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Asphalt Art at Baum Grove

The story of how asphalt art transformed the challenging 5-way intersection at Baum Grove into a pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly space. This project was made possible by a generous grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the cooperation and assistance of the City of Pittsburgh.

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The Project: Friendship Community Group and the City of Pittsburgh partnered to redesign a five-way intersection adjacent to Baum Grove, a parklet that is frequently used for community events. By extending the sidewalks, adding crosswalks, , and adjusting the placement of stop signs, the team transformed the challenging intersection a pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly space. The reclaimed asphalt also expanded the square footage of the parklet, allowing more space for events. Through community design workshops, residents came together to influence the artistic design and structural layout of the project.

For more on the project, go to this page from Bloomberg Philanthropies:

If you'd like to see more photos of how asphalt art is made, scroll through the photos below.

If you'd like more information on this project, contact Sara DeLucia at

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