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Avenues of Hope Initiative

A holistic model for rebuilding Pittsburgh's Black main streets

The Avenues of Hope Initiative is a place-based, people-first approach that intervenes across all layers of successful, healthy, and sustainable main street development.

This initiative focuses on seven major business corridors, in which the goal is to invest in existing small businesses and residents, supporting the inclusive growth of the neighborhoods. 

The Avenues of Hope will be:​

  • Black-owned ​

  • Centers of Black arts and culture​

  • Mixed-use, transit-oriented, and pedestrian-friendly built environments​

  • Healthy communities supported by education, health care, senior care, recreation, and human supportive services

The URA is working with the City of Pittsburgh to focus on housing investment, workforce connectivity, commercial corridor activation, façade renovations, and other impactful MWBE and small business support.

Avenues of Hope Victories

Learn more about active and completed Avenues of Hope projects throughout the City of Pittsburgh.

Community Events

Avenues of Hope Kickoff Event: Chartiers Avenue

November 6, 2021

Join the URA, City of Pittsburgh, and Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith for a family-friendly outdoor event! Enjoy local vendors and activities for kids. Speak with local organizations about funding and resources available for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and homeowners, homebuyers, and renters. Learn more about the URA’s community engagement process...and more!


Hill Community Mixer

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Join the URA for the a Hill Community Mixer  in partnership with the office of Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle. This meeting will provide information on current URA-led development projects within the Hill District, as well as URA programs and services available to residents and business owners.


Homewood Resource Fair

November 15, 2022

Join the URA and partnering organizations for a community Resource Fair. This family-friendly event will be an opportunity to connect with URA staff and local organizations working to support Homewood residents. Attend to learn more about resources available to you! There will be food, coloring and face painting by Christine Patton for children. Registration via Eventbrite is free, and walk-ins are welcome.

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