"End of the Line"
Bus Billboard Collages
[ see them on the buses ]

Urban Removal | Neighborhood Gardens | Local Heroes | Community-based Renovation | Neighborhood Libraries

Urban Removal
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A strong theme that emerged from our interviews at library workshops is the impact of large road and building projects on Pittsburgh's residential neighborhoods. Even the threat of such construction is enough to deflate housing values and send an area into decline. People spoke of the horrors that noise, debris, dislocation and permanent disruption highway construction can have on their community. These projects clearly serve the interests of suburban and outlying populations at the expense of city residents.
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Neighborhood Gardens
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There are numerous community gardens that sustain the aesthetic and culinary needs of Pittsburgh's city residents. They are maintained by hundreds of volunteer gardeners. We found several garden based beautification projects located in small areas adjacent to PAT bus stops. Garden enthusiasts can also meditate on the artwork and architectural remnants in the beds of the Olde Allegheny Garden Society or catch scenic views of the Northside between ears of corn in a community vegetable garden on the slopes of Polish Hill.
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Local Heroes
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At every workshop we heard stories of the unsung heroes of Pittsburgh, the people whose daily contribution to their fellow Pittsburghers made their neighborhood a positive place to live. Although most of these people will never get a statue in their honor or a bank to bear their name, we feel it is critical to acknowledge their role in building their communities. We feature one such person, Ruth Rosfeld, as a symbol of the numerous individuals whose civic excellence truly illustrates the motto of Pittsburgh as "America's Most Livable city."
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Community-based Renovation
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The flip side to "urban removal" is the pro-active stance that neighborhood groups are taking to improve the physical conditions of buildings in their areas. Through their efforts many dedicated workers counteract the media stereotypes of the inner-city neighborhood as a place of danger, apathy and physical decay. Their projects range in size and scale and many organizations, such as Youthbuild based in Homewood, have social missions such as training and educating young people, that allow them to impact the community beyond just renovating old homes.
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Neighborhood Libraries
(announcement poster for bus interiors)
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Our announcement poster celebrates the six participating Carnegie Branch libraries as centers of their neighborhoods and doorways to knowledge. Images also honor the community workshop process whereby many individuals contributed stories, images and time to the "End of the Line" art project.
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