Occupy Pittsburgh Events To Close Local Roads

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Occupy Pittsburgh demonstration is set to flood the streets this Saturday, and that means there will be some closures to contend with in the city.

Crowds will be gathering at three locations including Freedom Corner, the City County Building and Market Square.

At 10 a.m., Centre Avenue between Protectory Place and Mario Lemieux Place will close. A closure will also be put in place at Crawford Avenue between Wylie Avenue and Foreside Place.

Those closures will last until demonstrators have cleared the Centre Avenue area.

Then, beginning at 11:15 a.m., the demonstration route will close. That route is expected to reopen around 3 p.m.

From 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., there will be rallies at Freedom corner, the City County Building Portico and Market Square.

Following the rallies, the march will get underway.

According to the Pittsburgh police, the march will start at Centre Avenue & Crawford Street. It will proceed down Centre Avenue and turn right onto Sixth Avenue. Next, they will turn left onto Ross Street, and pause for brief mini-rally at Mellon Operations Center, and then continue on Ross.

Demonstrators will then turn right onto Fourth Avenue, and then right onto Grant Street (northbound lane). They will pause for brief mini-rally at Citizens/BNY Mellon Tower before continuing on Grant Street and pausing for another brief mini-rally at UPMC Tower. They will continue on Grant Street and pause for a mini-rally at Federal Reserve Building.

Next, demonstrators will continue on Grant Street and pause for a brief mini-rally at Liberty Center/Federated Investors Tower. They will then turn left onto Liberty Avenue, and then left onto Wood Street and pause for brief mini-rally at One PNC Plaza. Lastly, demonstrators will turn right onto Fifth Avenue and left onto Market Street into Market Square.

Click here for a map of the route.

There is also a list of roads where “No Parking” signs will be posted. They are:

  • Crawford St between Bedford Ave & Foreside
  • Centre Ave between Protectory Place & Sixth Ave
  • Washington Place between Fifth & Centre (Church Side only)
  • Chatham Pl
  • Sixth Ave between Fifth & Grant
  • Ross St between Third & Sixth Ave
  • Fourth Ave between Smithfield & Ross St
  • Forbes between Diamond & Cherry Way
  • Fifth Ave between Sixth Ave & Smithfield
  • Oliver between Wm Penn & Grant St
  • Sixth Ave between Liberty & Grant St
  • Seventh Ave between Liberty & Grant St
  • Liberty Ave between Grant & Commonwealth Pl
  • Wm Penn PL between Seventh Ave & Liberty Ave
  • 10th St between Liberty & Penn Ave
  • Smithfield between Seventh Ave & Liberty Ave
  • 9th St between Liberty Ave & Penn Ave
  • 8th St between Liberty Ave & Penn Ave
  • 7th St between Liberty Ave & Penn Ave
  • Sixth Ave between Liberty & Wood St
  • 6th St between Liberty Ave & Penn Ave
  • Forbes Ave between Wood St & Stanwix St
  • All of Market Sq
  • Graeme St
  • Market St between 6th St and Market Square
  • McMasters Way
  • Fifth Ave between Wood St & Penn Ave

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  1. Ward says:

    It is good that this seems like it will be such an organized and orderly protest. I believe in non-violence and it seems the people who have organized this event are great people with a timely message.

    1. Christine DiIanni says:

      Ward: What’s the message?

      1. Rp says:

        END THE FED!

  2. Bob says:

    These people do have a constitutional right to assemble and to petition the government. But they do not have the right to do so in such a manner that disrupts the orderly operation of the city and the lives of the people who work here on a daily basis. I think the occupy pittsburgh people should quit whining and start filling out some job applications.

  3. Dave says:

    Non-violent protests? Have you seen that there are clashes with the protestors and police in New York and Denver? I also believe in non-violent protests, but defying a directive by the police is not a peaceful protest. Though I understand people’s frustration with the corporate world, why are they being blamed for the economy? If it wasn’t for the corporate entities, this country would be in a deep depression. Why fault someone for working hard to make a life for themselves?

    1. Johnson says:

      You are naive my fellow american. The inflation rate is the highest its been in 20 years. All time foreclosure rate. Pensions and 401k’s have been crippled. 10% unemployment. This has been systematically done in the name of greed. You can thank bush obama .

      1. Timothy says:

        Bush has been gone for three going on four years now – isn’t it getting rather old blaming him? Put the blame where it lyes – in the person who was going to CHANGE the world. All HOPE is gone!

      2. Johnson says:

        Both were blamed, they both bailed out the banks, they both printed trillions of money out of thin air making out dollar worthless. Although i agree on some level, ben bernanke is the real crook. He owns any one who tries to run this country. I agree will Rp… end the fed.

  4. Gates says:

    Wow, I feel sorry for all of the small business that will be affected by this march, so much income will be lost for those business that rely on weekend patronage downtown…so much selfishness…I think the protests need to be directed towards Harrisburg and Washington…where the real crooks hideout.

    1. liquor guy says:

      AMEN BROTHER! go to WASHINGTON! thats where the problems are! Lets have a ralley and take money away from small business! SMART!

      1. Mike says:

        I’m a small business owner downtown. I plan on marching with our country, and profiting from the extra people.

  5. Hotel says:

    Good time for a gas pedal to stick

  6. Dan says:

    Some peoples kids……

  7. Paul says:

    When gas prices started to escalate, this is when our country started to spiral out of control. It is like a domino effect – once the prices went up, everything else went up to compensate for the rise in gas. If these people want to be mad at someone or hold someone accountable, it’s the reliance on overseas fuel that is killing the economy and country. I also think it’s a joke that the celebrities are jumping on the band wagon – yeah, like Kanye West gives a damn about the average Joe. It’s nothing more than PR.

  8. Bill says:

    Do the protesters know how much they will be paying for parking?

  9. Steve says:

    Do they recruit brothers? I don’t see many out of work, held down by the government , stopped by corporate greed brothers, leading the revolt against the business leaders of America…Wait until the sleeping brothers in Market Square get woken up by this bunch

  10. tj says:

    “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs. Every generation needs a new revolution.” – Thomas Jefferson

  11. YOU! says:

    The greed of wall street effects all of us. Dont wait until you lose you job or home to wake up! Support your fist amendment to the constitution and fight against wasteful spending of our taxes! Greedy lobbyists write our laws and pay our politicians to pass them. This is not a hippy fest… this is America ! Republicans and Democrats have been hijacked by the corporations in this country. This is no time to take political sides, the future of our country depends on your voice! Wake up!

  12. average joe says:

    Protesting is one thing, but they should not be allowed to shut down city streets! I protest their insipid statements and their gimme gimme gimme attitude.

    While I agree with tj (clever) about the banks, the problem is that this group is organized by one of them. And backed by another. Soros pays, and Barack ‘Goldman Sachs’ Obama endorses.

    Kinda convenient. If you take down the system, who gets to step into the void? These same people with no protection for the average taxpaying citizen.

    So to these protesters I ask: How stupid could you be? Go home, take a bath, apply for a job.

    And by the way – maybe that degree in (insert vicitm group) studies really was useless. Or perhaps the piercings/neck tattoos don’t really show you as a person with sound judgement skills.

  13. Simple Man says:

    Could someone please explain to me how the banks ruined this country? If you purchase something, and you sign a promisory note that you will pay for it, and you don’t, why is it the bank’s fault that your purchase is reclaimed by them?

    1. Good ? simple man says:

      Well Buddy,

      The banks made a bad bet. They Inflated the housing market prices for the sole purpose of issuing more loans. When the “bubble” finally poped people realized what their house is actually worth. There houses were now worth a lot less then their loan so they walked away. This happened at a very large large scale. lehman brothers owned a lot of this bad debt. They went under and brought jp morgan, goldman sacks, and AIG with them. The FED just printed trillions of dollars to bail them out. The CEO’s of these banks took a lot of the money for themselves. and we are stuck with the bill.

      1. Simple Man says:

        Detroit was bailed out as well, and I don’t see anyone b & m about that.

      2. Good ? simple man says:

        I disagree, I think a lot of people were upset about the GM (Detroit) bailout. it is socialism. Its our money!

        in response to simple man. (below)

      3. Simple Man says:

        Socialism is what this president is about – just look at what he’s done, including the socialized healthcare. He supports the destruction of this country so that people will become more dependent on govt, thus leading to a socialistic country. God help our forefathers who fought so hard to create a democracy, giving up everything they had to get away from the high taxation and control of England. They are probably rolling over in their graves from disgust!

  14. Kelly says:

    On a Saturday. When most businesses are closed for the week and the message will be completely lost. SMART.

  15. good ? simple man says:

    I couldn’t agree more. He is very much apart of the corporate greed in this country. republican and democratic politicians are only worried about their next election. The middle class has been hijacked by ideologies of one ore the other, neither of which are in our best interests. I’d protest corporate lobbyists donating to their campaign if i were you. At least you realize there is a problem. Its about time we get our country back huh?

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