Community Asset Mapping
Each community asset map shows the locations of all historic and other community assets (and local businesses / other attractions) that participated in developing each map. Community members and visitors use these maps as a guide to public spaces such as parks, information centers, churches, museums, libraries, and other sites of interest (additional maps and map content is added as they become available). Here you also may add locations of community spaces that you find significant in communities where you live, work, worship, and/or play. See examples here.
New Kensington Art Center
Smart Growth has been working with leaders of this fledgling nonprofit to create a business plan and model for future sustainability of the organization. Visit the organization’s website here. The leaders and volunteers of the New Kensington Arts Center were early adopters of Placemaking tactics that were important initial catalists for revitalization successes now ongoing in New Kensington’s downtown corridor.
Riders in the Sky Project (Smithton)
Riders in the Sky, a unique tandem bicycle kinetic wind sculpture, now graces the entrance of Smithton, located at the future site of Play Smithton park and playground. Facilitated by the Smart Growth Partnership organization, from May 2021 to the June 17, 2022 installation, a group of generous volunteers landed on the idea; designed the sculpture; and donated materials, labor, and funding. Installation was completed in mid-June with plans for a grand opening to follow. This community Placemaking project now serves as a “stellar” example of how community leaders Get Involved to implement Smart Growth Principles.
The Riders in the Sky sculpture recently appeared in a Pittsburgh Magazine article showcasing growing excitement in the quality of life to be found in and around Smithton.
Guided by the Team Leader, Whit Watts, bike preparation was provided by Smithton resident, Dave Primm. The design-build team that constructed, tested, and oversaw the installation included:
- Whit Watts, Team Lead
- Dave Bradner
- Denny Repko
- Sean Paul Fish
- Mary Beth Barber