The CAP is a project in Pittsburgh “fixing the mistakes” of Urban Renewal. The Crosstown Blvd was built in the 1960s creating a freeway in a canyon dividing the Lower Hill neighborhood from downtown. The Lower Hill neighborhood, formerly predominantly poor and black, had already been demolished by this point to make way for the Civic Arena and other cultural amenities that were never built.
The CAP is a park on a bridge being built over the Crosstown Blvd and is intended to reconnect downtown and the Lower Hill, while the Lower Hill is being rebuilt by the Penguins hockey team. Construction began in June 2019 and is expected to complete in November 2021.
This blog post is part of an on-going photographic series to watch the development and usage patterns of the CAP. Periodically, approximately once every six months, I return to the site to take new photographs. In addition, I include links to articles about the project that I’ve encountered since the previous post in the series. At the end of the post, there are links to all the previous posts in the series.
The CAP in the News:
WPXI and the Post-Gazette both shared an update on the project in March noting that construction had progressed far enough for the outlines of a park to begin to be recognizable.
Previous Posts in the Series:
Keeping an Eye on the CAP: Dec. 2020
Keeping an Eye on the CAP: Jun. 2020
Keeping an Eye on the CAP: Dec. 2019
Where Wylie Avenue “Used To Be”
A Visual Telling of the Urban Redevelopment of Pittsburgh’s Hill District
I want sketches of where lost buildings were along Wiley Avenue
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Where Wylie Avenue “Used To Be” A Visual Telling of the Urban Redevelopment of Pittsburgh’s Hill District
Thank you for sharing. This website provides great background on the history of what happened and is happening to the Hill District in the name of urban renewal.
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