Mobile Workshops

Below are the 2016 Mobile Workshops. These workshops will take place on Tuesday, May 17th from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm.  These workshops include a box lunch, and all they occur at the same time. These workshops will be cancelled if sufficient participation is not reached.

It Takes a Village: Addressing Vacancy Through Community Partnerships in Pittsburgh’s Northside

(bicycle tour)

There’s lots to love, because lots need love. And you can see it happening by bike – for free!

GTECH’s work with key partners over the past three years, in Pittsburgh’s Northside, has resulted in a community that emphasizes creativity and collaboration while tackling issues such as blight and vacancy. The bike tour will highlight GTECH’s Green Playces project which was completed in partnership with Propel Schools, as well as 2 of our Ambassador projects completed over the last three years. We’ll leave the Omni William Penn to pick up our swanky Healthyride bikes, then head to Northside. At the first stop, you will hear our partner Propel Schools discuss community involvement as well as creating an outdoor classroom for their students and and how students informed those decisions. The tour will participate in a small maker camp, where a piece of artwork will be created to install on-site. Our second stop will be a GTECH Ambassador site, where Diana Bucco – Vice President of the Buhl Foundation – will discuss our Ambassador programming, the Northside Asset Mapping project work that’s facilitating a bike/walk transportation trail that highlights key assets in the community. Finally, GTECH Ambassador Lisa Freeman in Manchester about the Ambassador program’s impact on the surrounding neighborhood in addition to the level of community engagement the Manchester Growing Garden has afforded the community. The tour will emphasize the collaborative process to accomplish a powerful neighborhood where community takes shape and people want to live, work and play in the area.


  • Ian Brown: Project Manager, Policy and Evaluation; GTECH Strategies
  • Diana Bucco: Vice President, Buhl Foundation
  • Lisa Freeman: Project Manager, Manchester Growing Together Community Garden
  • Kristen Golomb: Director of Innovation, Propel Schools
  • David White: Executive Director, Pittsburgh Bikeshare

If you do not have a HealthyRide account, please register beforehand at this link or  PCRG will reimburse you the $1 registration fee.

PCRG and HealthyRide do not provide protective gear, including helmets, for this ride.  Riders are encouraged to bring their own gear if they desire. PCRG will require that participants sign a waiver on-site prior to riding.

From Concept to Implementation: the campaign for green infrastructure, community investment, and compliance

(tour via traditional trolley)

The Clean Rivers Campaign has dramatically changed the dialogue around and course of our region’s sewer investment from one that prioritizes gray infrastructure to one that is “green-first and green-preferred.” The presentation will begin with an overview framing the five-year community and coalition campaign to impact this shift toward a maximum investment in green infrastructure, the community benefits and amenities that come with it, and the current outlook on strategic sewer and stormwater management planning and implementation. The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and Nine Mile Run Watershed Association will then describe these green investments at varying scales and the nuts and bolts of taking an idea from concept to implementation. They will use real examples from our parks and neighborhoods to discuss that process as well as the community benefits that come from strengthening our urban fabric with green infrastructure.


  • Michael Hiller, LEED GA, Director of Policy & Outreach, Nine Mile Run Watershed Association
  • Jennifer Rafanan Kennedy, Campaign Director, Clean Rivers Campaign
  • Susan Rademacher, Parks Curator, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.

A Busway Runs Through It: How multi-modal transit systems connect communities and catalyze markets

(includes fair amount of walking)

This unique rolling workshop will explore questions in two places – each distinct, linked by rapid transit. We will start Downtown, where Envision Downtown will discuss the Public Space, Public Life study conducted with Gehl Studio. Charged with crafting a “21st century vision for the sustainable and efficient development of a Downtown for all,” the resulting data is helping prioritize street life and pedestrian condition projects. Through a similar lens, Port Authority of Allegheny County’s Station Improvement Program assessed its 70+ stations to determine where upgrades could lead to ridership gains and transit-oriented development opportunities. We’ll discuss walksheds, station amenities, census data, and all the information that came together to evaluate stations on transit amenities, neighborhood orientation, and development potential and momentum.

We then depart for East Liberty, via the East Busway, to learn about how transit-oriented development and infrastructure improvements converged to create community-building assets, connect Obama Academy to transit, provide new affordable housing, and the opportunity for a car-free/light lifestyle in one of Pittsburgh’s fastest-redeveloping neighborhoods. A robust discussion will be had about what the development has meant – good and bad – and the data and community processes that drove this change. We will also discuss how East Liberty’s revitalization movement came to embrace the Busway and what it’s meant for transit ridership and a rethink of rapid transit throughout Pittsburgh’s East End.


  • Sean Luther: Executive Director, Envision Downtown
  • Andrea Elcocok: Community Planning Coordinator, Port Authority of Allegheny County
  • Todd Reidbord: Principal and President, Walnut Capital
  • Rebecca Schenck: Sr. Project Specialist, Urban Redevelopment Authority
  • Mark Minnerly: Director of Real Estate, the Mosites Company
  • Clare Hosteny: Partner, East End Development Partners