Playground in the heart of Millvale. Photo by Kate Buckley.
playground in Millvale, Jean Marc Chatellier Bakery, walker outside Lincoln Pharmacy, and mural outside Attic Record Store (all photos by Kate Buckley)

By pioneering entertainment and recreation opportunities that draw visitors from across the city, Millvale benefits from its existing historical architecture and riverfront topography.

Stats (via Niche)

  • Size: 0.68 sq. miles
  • Population: 3,714
  • Median Rent: $662
  • Median Home Value: $68,700

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Once called an industrial mill town on the decline, Millvale has made a new name for itself.

Once the Ewalt Covered Bridge and a segment of Pittsburgh’s famous trolley system connected Millvale to Lawrenceville. Today, the 40th Street Bridge connects music lovers who choose to walk or bike from Lawrenceville and Bloomfield to check out shows at Mr. Small’s Funhouse, a mid-sized venue in a converted church. In addition to a state-of-the-art theater, the Mr. Small’s experience includes two on-site full-service recording studios, a backstage rock hostel for visiting artists, and an art gallery.

The Millvale Riverfront Park makes the most of the borough’s waterfront location along the Allegheny River, with fishing, bike and boat rentals, Millvale Marina, a kayak and rowboat launch access, the Pittsburgh Food Truck Park and a tackle and bait shop. The Three Rivers Heritage Trail runs through the park and leads to PNC Park, Heinz Stadium and other hotspots along Pittsburgh’s North Shore.

Millvale also boasts a walkable business district that includes Pamela’s, a colorful breakfast and lunch spot (once visited by President Obama), as well as the destination French bakery of Jean-Marc Chatellier’s where you’ll find rows of macarons in all pastel colors and almond brioche and croissants to die for. It’s a true gem in the region. There’s more, including Attic Records and Grist House, a brew pub and beer garden where dogs are welcome and food trucks supply the snacks.

Technically outside of Pittsburgh’s city limits, tiny Millvale sits on 0.65 square miles on the northern bank of the Allegheny River, just east of Pittsburgh along Route 28. The borough’s 3,700 residents enjoy the treasures of the Millvale Community Library, an all-volunteer effort that transformed vacant buildings and lots into a garden space and reading hub in 2007.

The catalyst for Millvale’s revitalization has largely been the Millvale EcoDistrict Pivot 2.0 Plan which has become nationally recognized for improving the quality of life for residents through food, energy, air, water, mobility, and equity. The Millvale EcoDistrict Collaborative consists of the Millvale Community Library, the Millvale Borough, the Millvale Community Development Corporation, and New Sun Rising.

Millvale calls itself a rural town in an urban setting. With the mix of natural resources and a modern twist on the idea of industry, today’s Millvale is so much more than your regular run-of-the-mill town.

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