A traveling talk show recently made its way through Pittsburgh, during which organizers interviewed residents about their neighborhoods. This mobile talk show visited each of the city’s 90 neighborhoods in 20 days, filming residents as they shared their opinions and ideas about the state of their communities and how they would like to see them develop in the coming years. Now that the interviews are complete, artist Jon Rubin is developing an online presence for those conversations. Special events and feature presentations based on the interviews will also happen in upcoming months throughout the city.
The project, dubbed TALKPGH, was an outgrowth of PLANPGH, Pittsburgh’s development plan for the next 25 years. The purpose of the project was to include the voices and opinions of one the most important stakeholders in any city’s development plan—its residents.