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You can help create a “Downtown for All.” On Wednesday, October 21st and Saturday, October 24th, you can make your voice heard as part of the Public Space + Public Life Survey. Representatives from Gehl Studio, Envision Downtown, and volunteers will be conducting a survey–a count of where people are and what they are doing–to help better understand who uses Downtown Pittsburgh’s public spaces, and what they do there. The findings will be used to understand and improve public spaces in Downtown Pittsburgh and benchmark their success.

Gehl Studio (@citiesforpeople) uses observation and analysis to help better understand public life, “recording the ‘life’ that occurs in [their] study areas, as well as the qualities of the surrounding ‘space.’” Envision Downtown is a public-private partnership created by Mayor Bill Peduto and The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership to craft “a 21st century vision for the sustainable and efficient development of a Downtown for all.”


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Of course, the survey won’t work without participation by the public. If you are in Downtown Pittsburgh on the 21st/24th, please use the opportunity to be counted if approached by a survey taker. They’ll need a diverse response to help make Downtown Pittsburgh a vibrant, diverse place for all of us!

If you’d like to help gather information, they have a call out for volunteers. Volunteer training will take place on Tuesday, October 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. There will be three five-hour shifts on each survey day. To find out more, please click here. You can RSVP to volunteer by emailing availability to


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