This week’s Rad Teen Print of the Week is from Schenley High School Theory of Knowledge class from Spring 2008. This project was a Pittsburgh People’s History print, and the first time Shaun and I taught this class together. The image is of the Highland building in East Liberty, a neighborhood that suffered one round of urban renewal in the 1960’s, and then again now, with developers even renaming parts of the neighborhood “Eastside,” or “East Shadyside,” to make a connection to the much more affluent neighborhood on the other side of the railroad tracks (literally!). Pittsburgh has some textbook examples of terrible urban redevelopment schemes that have destroyed the pulse of a neighborhood, from Penn Circle in East Liberty to the Civic Arena in the Hill District to Allegheny Center on the North Side.
We’re about to embark upon another round of TOK projects next week. Fresh prints soon!