Mayor's monthly message

Dear Neighbors,

As we enjoy the beautiful weather Pittsburgh has to offer during the summer months, it is refreshing to venture outdoors and into our City neighborhoods. It’s also important to recognize the development and transformation happening all around us.  Not only is Downtown evolving, but every corner of Pittsburgh is feeling the change and economic growth of Pittsburgh’s Third Renaissance. While our City’s first and second renaissance brought development into Downtown, our current Third Renaissance is spreading economic development across all City neighborhoods.

With almost $5 billion in investment in Downtown, the heart of Pittsburgh continues to become more vibrant. With a new PNC skyscraper – slated to be the world’s greenest skyscraper, 30 new restaurants at Market Square and an $83 million Piatt Place development to include luxury condos and high-end restaurants, residents and visitors are finding more and more reasons to come Downtown. Successes like these are happening all across the City as economic development spreads into more neighborhoods, with projects like the new South Shore River Front Park, Larimer’s Environment and Energy Community Outreach Center, Garfield’s Glass Lofts and East End’s Bakery Square. Pittsburgh’s Third Renaissance is a renaissance of neighborhoods!

Despite the nation’s biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression, Pittsburgh has stayed on top. Utilizing this momentum, Pittsburgh has encouraged students to not only pursue higher education here but to continue living here after they received their degrees. Pittsburgh is one of only five U.S. cities – and the only city outside of Texas – that added jobs over the last decade. The most recent census shows that students are listening. Pittsburgh has more young people between the ages of 20 to 24 than ever before. We continue to encourage students and young professionals to choose Pittsburgh.

I believe that our City will continue to attract more economic development, competitive jobs and young families as we continue to expand our Third Renaissance into even more City neighborhoods. I look forward to the continued growth and revitalization that will ensure Pittsburgh remains “America’s Most Livable City.”

Luke Ravenstahl
Mayor, City of Pittsburgh