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Building Innovation is a collection of stories by 90.5 fm WESA reporters about the Pittsburgh region focusing on efficient government operation, infrastructure and transportation, innovative practices, energy and environment and neighborhoods and community.

Celebrating The Past, Present And Future Of Pittsburgh's Strip District

The Strip District: it's the most requested map in the city of Pittsburgh and one of the most diverse, authentic and colorful neighborhoods.  Essential Pittsburgh visited business owners, local shoppers and city officials about what makes the neighborhood work, how they’re collaborating to keep its “old world” feel, and where they’d like to see it go from here.  Up front, Essential Pittsburgh's Katie Blackley speaks with Neighbors in the Strip board president Don Orkoskey and vice president Bonn McSorley. 

Conversations with owners of some of the Strip Districts most iconic stores.

Our tour of the Strip District continues with family members who run some of Pittsburgh's favorite Strip District businesses.

Paul Guggenheimer interviews Deborah Gross, councilwoman for the Strip District.


Councilwoman Deborah Gross speaks with Paul Guggenheimer about the Strip District's future and preserving its past.

More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.