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Originally appeared in The Ungreening of America
on February 27, 2009
Mellon Square, 1955, Pittsburgh, PA, Simonds & Simonds “This is the oldest surviving park over a parking garage, and the daring geometries—tricolor crushed-stone paving patterns, irregular planting beds, cascading steps—were also designed to be viewed from the high-rises. It’s a futurist plaza, celebratory of the great European plazas, without being derivative. The fountains’ white noise softens the hum of the traffic, for a reposeful experience in the middle of the city.”

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