Neighborhoods queried on public art, urban design

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If you have thoughts about future public art and urban design in your Pittsburgh neighborhood, Pittsburgh wants to hear from you.

Beginning next month, the city will send a vehicle into neighborhoods to ask residents what the city can do in those two areas to help their community.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced Monday the city will send a film crew into 90 neighborhoods beginning April 6. The program is known as TALKPGH and is part of the city's first-ever 25-year planning process called PLANPGH, which has 12 components and is expected to be finished in 2014.

"Through this creative and innovative planning process, residents will have the opportunity to share what makes their neighborhood special, and how it can be improved through public art and urban design," Mr. Ravenstahl said. "TALKPGH is an exciting way to actively engage residents in creating policies that will help preserve and enhance those qualities. We want to make it easy and exciting for residents to work with us on this important effort."

Local artist Jon Rubin will work with a film crew and city staff to ask residents open-ended questions about their neighborhood. The vehicle will have transparent sides that allow the public to watch while the interviews are conducted.

The interviews then will air as a series this summer on the TALKPGH website.

Anyone who wants to be interviewed can sign up through the website at http://planpgh.com/talkpgh or call 408-800-3176.

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