The Hill District: Still waiting for something great to happen

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New development will bring new jobs to the area – both in retail stores themselves, and with the construction companies that build them. Abrams, of the URA, said community leaders are working on ideas to establish a workforce in the Hill District, helping people have the means to stay there in the long term through home ownership.

“Keeping people in these neighborhoods is going to be extremely important,” said Abrams. When poor people are priced out of urban neighborhoods, their prospects are often far worse in suburban areas, where there are fewer jobs and less public transportation.

While there is renewed hope in the Hill District, there are still many obstacles to overcome. Abrams compared the revitalization to that experienced in New York City’s Harlem, which happened in increments, but eventually boomed.

“It’s the cusp of the turn of the neighborhood,” she said. “The market is going to take it (the rest of the way). We want to make sure they do it right. That’s heavy on the Hill District.”

“There’s a recognition this is an important place to a lot of people,” she continued. “They’re waiting for something great to happen.”

Susan Jacobs Jablow is a freelance writer. She can be reached at susanjablow@gmail.com.

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The view from Crawford Street toward downtown Pittsburgh where the Civic Arena once stood. Many families and businesses were displaced in this area during 1950s urban renewal. (Photos by Richard Kelly Photography with Kristi Jan Hoover)

 

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Friends Christina, Melaia, Tia Smith and Nikki Griffin sitting on the front stoop on Roberts Street in the Hill District. (Christina and Melaia

declined to give their last names.) (Photos by Richard Kelly Photography with Kristi Jan Hoover)

 

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A house for sale on Adelaide Street in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. (Photos by Richard Kelly Photography with Kristi Jan Hoover)

 

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A view from Cliffside Parklet in the Hill District. It overlooks the Strip District and the Allegheny River. (Photos by Richard Kelly Photography with Kristi Jan Hoover)

 

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Arn Payne is a sophomore at Montour High Schoolin Robinson Township and is the goalie for Montour’s hockey team. (Photos by Richard Kelly Photography with Kristi Jan Hoover)

 

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Tamisha Bascombe a University of Pittsburgh student, reads in Cliffside Park. She is doing a study for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. (Photos by Richard Kelly Photography with Kristi Jan Hoover)

 

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Leeretta Payne, a Hill District resident and entrepreneur, quilts on quiet mornings near the reservoir at Robert E. Williams Park. (Photos by

Richard Kelly Photography with Kristi Jan Hoover)

 

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A U.S. Postal Service worker walks across Webster Avenue. Beyond him is a view of downtown Pittsburgh buildings.(Photos by Richard Kelly Photography with Kristi Jan Hoover)

 

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Mike Brown plays on the basketball court at Robert E. Williams Park. (Photos by Richard Kelly Photography with Kristi Jan Hoover)

 

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Jayla Noble walks to work in the rain along Webster Avenue in the Hill District. (Photos by Richard Kelly Photography with Kristi Jan Hoover)

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The childhood home of playwright August Wilson at Roberts Street and Bedford Avenue in the Hill District. (Photos by Richard Kelly Photography with Kristi Jan Hoover)

 

 

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