The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association recognized Fourth Economy Consulting with a “Planning Excellence” award for its contributions in developing a Targeted Development Strategy for the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Upper Lawrenceville. The consulting team helped the community craft a neighborhood identity and a series of principles guiding future development to achieve the community’s long-term livability goals. The principles built upon the existing physical and cultural legacy of Upper Lawrenceville but also were aspirational, seeding a vision for a future yet to come focused on economic, cultural and environmental issues. The Upper Lawrenceville Targeted Development Strategy was developed through a series of charrettes led by the Pittsburgh-based planning firm evolveEA. Fourth Economy’s role was to consider the economic and market context that surrounds the targeted study area and help align the physical outcomes and possibilities with the market drivers. Earlier this year the study was recognized nationally by the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), in partnership with Project for Public Spaces (PPS). Stephen McKnight, Fourth Economy’s co-founder and Vice President, joined Christine Mondor of evolveEA and representatives from Upper Lawrenceville in accepting the award. A copy of the report can be found here.