5th Avenue was once a vibrant street full of shops and restaurants. Over time affluent Pittsburghers moved to neighborhoods further away from Downtown. Handsome brick buildings were allowed to deteriorate, were condemned and boarded up. Uptown like many other inner-city neighborhoods lost iconic architecture. What was no longer fit for human habitation was replaced with a cement desert of parking lots.
Today those parking lots have become some of the most valuable real estate in the city of Pittsburgh. They are level parcels very close to Downtown with new zoning and located in the new Federal Opportunity Zone.
Spectacular renovation of a once blighted area is blossoming everywhere you look.
UPMC Mercy Hospital is building a 410,000 square foot 9-story tower where they hope to cure blindness.
The URA is developing the 5th and Dinwiddie Corridor. The Parcels & Director's Report from
Duquesne University is renovating the A. J. Palumbo Center and building the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse.
The Flats on 5th is an example of what is possible with the new UPR-A Zoning - a tall, modern building with luxury apartments.
The Bus Rapid Transit Line BRT is expected to be completed in 2022.
The Colwell Connector Trail is being developed to connect the Hill District, Uptown and West Oakland - maybe even the Eliza Furnace Trail.