By Katie Blackley, WESA Public Radio (Pittsburgh, PA)
An “industrial wasteland.” That’s how Pittsburgh’s riverfronts were once described. More than 30 years ago, city officials and developers tried to imagine a greener, healthier future for the land along the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers.
In many ways, they’ve succeeded — today, the Three Rivers Heritage trail spans 33 miles, with multiple planned extensions. The trails attract cyclists, runners and families, and are home to thousands of native plants and animals.
But the road to creating a clean, nature getaway from the city’s bustling urban communities was hard.
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Posted July 19, 2021