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Nina G
4900-5149 Penn Ave
(Garfield and Bloomfield)
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the project

Penn Ave is known for arts! We would like to make the Ave as Pretty as a Picture! As summer rolls in we would like to roll out efforts to add more public art and greenery to the district. This includes hand made metal roses art installations, a golden framed bulletin board, fresh plants in the planters and flower pots, and more.

Beautification projects such as plants and public art create ambience that benefits visitors and businesses alike. They show an investment in the neighborhood that, promotes community stewardship of neighborhood open spaces while attracting new visitors to the mainstreet. We invite you to help us make Penn Ave as beautiful as the art in the galleries.


the steps

1. research drought resistant, easily maintained plants for planters and flower pots

2. clean up litter from plant beds and surrounding areas

3. divide existing plants and weed out dead and undesirable plants from the beds and flower pots

4. plant new plants

5. mulch with the city

6. Install artistic metal rose installation in 5 of the flower pots on the ave

7. install artistic bulletin board on the ave

8. have artists design and paint trash cans

9. have community members adopt trash cans and install in areas

10. monthly pick up penn volunteer days for trash pick up and weeding to maintain the project.

First clean up and planting day is scheduled for May 26 10am – 3pm, meeting at the BGC Activity Center at 113 N Pacific Ave.

why we're doing it

Studies at major national and international universities have shown that people surrounded by quality landscapes often have lower blood pressure and are less stressed. Beautiful landscapes can even help make places safer by reducing crime and vandalism. Plant beds along the sidewalk provide a natural buffer between pedestrians and vehicles, beautify the streetscape, and collect and filter storm water runoff.

"We're more than just a business district, we're a community." Penn Avenue is a creative, eclectic and happening business district rooted in the arts, but supportive of a diverse range of businesses including some of Pittsburgh's most interesting and productive non-profits.

The Penn Avenue Arts District sprung from the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative, a collaboration created in 1998 as a way to revitalize the Penn Avenue Corridor (4800-5500 Penn Avenue) through the arts.  Part of a larger community development strategy that weaves together neighborhoods and facilitates residential, commercial and cultural projects,

In 2006, Penn Avenue was designated a MainStreets Pittsburgh district.  The "Main Streets Program" is a national, volunteer-driven program created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to restore cities to bustling and vigorous urban settings.

The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation (BGC) seeks to better the social, economic, and physical fabric of the Bloomfield, Garfield, and Friendship Neighborhoods by engaging and inspiring members of the community. Community based and board driven, one of the BGC’s main goals is to get as many people in the community as possible to participate  in efforts aimed at physical revitalization, an improved economy, and strengthened social well-being.

The BGC continues to develop a conscious effort to promote greening initiatives in the Garfield neighborhood. With spring just on the horizon, a renewed energy is building around creating and maintaining green space in the Garfield Neighborhood.


Clean up efforts will include removing litter and weeds ($150), planting new plants in plant beds ($500) as well as flowerpots ($250) along the Ave. Installing public art pieces including decorated trash cans ($500), metal flowers ($500), and a community bulletin board ($500) that will act as a information hub while artistically beautifying the area and helping keep posters off poles and collecting as litter.

Project Subtotal =  $2,400
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $72
Total to raise on ioby = $2,507


RAISED = $2,583.00
 less ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $74.21

We raised an extra $73.79 we will used these funds towards the upkeep of the plants we plant.


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