Penn Avenue Arts District
The Penn Avenue Arts District sprung from the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative, a collaboration created in 1998 as a way to revitalize the Penn Avenue Corridor (4800-5500 Penn Avenue) through the arts. Part of a larger community development strategy that weaves together neighborhoods and facilitates residential, commercial and cultural projects, the PAAI has been a joint project between the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation (BGC) and the Friendship Development Associates (FDA) Inc. In 2006, Penn Avenue was designated a MainStreets Pittsburgh district. The "Main Streets Program" is a national, volunteer-driven program created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to restore cities to bustling and vigorous urban settings. The Main Streets Program compliments the revitalization efforts that had already been taking place along the avenue through PAAI and together they work toward the overall goal of making Penn Aveneue a diverse, culturally and socially, thriving arts and business destination.
Today with the help of the URA Mainstreets Pittsburgh Program, Community Technical Assistance Center and the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, Penn Avenue Stakeholders, Friendship Community Group and local residents from the surrounding neighborhoods, Penn Avenue is currently the object of a strategic planning process to define a fresh set of goals and objectives for its continued revitalization over the next five years. We have completed our community input meetings and will now be engaging in structuring and writing the document, as well as planning the workload and yearly work plans.
We will post the final draft here on the website sometime near the end of December. If you have any questions about the process or wish to get involved in any way, please contact Samantha McDonough at 412.389.5521.
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