Not since “Renaissance II” in the 1980s has so much construction been going on downtown. Now, as then, a subway line is a big part of it, but new landmark buildings have also gone up, and the Diamond, as we see here, is being completely redesigned. (Planning maps call it “Market Square,” but the best way to explain it to suburbanites and visitors is to say that it’s spelled “Market Square” and pronounced “Diamond.”) While the rest of the country was plunged deep into recession, Pittsburgh was having its biggest building boom in a quarter century.
Update: The Diamond is now finished and reopened.
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[…] Diamond (or “Market Square” as it’s called on maps) has been torn up and rebuilt. Forbes Avenue no longer goes through it; instead, all traffic must skirt the edge of […]