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About This GigaPanToggle
- Taken by
- Bob Bingham
- Explore score
- 0.82 Gigapixels
- Date added
- July 07, 2011
- Date taken
- July 07, 2011
Kudo's! More than a decade after the Nine Mile Run Greenway Project, 1996-2000, an artist directed research and community-based project, completed through the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon, the Urban Redevelopement Authority is finally giving the Nine Mile Run Greenway property to the City of Pittsburgh to be designated as a city park.
After a complex process of research and the facilitation of an involved conversation that included a wide array of interested constituents, the artists produced numerous documents of their research plus a number of local, national and international exhibitions and charrettes. All combined this was a catalyst that produced conceptual designs for a creative public greenspace that led to the formation of the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, that led to the largest, urban, ecological stream restoration in the United States. This could not have happened without the support of hundreds of participants and funding organizations to numerous to list here. However i must mention Bryan Rogers, former Head of the School of Art and Director of the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and Marge Myers, Associate Director of the STUDIO at Carnegie Mellon; Joan Blaustein, former head of special projects for the City of Pittsburgh, Department of City Planning, Indira Nair, former Vice Provost of Education at CMU; and Joel Tarr, Environmental Historian at CMU. Plus everyone who generously supported the project, especially the Heinz Endowments.
Now that the Nine Mile Run Greenway Project's mobile home, 'community resource center' which was removed in 2000, and the 1500 gallon underground water storage tank has finally been removed, Whew! let's get on with the park designation and all things positive in relationn to sustainable land use in the watershed; the stream and the greenway. Thanks to Golan Levin, current Director of the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry for removing this water tank/roadblock to park designation. It has been a long time coming!