Monday, December 07, 2009

Garfield, Pittsburgh

Prior to posting an offer on my latest house of interest, I biked there from work. It's thirteen minutes each way. The hill leading to the house is long and steep, but the view at the top is worth it.

According to Wikipedia,
Garfield's current residents have established some of their own traditions, including the "Turkey Bowl," a formal, full-contact football game on Thanksgiving Day played in full pads by teams called the Old Heads and the Young Bucks. But some of the neighborhood's current traditions are negative ones: drug dealing, prostitution, and illegitimacy are not uncommon in today's Garfield, and children attending the neighborhood's Fort Pitt School often fall behind their peers on national tests.
No wonder housing is cheap! But the article concludes:
There has also been some positive residential development: the East Mall and Garfield Heights Senior highrise was razed in 2005, and the townhouse units are scheduled to be demolished in 2007–2008, and replaced with mixed income units, as well as new replacement homes scattered through the neghborhood. Visitors to Garfield today will see a neighborhood on the rise, a formerly blighted community that is now becoming a vibrant community, with a focus on the arts, while not forgetting its roots.

3 Comments:

Anonymous dr perfection said...

my advice on buying is not to buy unless you plan to live in Pittsburgh for awhile.

and yes, Garfield was a bad place when I lived in the burg 15 years ago.

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a promising area in which to invest!

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Garfield is no worse than any other neighborhood in Pittsburgh, last I have seen, People getting shot, arrested, killed, performing prostitution in places like Washington, Pa, Penn Hills, Cranberry and many other "good" neighborhoods...There values (economic) just hasn't dropped...yet.

4:38 PM  

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