Pittsburgh: from urban revitalisation to gentrification

Pittsburgh: from urban revitalisation to gentrification

IAU îdF / Note rapide International #8 – August 2017

Today, after decades of industrial, economic and demographic decline, the city of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) is cited as an exemplary instance of successful urban revitalisation. This study of the city’s revitalisation has focused on the emblematic Lawrenceville neighbourhood and the process of institutionalising citizen participation through local community organisations. Acting as economic development agencies, they first implemented active attractiveness-enhancing policies, before refocusing on their original social concerns to attempt to keep the gentrification process under control.

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