Will LG Realty’s development plan for Penn Plaza have a positive social and economic impact on the City of Pittsburgh? The below data from CMU Tech4Society and photos from East Liberty Photo Project argue that it won’t.

A few months ago, CMU Tech4Society created a series of maps and infographics to show the larger context of displacement that Penn Plaza is a part of. The group’s research found that displacement disproportionately affects Black and low-income people.

Now, these infographics have been adjusted for inflation. The new graphics make it clear that rents are rising in East Liberty at a higher rate than inflation can account for.

For more information on where the data for these graphics came from, visit Tech4Society’s website.

As you may know by now, LG’s development plan proposes more office and retail space in East Liberty. But if you’ve spent any time in East Liberty, you also know that there is already plenty of vacant commercial space in the neighborhood.

The East Liberty Photo Project has documented some of these empty storefronts, asking the question: “Do we really need more retail space in East Liberty?” Below are some of the project’s photos; follow along on Instagram for more.

View this post on Instagram

6007 Penn Ave

A post shared by East Liberty Photo Project (@eastlibphotoproject) on

View this post on Instagram

Penn Ave by Sheridan St

A post shared by East Liberty Photo Project (@eastlibphotoproject) on

View this post on Instagram

5542 Penn Ave

A post shared by East Liberty Photo Project (@eastlibphotoproject) on

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s