Riverlife

Riverlife Celebrates 20th anniversary with Party at the Pier “Bold Paradise”

Riverlife has been working for two decades to bring parks, trails and quality real estate development to Pittsburgh’s riverfronts. On the evening of Friday, August 23, the nonprofit organization celebrated its 20th anniversary with a blowout Party at the Pier at the North Shore amphitheater at Rivers Casino. Over 800 guests danced to music by …

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Riverlife’s Party at the Pier Raises Over $250,000

The forecast for Friday, August 17 called for nonstop rain, thunder and even hail. That didn’t deter a sold-out crowd of 900 guests from dressing up in their finest Mediterranean-inspired looks and traveling to the North Shore’s Rivers Casino for Riverlife’s annual fundraiser Party at the Pier. The popular event, now in its ninth year, …

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Riverlife Celebrates a Party at the Pier

Curious onlookers from inside Rivers Casino couldn’t resist watching the festivities unfolding outside in the amphitheater on the evening of August 25. Of interest? A sold-out crowd of 1,000 that was toasting Riverlife’s Party at the Pier. “What a gorgeous night,” said president Vivien Li. “This is absolutely beautiful. I think every time people come …

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Passing the Torch

Earlier this fall, a group of about 250 civic and cultural leaders gathered to pay tribute to Teresa Heinz Kerry on the occasion of her handing over the chairmanship of The Heinz Endowments to her sons. From creating Riverlife, to championing causes from the environment to social equity to the Cultural District among many others, …

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Vivien Li, River Keeper

My parents came from educated families in China and Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States. My mother arrived in the early ’50s as an undergraduate while my father, who was 10 years her senior, was studying for a Ph.D. Back then, it was difficult for Asians to come here. The immigration laws were …

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Riverlife & Mayor Luke Ravenstahl

In the late 1990s, Teresa Heinz and others gazed at the new Alcoa headquarters and its North Shore neighbor, the new Lincoln Properties. Both occupied key riverfront spots. But compared with the standard-setting Alcoa structure, the residential development looked like a Motel 6. An idea was born—to conceive a holistic vision of the riverfront with …

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Riverlife CEO: Lisa Schroeder

For people who know about such things, Martin Millspaugh is legend. A former Washington, D.C., journalist who specialized in covering housing and urban development issues, Millspaugh was one of the early movers behind the renewal of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. For some 20 years, he chaired a public-private corporation in his hometown that managed the $7 …

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Testing the Waters

Herbert Dreiseitl was in a hurry to get back to work one day last February, so he did what most people do here. He jaywalked. He scuttled across Liberty Avenue — no cars were coming — and headed uptown, where his design team awaited him.​ His hurry was understandable. Dreiseitl, a world-renowned urban designer who …

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