LA Grocery is one of the last remaining grocery stores providing food and other essential services to the Larimer community. As the neighborhood redevelops through HUD's Choice Neighborhood Program, it is expected that the residential and commercial assets of the community will be rebuilt, rehabbed and expanded. In this project, we consider the grocery an important community asset that has the potential to powerfully affect positive change. In conjuction with these on-going initiatives, Design Center Pittsburgh partnered with Bridgeway Capital, the Larimer Consensus Group, and AE7 Pittsburgh to help LA Grocery explore the opportunity of expanding their commercial space and increasing their impact in the community.
Design Center is hiring a Director of Programs!
Design Center Pittsburgh is seeking a full-time Director of Programs to partner with communities to develop and implement community-driven design and planning projects in the Pittsburgh region.
The ideal candidate would have an interest in community development, policy and planning issues, demonstrated research and communication skills, and a commitment to social justice.
"Up on the Hilltop" - Brownsville Road Main Street
The City of Pittsburgh, the Mount Oliver and Knoxville Neighborhood Partnership, and Economic Development South (EDS) are currently garnering resources to support the commercial revitalization of Brownsville Road. Through their efforts, there has been significant investment in new sidewalks and handicap accessible ramps in the heart of the business district. To highlight these upgrades, community partners came together to organize "Up on the Hilltop" last December, a holiday event that showcased all of the positive opportunities that are taking shape in the community. As part of the revitalization, we have helped community partners gain access to data regarding the current condition of their commercial building stock, drafted design guidelines, and provided design consultations to property owners on the main street. Design Center Pittsburgh has been proud to support EDS's efforts to use design and planning to make the commercial district more inviting for businesses, residents, and visitors.
We are excited to have welcomed Natalie DiBucci as the community programs intern for the spring semester. She is an Urban Studies and Architectural Studies double major at the University of Pittsburgh and will be finishing up at the end of April 2017
What is one interesting thing you've learned while at Design Center?
At Design Center I have learned the importance of collaboration. After helping work on the preparations for "Be Informed: What is Affordable Housing?" I was able to research and understand the importance of mixed-income housing. Being able to work together with coworkers at Design Center has made the experience of helping communities more effective!
Get a Design Consult!
Our Design Consults program matches property-owners with professional designers who provide low-cost, on-site consultations to discuss property improvement ideas and renovation options. For a small fee, a professional designer can help a property owner understand the impact of their investments and realize how the value of design can add value to their homes and neighborhoods.
Call Earl Pearson, Community Programs Associate at
(412) 391-4144 x24 to get started!
"By studying both the “push” and “pull” factors, the group feels like they have a baseline of knowledge to start addressing some of the long-standing issues keeping African-American millennials from arriving and staying."