Scenic Asset Inventory

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What is a Scenic Asset Inventory?

Economic development organizations, community development corporations, municipal governments, urban planners, and property developers need solid data about a community’s scenic assets and issues to do their jobs. Any kind of economic or community development planning, such as completing a Strategic Plan, requires a full understanding of what a community has that is worth saving, what is worth building upon, and what could be created for the future.

The Scenic Asset Inventory is a robust survey tool developed by Scenic Pittsburgh. It includes a functional catalog and analysis of the aesthetic environment, offers blight remediation recommendations, and presents opportunities to use the visual environment as an economic driver. The Inventory highlights aspects of the natural and built environment that may be overlooked by traditional development plans, ensuring that the scenic environment makes the biggest possible contribution to the community.

This is a fee service. We work with municipalities and organizations to find a level that works for everyone involved. We can also help in applying for foundation funds to cover this service.

The inventory is divided into three parts:

1. Scenic Asset and Deficiency Evaluation
This portion of the inventory consists of a narrative describing the general trends among the scenic assets and deficiencies identified within the study area. It is used to highlight the major findings of the inventory in regard to five scenic elements:

  • Viewsheds
  • Historic and Culturally Significant Structures
  • Throughways
  • Attractive Properties/Vulnerable Properties
  • Signage and Utility Wires


2. Segment Analysis


The Segment Analysis provides a list of the major scenic assets and deficiencies in defined geographic sections of the study area. For example, in the Brownsville Road Scenic Asset Inventory, the “segments” consisted of six- to eight-block segments of the corridor. This section is designed to help identify the precise location of scenic resources, quickly and easily, for the purposes of community planning.

3. Recommendations

The content of this section of the survey depends on the needs of the community. It should always include actionable recommendations for blight remediation based on the scenic deficiencies identified. However, the scale and scope of those recommendations may vary based on the legal, cultural and political conditions of the community and the urgency with which the recommendations need to be implemented.

How Does It Work?

The Scenic Asset Inventory can be contracted for any group, business, or organization with a vested interest in protecting, preserving, and promoting scenic resources.

Contact our Assistant Director David Demko to learn more.