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RACE STREET: Preservationists put street in the limelight

Posted by homewoodnation on June 1, 2012 at 2:05 PM

A local preservationists' group has named Race Street as one of Pittsburgh's most preservation-worthy sites.

The Young Preservationists Assocation of Pittsburgh, based in Homestead, placed the five-block street on its list of "Top Ten Best Preservation Opportunities in the PIttsburgh Area."

The organization used five criteria to determine whether to place a site on the list: it had to be at least 50 years old; posses historical or architectural significance; be facing signficant threats; have community members working to restore it; and have feasible solutions being planned.

In its Facebook posting naming Race Street to the list, YPA called Race Street "a prime example of middle-class black Pittsburgh, with well-kept homes, modest yards, and a friendly neighborhood vibe."


The post also cited the Save Race Street Committee for its work in cleaning the street, collaborating with outside agencies on projects, and planning for Race Street's future.

The most recent example of collaboration was the planting of some 20 street trees on April 28. Next up: building a raised flower bed tomorrow morning with the help of staffers from GTECH Strategies Inc., and a group of volunteers.

The Young Preservationists Association will give the awards for their Top Ten during their 10th Anniversary celebration at 6 pm tomorrow evening at the Union Project, at Highland and Stanton Avenues. To register, visit http://www.youngpreservationists.org/ypas-tenth-anniversary-celebration-june-2

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