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Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists Comes to Pittsburgh this Weekend

rbcoyp-logoOne of the many groups that has been supportive of Friends of Albright has been the Young Preservationists of Pittsburgh. (YPA named Albright to their 2015 Top 10 list.) This weekend, April 8-10, 2016, the Young Preservations of Pittsburgh are hosting the Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists here in Pittsburgh. Young preservationists from Buffalo, Indianapolis, West Virginia, and Ohio will be descending on the steel city to learn more about historic preservation in Pittsburgh and share ideas for best practices for historic preservation in the rust belt.

Learn more about the Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists (RBCoYP)

Organizations Participating in the RBCoYP Summit:

RBCoYP Events You Can Attend

The entire RBCoYP schedule is included below. This group has put together an impressive array of events to show off the city of Pittsburgh. If you would like to join the Rust Belt Coalition, events on Sunday, April 10 are open to the public:

Rust Belt Coalition Pittsburgh Summit Events:

Friday, April 8, 2016 – Evening

Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists Launch Party! & #BeerSavesPlaces Competition

With the help of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Mexican War Streets Society, the RBCoYP is launching the PGH Summit with a bang at the Inn on the Mexican War Streets Bed & Breakfast! The Inn is housed in the historic Boggs Mansion (1888) in Pittsburgh’s Northside.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 – Morning

A Mexican War Streets Walkabout, 10:30am – 1pm

Join all the Rust Belt Coalition Summit attendees for a walk around the Mexican War Streets, one of Pittsburgh’s favorite National Historic Districts.  The neighborhood dates back to 1848, around the time of the Mexican War, and many of the streets – Buena Vista, Monterey, Palo Alto, Resaca, Sherman, and Taylor – are named after battles or generals of the war. You’ll see some of the best examples of Pittsburgh row houses, wonderful community gardens, a firehouse that will be converted into a craft brewery, a sanctuary for endangered writers across the world, and a local gem known as Randyland.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 – Morning

Participants can choose one of these 3 tours:

  1. “Crossroads of the World”: A Hill District Foot Tour – From jazz musicians to photographers to playwrights, Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood provided a cultural melting pot where artistic genius was fostered. Today, demolition by neglect and redevelopment threaten many culturally important sites throughout the Hill. Terri Baltimore, Director of Community Outreach at the Hill House Association, will take us on a walk through the neighborhood highlighting and telling stories about the buildings and (more importantly) the people of “Little Harlem.” Space for this tour is limited to 18 people, so register today!
  2. Northside -> Downtown -> Mt Washington Bike Tour – Downtown. Central Business District. Golden Triangle. Whatever you want to call it, we’re going to bike it! And when we’re finished, we’ll take a furnicular up to the top of Mount Washington and see the best-known view of the city. We’re renting bikes so you can leave yours at home, but don’t forget your bike helmet! You can expect to bike about 6 miles on this tour, and don’t worry – we’re staying in one of the few flat areas of Pittsburgh! Space for this tour is limited to 20 people, so register today!
  3. Steppin’ Out: An Urban Hike on the City Steps  – The system of Pittsburgh City Steps are the city’s most unique form of transportation, and offer some of the most stunning views of the surrounding areas. You can expect to hike and step about 3 miles on this adventure. We’ll end atWigle Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden, where we’ll get a tour of the Barrelhouse and soon-to-open Ciderhouse. Many thanks to Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh for sponsoring the tour!

Sunday, April 10, 2016 – Morning