Archive

ShareThis Page
South Side generates millions but is also the ‘Jersey Shore of Pittsburgh,’ per study | TribLIVE.com
Allegheny

South Side generates millions but is also the ‘Jersey Shore of Pittsburgh,’ per study

Tribune-Review
| Friday, December 14, 2018 7:45 a.m
538482EastCarsonStreet
East Carson Street in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood.

Pittsburgh’s South Side commercial district generates hundreds of millions in sales each year – including about $34 million in tax revenue for local governments – but needs to improve its image and branding for continued growth, a recent study shows.

The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority commissioned North Side-based Fourth Economy Consulting to analyze the East Carson Street business district and produce plans for improvement.

Fourth Economy found that the South Side is growing in population and jobs and generates millions each year for the local economy, but must overcome it’s image as the “Jersey Shore of Pittsburgh” and accessibility issues.

The report recommended a public relations campaign to improve the negative image. It also suggested the South Side needs cleaner and safer streets, specialty stores, unique dining options, and fitness and wellness businesses along with more green space and better parking options.

Population on the South Side has grown from less than 9,000 in 2000 to more than 10,000 in 2016 and is projected to exceed 10,600 by 2026, the report notes. The neighborhood has experienced a 35% increase in jobs from 2005 to 2015 compared to seven percent for Pittsburgh overall during the same period. In 2015, 10,788 people were employed at South South businesses.

Businesses get most of their customers from people who live and work within a 10 minute drive, the report said, but also has a regional draw as an entertainment destination.

“The area draws more than $362 million in retail trade annually from visitors and more than $292 million in expenditures for food and drink,” the report said. “The business district therefore continues to need customers from outside of the neighborhood and from beyond the 10-minute drive time in order to thrive. Supporting the needs of only local residents would greatly shrink the business district.”

Fourth Economy recommended the creation of committees to implement the suggestions over the next three to five years.

Bob Bauder is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bob at 412-765-2312, bbauder@tribweb.com or via Twitter @bobbauder.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.