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Ep. 5: 'You Have To Contribute Something.'

Some people worry there’s another looming housing crisis in Pittsburgh. It won’t hinge on tearing down buildings, because the buildings are already gone.

In the 1950s, 28 acres in the heart of the city was decimated by urban renewal. Now, that land is slated for redevelopment, and its future has been promised to one, private entity. Can the lessons of Penn Plaza help Pittsburgh chart a new path forward?

Margaret J. Krauss is WESA’s senior reporter. She covers development and transportation, and has produced award-winning podcasts on housing, work, and Pittsburgh’s lesser-known history. Before joining the newsroom full time, she covered the challenges facing Pennsylvania cities as a statewide reporter, and spent another life as an assistant editor for National Geographic Kids Magazine in Washington, D.C. She can be reached at mkrauss@wesa.fm.