Stats (via Niche)
- Population: 5,783
- Size: 0.581 sq. miles
- Median Rent: $882
- Median Home Value: $213,877
East Liberty has changed dramatically in recent years but not for the first time.
This neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s East End was once a thriving commercial center that served many of Pittsburgh’s industrial millionaires who lived nearby. S’liberty, as it sometimes called, flourished as a central shopping district until suburban sprawl and poor city planning decisions took their toll in the Sixties, bringing urban blight and crime upon the community.
It’s a whole new scene today in the community which is bordered by Highland Park, Morningside, Stanton Heights, Garfield, Friendship, Shadyside and Larimer. Once again, it is a thriving place for businesses, residential living and shopping.
The redevelopment of the neighborhood has not been without controversy, with the twin issue of gentrification a growing concern since rents and housing prices have soared, pricing many out.
Beyond residential, the community has become a hub for entrepreneurs and startups who work at one of several business accelerators that make their home here, including the Beauty Shoppe, Ascender (formerly Thrill Mill), and AlphaLab Gear , all just a stone’s throw from the Google Pittsburgh offices in Bakery Square.
New restaurants such as Honeygrow and Pittsburgh-based Choolaah (for really great Indian barbecue), join Muddy Waters, Kahuna, Clean Juice and many more. You’ll also find Ace Hotel and Indigo Hotel and the new Warby Parker doing a brisk business on Penn Avenue. There’s also a beautiful and modern Carnegie Library branch, Target and of course, Trader Joe’s.
More East Liberty News
- Duolingo opening a taco joint where you can practice your Spanish in East Liberty
- Square Café’s new old home, Bae Bae’s Kitchen cocktails, a Gilded Age dinner and more food news
- Strange Roots partners with Off the Rail BBQ, Brew Gentlemen seeks artists for BG Open Air garden and more brewery news
- Billy Porter joins Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books to celebrate the city’s literary riches
- Duolingo’s efforts to be a good neighbor in East Liberty are recognized by Bloomberg