Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Events to Highlight the City's Vitality Celebration Shines Light on Renewal

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Events to Highlight the City's Vitality Celebration Shines Light on Renewal

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Ever wonder what it's like to stand on the rooftop of Pittsburgh's tallest building or to sample the residential life in Downtown? Some people will have the chance to do one or the other or maybe even both, along with other activities, this week.

Coinciding with its 20th anniversary, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is planning an array of events -- from walking tours to salsa dancing in Market Square -- to highlight Downtown's remarkable revitalization.

There will be "Christmas in July," complete with a visit by Santa, at the PDP's weekly farmers market Thursday in Market Square; food-and-drink tasting Tuesday at seven Downtown restaurants; and a picnic Friday in Upper Mellon Green next to the BNY Mellon Building. Tickets must be purchased for the food-and-drink tasting and the picnic, but many of the other events will be free.

It's the first time the partnership has offered "Celebrate Downtown," as it is calling the eight days of activities through July 21. Leigh White, PDP spokeswoman, said the organization was looking for a way to commemorate its 20th anniversary but in a manner that put the focus on Downtown and the changes that have occurred over much of the past decade.

It also ties in with the PDP's goal of trying to attract more people into the Golden Triangle to work, live and shop.

"The heart of our mission is to improve the vitality of Downtown, for a moment or for a lifetime," Ms. White said. "To be able to have eight days of vibrant, fun, active programming. We know that's the type of thing people want in a neighborhood."

"All Access Downtown," planned for Saturday, likely will attract much interest.

That day, the PDP will offer rooftop tours of the 64-story U.S. Steel Tower, the city's tallest building, and tours of three of Downtown's residential properties -- Piatt Place (the former Lazarus store), River Vue (the former State Office Building) and the Pennsylvanian.

The Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation also will be providing all five of its Downtown walking tours that day. A tour of Downtown public art will be available, and many Golden Triangle churches and Cultural District venues will be open to check out. …

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