Uptown – Growing Capacity, Seeding Change

The Uptown neighborhood of Pittsburgh is situated between the Hill District, Oakland, and Downtown, and lies directly across the river from the bustling Southside. This corridor was hit hard by the short-sighted efforts ‘Urban Renewal’ that devastated the social fabric of the neighborhoods of Uptown and the Hill District in the 1960s and 70s. Although Uptown experienced severe population and business decline, which has lead to numerous blighted properties and vacant lots, the neighborhood has and continues to endure.
Uptown has a strong community and a number anchor business tenants who are committed to revitalizing this crucial corridor between the three economic hubs of the Hill District, Oakland and Downtown. Due to community efforts and strength of location, revitalization and reinvestment is returning to the Uptown neighborhood. 

In 2009 GTECH partnered with a community-based organization, Clean and Green Uptown, and local business and landowner, Tony Williams, to start a sunflower bioenergy project at Forbes Avenue and Jumonville. 


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Tony Williams and his family have been revitalizing the business district and vacant lot areas in his home neighborhood of Uptown for decades. A newly formed community organization, Clean and Green Uptown, a youth-based mentoring and advocacy program, stepped forward offering both support and a team of eager young people ready to assist in the prepping, planting and harvesting process. 
This half-acre sunflower garden is on one of Pittsburgh’s most highly-visible traffic routes. Over 60,000 cars pass our site each day on the way to the downtown area. This kind of transitional strategy shows the Uptown community’s revitalization, and is a jumpstart to reinvestment within the corridor.