Tag Archives: Adaptive Reuse

Check out some of Pittsburgh’s converted churches

This multimedia project by student journalist Estelle Tran highlights two former church sites in Pittsburgh that have now been converted into other uses – one a brew pub and the other a concert venue and recording studio.

Places like this are what I love about Pittsburgh!

Any other good converted churches in your community?

-KG

 

Leave a comment

Filed under architecture, Economic Development, Featured, Good Ideas, Real Estate, Urban Planning

Youngstown’s ‘Pop-Up Park’

You have to give the folks in Youngstown credit for knowing how to have a good time.

Last weekend a group of young, city activists established a temporary ‘pop-up park’ in a parking spot on the city’s main thoroughfare and had a barbecue.

pop-up

About 30 people turned out for the impromptu event, with desserts and dishes to share, according to the blog I Will Shout Youngstown.

Check out this spread:

spread

According to my exclusive sources on this topic, all you need to pull this off in your city is a rug, some furniture, a grill, a few empty parking spaces and some friends.

For the full story see shoutyoungstown.com.

-AS

1 Comment

Filed under Brain Drain, Featured, Good Ideas

Pop-Up City and Cleveland’s Bridge Project

The idea for Pop Up City is to re-utilize underused urban spaces, a theme that carried over this weekend in The Bridge Project, a party and art show, held under the Detroit-Superior bridge in downtown Cleveland.

bridgeprint

The streetcar level under the bridge has been featured in this blog before. Cleveland’s rapid transit rail service ran under the bridge long ago.  The space has been referred to, perhaps incorrectly, as Cleveland’s abandoned subway.

Well, folks from across the Cleveland area attended The Bridge Project last weekend, and I have pictures thanks to my good friend Mandy Anderson.

7819_508559406529_81800118_30326694_8169595_n

7819_508559296749_81800118_30326672_5927538_n7819_508559291759_81800118_30326671_562485_n7819_508559301739_81800118_30326673_3553353_n7819_508559311719_81800118_30326675_1368683_n

Also, the art …

7819_508559386569_81800118_30326690_1343527_n7819_508559376589_81800118_30326688_3303120_n

Pop Up City is the brainchild of Kent State University planning professor Terry Schwarz. The concept has played a central role in Cleveland’s Ingenuity Fest, a three-day celebration of art and technology held downtown.7819_508559326689_81800118_30326678_5623397_n

During this weekend in Cleveland, abandoned buildings are transformed into art galleries and dance clubs.

-AS

6 Comments

Filed under Featured, Headline, Urban Planning

Photo Tour: Cleveland’s Abandoned Subway

Cleveland is one of many Rust Belt cities that once operated a subway system. Twice a year, they open it up for tours and also hold an art show inside.

subway_2850

The subway closed in 1954, according to The Plain Dealer.

subway_2912 

You can see here where it has been sealed off.

subway_2900

About 1,400 people attend these tours semi-annually.

subway_2932

My friend, Greg Ruffing, Cleveland’s finest freelance photographer, donated these amazing photos.

subway_2918

subway_2882

I heard Cincinnati has a subway that was never finished. Also, Atlanta, Georgia, uses their defunct subway lines as a mall.

subway_2836

This looks like a really neat event.

14 Comments

Filed under Featured, The Big Urban Photography Project