A VISION OF RESTORATION AND REVIVAL --   North Side Past North Side Future

John Redick's original 1784 plan for Allegheny City was stunning in its simplicity and clarity: a new town north of the Allegheny River in the shape of a square doughnut comprised of 36 square blocks. The town would be surrounded on all four sides by a 100-acre Commons, with the town's four central blocks removed to create a capacious public square, later dubbed "The Diamond." This composite rendering of central Allegheny City in the early 1960's shows the sustained development of Redick's vision for nearly two centuries, with the realization of the civic Diamond, the Commons park and a vibrant 36-block city center.

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