A bustling center of commerce. Experiment in 1960’s urban planning. Blighted failed 1960’s urban planning experiment. Return to vitality. East Liberty has worn a lot of hats over the years. But its latest act is one we hope sticks around for a while. And with outposts from Ace Hotel, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Target and soon-to-come Schoolhouse Electric, it looks like it is well on its way.
- The Shops: Whole Foods, Target, Giant Eagle Market District, Trader Joe’s, Home Depot all within a five-minute stroll for everyday shopping. Weisshouse’s amazing furniture showroom is also right up the street for an influx of style in your apartment.
- Proximity: There is so much happening in the East End and much of it is in easy striking distance on foot or bike from East Lib. Shadyside and the reinvigorated S. Highland Ave is adjacent while Highland Park and its beautiful homes and quaint main street are a short, tree-covered walk away. Further up Penn Ave you will bump into the Google Pittsburgh offices and toney shops at Bakery Square and a short zip down Fifth Ave lands you in the heart of Oakland (universities/hospitals).
- The Architecture: The beautiful old world construction is punctuated by mod new additions like the Carnegie Library.
- The Busway: Downtown is but a short ten-minute, traffic free ride.
- The Buzz: While so many neighborhoods are seeing growth and investment, East Liberty has caught the eyes of big out of town brands like Ace Hotel and Schoolhouse Electric. With those players laying the groundwork, expect more to follow with rumors of names like Zara, Steven Allen and Shinola scouting the hood.
- Density: While there are tons of great amenities and businesses, the neighborhood still has a ways to go in terms of future growth and filling in retail/housing gaps. And we hope this growth is for the greater community and not a select few as the dreaded G-word is often cited in the development in and around East Liberty.
- Missing green space: If you love concrete then you can move this up to the perks category. But in terms of public green spaces, you most likely need to jump on a bus or drive to Mellon Park or Frick to find grassy spaces to have a picnic or throw a frisbee.
- Bike Friendliness: Bike lanes haven’t made their way to East Liberty yet so the traffic can be a little daunting for the first couple rides.
For more information on East Liberty’s shops, restaurants and more see our sister publication, Urbanist Guide.