…smack dab in the middle between two of PA’s largest economic generators, Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland, in one of the highest performing transit corridors in the region — with state-of-the art transit systems on the horizon.
[ Jeanne McNutt, Executive Director, Uptown Partners ]
Uptown Partners of Pittsburgh propels this underserved neighborhood forward. Uptown was once a bustling, diverse neighborhood of residents and businesses. But poverty, chronic apathy and disinvestment has been the norm for the better part of the past half-century. Residents and others have watched the neighborhood fabric disintegrate through deterioration and demolition. Today, every fifth house is in poor condition, 25% of real estate is surface lots and only 66% of buildings are fully occupied.
But there’s good news!
Over the past four years Uptown has organized and is focused on a common vision for the future. Its residents, businesses and institutions are determined to work together to create a vibrant community.
Uptown’s partners include change-makers at the Mayor’s Office, City Planning, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development, Duquesne University, UPMC Mercy, McAuley Ministries and Metropulos Development. To create a dynamic Fifth/Forbes corridor, Uptown has teamed with Oakland Planning and Development Corporation, the PCKIZ and the Hill House Economic Development Corporation.
and Uptown Partners on the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development Multi-Corridor Strategy.
UP Partners and Collaborators
NeighborWorks Western PA
Hill Consensus Group
Oakland Planning and Development Corp.
Hill House Economic Development Corp.
Pittsburgh Partners for Neighborhood Development
Community Design Center of Pittsburgh
Community Technical Assistance Center
Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group
Port Authority of Allegheny County
UPMC Mercy Hospital
City of Pittsburgh Zone 2 Police Department
Urban Redevelopment Authority
Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone
Uptown Business Community
Consol Energy Center
Duquesne Light Company PA
Dept. of Transportation
Grow Pittsburgh GTECH
Western PA Conservancy
Pittsburgh Association of the Deaf
Sal Williams Real Estate
Community Impact—Dale McNutt
It’s PEOPLE, that matter — the deeper realization for sustainability of human spirit and opportunity — as much as the generation of dollars based on innovative ideas that drives sustainable economic development. StartUptown is uniquely poised to help. By embedding young technology and socially innovative entrepreneurs in the underserved, Uptown/Hill community this opportunity can take hold — spurred by the advantages of being in the Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone; in the vital corridor linking Oakland’s university/medical center and Downtown Pittsburgh; alongside the Second Avenue technology strip. In this startup coworking space questions are asked about community development — ”How does it happen? At what speed?” — and are answered, “It only happens through local residents, businesses and anchor institutions taking charge — creating a neighborhood organization that makes productive noise. It’s grassroots. It’s democracy at it’s messy finest.” StartUptown aspires to be an integral part of this community-building process by developing an entrepreneurial campus that can retain a startup through an extended incubation period, and growth of up to 20-50 employees. It will educate and cultivate both sides — community and entrepreneur — about the accrual of economic advantages in working side-by-side.