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Neighborhoods Features

Oakland hosted the second Anchor District Forum in December 2013

Eds and meds, unite: Anchor districts are new engines for job creation

Across the United States, anchor districts like Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood stabilize communities through creative placemaking and job creation. Here, an in-depth look at anchor districts in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Cleveland. 

The first floor of the re-designed Paramount Building

Innovative architects transform abandoned sites into neighborhood icons

Through innovative sustainability and re-use practices, local design firms are preserving essential pieces of Pittsburgh history by turning neglected structures into neighborhood icons.

Grandview Avenue

9 DIY fixes to spruce up your block on a shoestring budget

Fixing up the common areas in your neighborhood can have a butterfly effect that enlivens the whole community. Cheap and easy, these nine do-it-yourself tips can transform a street from so-so to showstopper.

A replica of a mystery in Kecksburg

The truth is out there....in Kecksburg, PA

Kecksburg is home to one of the state's most mysterious sites. On Dec. 9, 1965, something strange happened in this Westmoreland County town. Call it aliens, call it a conspiracy -- but definitely call it an adventure.

Little Free Library

Happening upon Heidelberg: The tiny borough with big plans

Tucked away in a quaint corner of Pittsburgh's South Hills, Heidelberg recently got a big dose of revitalization, including new sidewalks, street lanterns, benches and ornamental signs.
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