Public access areas on North Shore free of protesters


The view of the David Lawrence Convention Center from the public access area at Allegheny Landing on the North Shore Trail.


Few protesters, if any, showed up to demonstrate at either of the two public access areas on the North Shore Trail designated by the City, but the recently stolen and recovered Unkillable Human sculpture stood ready to welcome them anyway.

The sculpture, which was recently replaced in its original location after needing restoration work, was one of the few human-shaped objects on the trail during the first day of the summit.

The few bikers and joggers out exercising had to detour around a small part of the trail directly across from the convention center that is closed to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

The section of trail in front of the Lincoln at North Shore Apartments building was closed by request of the building owner, said Diane Richard, the public information officer for the Pittsburgh Police Department.

Originally, she said, the building owners were going to allow the trail to remain open, but changed their minds. They are, however, allowing media access, and at least MSNBC took advantage of the offer.

Richards said the public could protest in one of the public access areas, one of which is Allegheny Landing, right next to the closed section and between the Andy Warhol and Roberto Clemente bridges.

The other permitted protest area was between the Rachel Carson and the 16th Street bridges, near River Avenue.

No protesters gathered at either location on Sept. 24, perhaps because although both locations are within “sight and sound” of the convention center, locations elsewhere in the city provide better visibility and better opportunities for publicity.

The unusal hours approved by the City didn’t help either. According to Pittsburgh’s official G-20 website,, protesters may only demonstrate on the trail between 6 and 11 a.m. Sept. 23 to 26.

Allegheny Landing may be within sight of the convention center, but the view is almost completely blocked by the Warhol and Carson bridges.

The River Avenue location has a better line-of-sight with the center, but it would most likely take a very loud shout from either location to be heard across the river.

The Buncher Parking Lot in the Strip District, however, is much closer to the convention center and is available around the clock as a protest area, making it a much more attractive location for protests.

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