international architecture firm known for improving the quality of urban life by re-orienting city design towards people, has been working with Envision Downtown to develop a Public Realm Action Plan. Life on Liberty is an extension of this Plan