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The public has often condemned urban renewal, but for the Pennsylvanian city of Pittsburgh, its revival earned a status of "renaissance". In their latest volume of Imagining the Modern: Architecture and Urbanism of Pittsburgh Renaissance, editors Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo, and Rami el Samahy explore the reasons behind the city's congratulatory rebirth. Pittsburgh’s initial renewal plans were a necessary program of self-improvement and beautification. The city's fabric had been stained by the industrial pollution, but with its new refurbishment plans, became tamed by strategical planning and unparalleled urban scenography.   In comparison to other cities in the United States, Pittsburgh had a relatively head start, by having already broken ground on the Gateway Center office complex by 1949. Corporations, high-ranked members of the parliament, and noble families played a prominent role in the evolution of the city, specifically when compared to other large-scale urban projects driven by the government, such as the Boston Government Center. Throughout the 20th-century, the private sector almost single-handedly reshaped the city's skyline.  View more View full description
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