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Dubbed “the crossroads of the world” by Harlem Renaissance poet Claude McKay during its heyday in the 1930s through 1950s, the Hill District boasts a strong African-American cultural heritage.
The list of jazz greats who’ve played in The Hill is long and storied and includes everyone from Ella Fitzgerald and Cab Calloway to Count Basie and Duke Ellington. August Wilson set nine of the 10 plays in his Pittsburgh Cycle here. And Willie Stargell set up a fried chicken store here from the 1960s to the 1980s that rewarded patrons with free chicken whenever the Pirates Hall of Famer hit a home run.
Bordered by Downtown Pittsburgh to the west, the Strip District and Polish Hill to the north, the Bluff (Uptown) to the southwest and Oakland to the east and southeast, the Hill District’s undergone some recent big-ticket revitalization efforts. There’s a new $9 million YMCA with rooftop garden. A pharmacy run by neighboring Duquesne University. And a planned restoration of the New Granada Theater, a historic jazz club with an art-deco façade. Since 2010, The Hill is also home to the Consol Energy Center, where the Pittsburgh Penguins play.
But economic and social progress has been an uphill battle here since the urban renewal of the 1960s, when the Civic Arena was built in the Lower Hill. That project separated the rest of The Hill from Downtown and displaced 8,000 residents and 412 businesses. Until 2013, The Hill’s 17,000 residents went 30 years without a local grocery store.
Still, private homeowners are invested in the community, college students are taking advantage of its central location and low rents, and former residents are moving back from the suburbs. Residents of The Hill’s five distinct neighborhoods – Crawford-Roberts, Upper Hill, Middle Hill, Bedford Dwellings and Terrace Village – walk, drive or ride the bus to work Downtown, the Strip District and Oakland.
In addition to its rich history, the Hill District is a place of beauty. From a vantage point at the Herron Hill reservoir – which marks one of Allegheny County’s highest altitudes – pedestrians can glimpse stunning views of Downtown, Lawrenceville, Bloomfield and other Pittsburgh neighborhoods for miles.
Pittsburgh as a driving force behind transportation technology
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
From bus-tracking apps to robotic traffic signals, the New Year has introduced some big changes for Pittsburgh in the realm of transportation. Part One of Pop City's three-part series on transportation issues within Pittsburgh and across Pennsylvania.
10 little things that will pack a big Pittsburgh punch in 2015
Melanie Cox McCluskey
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
From its tiniest residents to its biggest ideas, Pittsburgh made some strategic moves in 2014 that have the potential to reap big rewards in 2015 and beyond. Pop City Media predicts the people, projects and places to watch.
Innovative architects transform abandoned sites into neighborhood icons
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Through innovative sustainability and re-use practices, local design firms are preserving essential pieces of Pittsburgh history by turning neglected structures into neighborhood icons.
Impressions of Pittsburgh: what the arts delegates had to say about our city
Cally Jamis Vennare
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Recently, 1000 or so arts delegates from around the country converged in Pittsburgh to meet and to experience our arts scene. When we kept hearing them gush (like the newly turned-on fountain) about our city, we asked some to go on record with their impressions. From the president of PBS to the Director of the Austin Ballet, here's what they had to say.
What's next for The Pittsburgh Promise?
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
With a new infusion of funding and more evidence that it's working, The Pittsburgh Promise launches a new phase with the same outstanding promise to each city student who qualifies: $40,000 in college scholarships.
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Hill District agreement solidifies U.S. Steel headquarters and $20 million investment
The Hill District's long-awaited redevelopment is moving forward, thanks to cooperation among city officials, neighborhood residents, and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The new U.S. Steel headquarters will anchor the 28-acre project.
Pens' payment promises bright future for Hill District
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