This article was originally published as part of the Grow PA solutions journalism project, published by and underwritten in part by The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.

Pennley Park South has become an example of what not to do in urban planning. How can cities ensure affordable housing while still encouraging new development?

How can cities attract and retain new talent without pushing out long-term residents? In Pittsburgh’s red hot East Liberty neighborhood, what was to be a new development has become a cautionary tale.

Pennley Park South was planned as a complex in which the first phase would include 200 apartments and some 12,000 square feet of office space. The development was to be anchored by a new Whole Foods grocery store.

But first, the owners of the property, LG Realty Advisors, had to raze the existing buildings on the Penn Avenue site. In 2015, the company began eviction proceedings against the 100 residents of the two buildings. Many of the residents were low-income and finding new places to live was a challenge.

Now, almost two years later, Whole Foods has pulled out of the plan (its first Pittsburgh store, which opened in 2002, is about a half mile away on Centre Avenue) and LG Realty Advisors, Pennley Park’s parent company, and the city are