Pittsburgh's Greater Hill District—a collection of neighborhoods in close proximity to downtown's Golden Triangle— has experienced significant loss of population and investments. To restore the district's vibrancy, Sasaki led a year-long planning effort to integrate previous, unimplemented recommendations with additional urban design propositions to create a planning framework.
The master planning process engaged Hill District residents, neighborhood leaders, local foundations, and city agencies in developing goals and strategies for regeneration and redevelopment. Sasaki also helped these parties establish criteria for evaluating proposed residential, commercial, and institutional investment and development in the future. The master plan and development strategy resulted a physical plan that provides a strategic foundation for guiding ongoing public, private, and institutional investment in the Greater Hill District, as well as a strategic implementation plan to guide high-priority propositions and projects for specific locations. The master plan also includes recommended program initiatives for projects to assist the Hill District meet its goals for improving the quality of life for residents while contributing to the city's broader regeneration goals.