Raves: Schenley Plaza — the Urban Eden in Oakland’s Heart

MAY 30, 2008 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Although I am able walk to my job at the University of Pittsburgh, I feel for my colleagues and other commuters who daily search for a parking spot in crowded Oakland. That's why I shook my head with incredulity when the city, guided by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, decided to transform the always-jammed cement lot on Forbes Avenue between the Carnegie and Hillman libraries into a green lawn with benches, flowers, carousel and food kiosks.

I still commiserate with those drivers. But I now embrace Schenley Plaza -- which officially opened two years ago -- as my urban Eden. Read full article