Scenic Pittsburgh Our Scenic Issues

Scenic Pittsburgh supports public policy and planning that protects the scenic quality of the environment. We take an interest in any cause that impacts the aesthetics of public space, from the protection of viewsheds, to the role of good design in scenic communities and buildings, to the preservation of historic assets, to the mitigation of blight and improvement of vacant lots.

Scenic Pittsburgh signature issues:

  • Sign Proliferation. Oversized signs, especially electronic billboards, represent one of the gravest threats to scenic landscapes and communities
  • Greenspace Restoration. Usable greenspaces enhance mental and physical health and quality of life by providing a connection to nature, recreational opportunities, and natural infrastructure services
  • Preservation and Placemaking. We promote historic preservation and the creation of places worthy of our affection
  • Scenic Advocacy. We are a voice for public space, testifying to the importance of context-sensitive development to community character, safety, and property values
  • Zoning Code Guidance. We work with municipalities to update their zoning codes with scenic preservation in mind
  • Building Design Standards. We encourage high standards of aesthetic design in urban planning and building construction
  • Light Pollution. Created by exterior lighting and advertising signage, light pollution is a major contributor to the destruction of scenic values
  • Undergrounding Telecommunications Towers and Utility Wires. Wires and cell towers obscure the natural and architectural character of our neighborhoods and should be placed underground wherever possible