• The Road to Sustainability


    In a region conceived around the principles of sustainability, clean, healthy air is an undisputed staple. Southwestern Pennsylvania is not there yet. The air has markedly improved from the days when industry was the backbone of the economy. Yet, in the best of years, it’s only good enough to warrant a healthy rating on one-third... More

  • Clusters of Vacant Housing Await


    Clusters of Vacant Housing Await - Pittsburgh's slowly emerging landbank

    One year after the City of Pittsburgh passed an ordinance enabling it to create a land bank, the new tool for addressing vacant and blighted properties on a large scale remains a work in progress. Whenever it is ready, it will have plenty of work to do. More

  • Blueprint of a Landbank


    Land banks are seen as a promising way to stem the spread of vacant and abandoned property. A recent business plan by the Steel Valley, Twin Rivers and Turtle Creek Valley councils of government offers a glimpse of what a local land bank might look like. Here are the highlights. More