At its annual meeting today, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership unveiled its plans for 2010. PDP President Mike Edwards says they just launched a revamped safety/security program to replace the Safety Ambassador Program that ended late last year. According to Edwards, the 4-member PDP Street Team will focus on addressing panhandling and homeless issues in downtown Pittsburgh.
Edwards says the organization is going mobile by creating a web application (http://m.downtownpittsburgh.com) that connects to mobile systems. Edwards says the application works well with most smart phones making it convenient for mobile users to access information and locate places to park, dine, shop, stay and even live.
The PDP will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Light Up Night with Light Up Weekend November 19-20 with the traditional elements of the past including a fireworks display. Edwards says Saturday will be highlighted by a candlelit horse drawn carriage parade with 40 carriages and more than 250 horses including Clydesdales and miniature horses.
At the annual meeting, Edwards reported to members on 2009 results. He told DUQ that due to the soft economy some businesses did close last year in downtown Pittsburgh but there was also the opening of the EQT corporate offices and new retail on lower Fifth Avenue. He says the construction in Market Square will "transform" that part of downtown.