Mellon Square is a 1.4 acre park in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. The park has an interesting history. Completed in 1955, it was the result of the city’s corporate leaders trying to reinvent the city at a time when it was most associated with pollution and an undesirable quality of life. With threats of companies like Alcoa moving to New York City, the city’s elite moved in, building this iconic public plaza that is now on the National Register of Historic Places but in need of some renovation. That effort is now being taken up by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, which prepared the below video providing the history, context and today’s vision for the site.
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