Arthur Ziegler: Pittsburgh as People and Place

Seminar on International Planning

Arthur P. Ziegler, Jr., is a leading American preservationist, urbanist, writer, and activist. He promotes historic preservation as an effective means to create sustainable affordable housing, healthy neighborhoods, and economic development. Ziegler's work has been as much about social justice for disenfranchised populations as it has been preserving important places. He is best known for creating the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PH&LF) to combat urban renewal policies that devastated Pittsburgh—literally and spiritually—making it one of the most segregated cities in the nation. Through the PH&LF, Ziegler spearheaded the first urban renewal program in the nation based on preservation rather than demolition. PH&LF's Manchester neighborhood project was the first urban renewal project to create a preservation district within a predominantly African-American neighborhood and the first to be administered by the residents themselves. Emblematic of PH&LF's success in using historic preservation as an instrument of economic revitalization, its adaptive re-use of a former rail terminal facility at Station Square had the lowest public cost and highest taxpayer return of any major renewal project in the Pittsburgh region since the 1950s. With over three million visitors annually, Station Square generates over six million dollars annually in tax revenue. Ziegler has authored five books on historic preservation and is the recipient of the Private Sector Achievement Award from the President of the United States. He is the recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Crowninshield Award and Preservation Pennsylvania's Otto Haas Award. He is also a WQED Pittsburgher of the Year and Southside Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year. Cosponsored by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and the Planning and Preservation Student Organization.