Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood has gotten a lot of good attention lately. It has a new hospital, a burgeoning retail district, and is generally considered to be one of the city’s more up-and-coming, trendy areas. Some might even say it is gentrifying.
I know I’ve seen a lot of new shops springing up there, but I’m not familiar enough with the area so say if it is really gentrifying or not – are long-time residents being forced out by rising rent costs? Have community groups opposed some of the changes? Can a neighborhood have hip stores and boutiques and still maintain the blue-collar folks that have lived there all along?
Here’s a blogger who has some thought on the subject: his witty post really slams an anarchist anti-gentrification poster urging people to “Help Keep Lawrenceville Dangerous.”
I’m eager to hear what Pittsburghers think about this neighborhood and this debate.