The transformation of PITTSBURGH YARDS™, a multi-faceted development project, is an unprecedented opportunity to spur a more equitable distribution of income, wealth, jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities for residents in Neighborhood Planning Unit V and other southwest Atlanta neighborhoods.
Located near many of the city's major redevelopment projects, including the Atlanta BeltLine, the former Turner Field and State Farmers Market, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Fort McPherson, this 31-acre site is part of an area that is in the midst of significant - and promising - transition.
Once complete, the hope is that Pittsburgh Yards™ will be a vibrant space where residents can work, create, shop, and play.
Catalyze living-wage employment, long-term career and entrepreneurship opportunities for local residents, including parents with young children, young adults and those in need of second chances.
Use design, streetscape, and landscaping techniques to encourage community engagement and innovation.
Incorporate sustainable design principles and best practices for energy and water efficiency.
Cultivate local benefits, such as access to the Atlanta BeltLine, healthy foods, green space, community gathering space, and arts and culture.
A Pittsburgh resident, Michelle Jones, was motivated by the Pittsburgh Yards update meetings and inspired by the history of the people of color who settled in Pittsburgh to work at the Atlanta and West Point rail yards. These rail yards ran adjacent to the land Pittsburgh Yards sits on today.
Michelle recruited other residents, and together, they have launched Pittsburgh Yards Community, Inc., an independent, volunteer-based organization that honors this history and is offering community members personalized bricks to be installed on the Pittsburgh Yards site. They will also use the money raised to install other landscaping elements reminiscent of the old railroads. Her intention is to offer a positive and inspirational experience for Pittsburgh residents to connect with the new development, the Atlanta BeltLine and other elements of the future green space.
Every second Thursday of the month.
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019
Location: Tentatively scheduled for Pittsburgh Yards (352 University Ave SW)