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Neighborhood Allies Welcomes Mary Taylor as Real Estate and Placemaking Fellow!

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Join us in welcoming Mary Taylor to the Neighborhood Allies Team!

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Mary has joined Neighborhood Allies as our Real Estate and Placemaking Fellow. She will be responsible for assisting our partners in developing multifaceted, coordinated strategies that include community planning, real estate and design, public art and cultural identity to rebuild market strength and improve quality of life for all residents in Pittsburgh’s distressed neighborhoods. Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired. Welcome to the team, Mary! We’re excited to have you!

Prior to her fellowship at Neighborhood Allies, Mary worked in the Planning and Design department of Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority. While at the URA, she wrote The Greater Beltzhoover Toolkit, a guide to tactical urbanism interventions in the South Hills, Pittsburgh neighborhood. In 2014, Mary arrived in Pittsburgh as a UDream Fellow through Carnegie Mellon’s Remaking Cities Institute. As a participant in this post-graduate fellowship program, she helped develop proposals for the redesign and redevelopment of the Hill District’s Centre Avenue corridor.

Mary earned her Masters of Architecture from Hampton University in 2014. She holds an interest in public interest design, universal design, sustainability, active design, and design for aging in place, and is committed to including all of these concepts in her work.

Mary can be reached by email: mary@neighborhoodallies.org

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