Extending northeast from the Strip along the Allegheny, the slopeside rowhouses of Lawrenceville start at Doughboy Square's WWI memorial, at 34th Street. Once home to Stephen Foster and later a mill-dominated neighborhood, Lawrenceville's intact main street and housing stock have made revitalization easy. Every day, it seems, more newcomers seek their places among Lawrenceville's three working-class-proud wards. Younger professionals snap up fancier brick places between 40th and 45th, while the city's close-to-the-bone hipsters find cheap rent among its wood-frame tenements and new entrepreneurs fill storefronts with new wares. Lawrenceville and the Strip have recently cast their lot together as the 16:62 Design Zone, a concept that celebrates the eclectic mix of artists' lofts and studios, architects' offices and craftsmen's workshops from 16th to 62nd streets. You'll also find Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute in one reoccupied old factory building, while the sublimely massive Heppenstall steel mill has been tidied up to await its second incarnation. Finally, behind castled gates from bustling Butler Street, the dreamlike Allegheny Cemetery reposes.
Getting around Lawrenceville is easy with these PAT routes
Butler Street: 64 from Lawrenceville to the Waterfront; 91 from Downtown to Waterworks; 93 from Lawrenceville to Oakland.
Penn Avenue: 54 from the North Side to the South Side via Oakland; 88 from Downtown to Bakery Square.
Liberty Avenue: 86 from Downtown to Wilkinsburg; 87 from Downtown to Morningside/Stanton Heights.
Live, Work and Play in Lawrenceville