Hilltop neighborhoods

Essential Pittsburgh
2:42 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Pittsburgh Neighborhood Focus: Allentown

Streetcar tracks on E Warrington Ave in the Allentown neighborhood
Joseph Flickr

Pittsburgh is made of dozens of neighborhoods, each with their own unique backgrounds, residents, businesses and other characteristics.

Business contributor Rebecca Harris focuses in on some of the city’s most interesting neighborhoods, and discusses her findings every first Tuesday of the month.

Today, she focused on Allentown, a neighborhood south of downtown and just up the hill from WESA’s South Side studio.

The "town" of Allentown was founded by an Englishman, Joseph Allen, in 1827, but most of its original occupants were German. Pittsburgh annexed the town in 1872.

Much has changed since then, as most of the original businesses have disappeared. But shops such as the Hardware Store have moved into the neighborhood.

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Community
3:48 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Allentown Neighborhood Next Target of Revitalization Efforts

The Hilltop Alliance has announced a six-year, $1.5 million dollar economic development and community services grant aimed at bringing the struggling neighborhood back to life. Allentown, nestled between Mt. Washington and the South Side Slopes, has a high vacancy rate, nearly double that of the city's median rate and property values about half the city's median value.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:31 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Improvement Plan for Pittsburgh's Hilltop Neighborhoods

One of the major goals of the new plan is to increase awareness of the Hilltop neighborhoods amenities.
Credit wyliepoon / flickr

Cities are comprised of neighborhoods varying in their socio-economic status, especially Pittsburgh. Each year a city magazine is sure to devote an issue to ranking neighborhoods. However, neighborhoods, like cities, can see their fortunes rise and fall. Case in point, the South Hills neighborhoods of Allentown and Beltzhoover.

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