Being 80 years of age, I remember how the Hill District was and how the Hill District is today. I was raised on Webster Avenue, up over Herron Avenue. I remember before the Civic Arena was built and the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, the Hill District and its community were well known.
If you were a Pittsburgher from the Hill District—a Negro or Afro-American as we are now called today—any city that you would go to and was asked, “Where are you from?” “I’m from Pittsburgh, Pa.” “Oh, the Hill District—Fullerton and Wylie, the Crossroads of the World.” The name was thought up by Mary Dee, the DJ of WAMO radio Station located on the corner of Herron and Centre Avenue.
I want to thank Mrs. Marimba Milliones, Mr. Carl Redwood and our councilman R. Daniel Lavelle for standing up and fighting for the Hill District and getting back some of the things that were taken away from the Hill in the last 40 years.
Yes, we want our businesses back on Centre Avenue, just like East Liberty, Bloomfield, Squirrel Hill and Shadyside. Don’t you think this neighborhood needs a business district like the ones that are mentioned?
Yes, I would say that Centre Avenue business district is slowly progressing. But my question is are we waiting to see what they are going to do with the monstrous parking lots across from the Arena? What will that have to do with our business district on Centre Avenue?
Herman A. Talley
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