Thursday, January 17, 2008

River Styx

A very nice story of an urban waterway being brought back to life through a community wide effort.

Pittsburgh's Nine Mile Run: An Urban Stream Comes Back to Life

Pittsburgh was called "hell with the lid off" during its industrial heyday, and its River Styx during that period was surely Nine Mile Run. Polluted into lifelessness, buried in culverts, insulted with trash, gouged by flash floods, and stripped of its floodplain by vast piles of slag, Nine Mile Run was as close to biological death as a stream could get. Today it is the site of the largest urban stream revitalization project ever undertaken by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Read about the stream's comeback to life in an article by Peter Harnik, director of TPL's Center for City Park Excellence Director. The article originally appeared in the November 2007 issue of Landscape Architecture magazine.