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Getting in on the Ground Floor of the North Side and Homestead

January 5th, 2007 · 1 Comment

You’ve got to know a good thing when you see it.  That’s my conclusion after a couple days of thought concerning this week’s editorial in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Negative Pittsburgh.

The editorial takes aim at those around Pittsburgh who are criticizing efforts to build the North Shore Connector, a new Stadium for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and a few other projects around town.  Since some of those projects have been in the planning stages for over twenty years and are now projected to be significantly more expensive than when first considered,  I can understand the frustrations vented by the author, who probably went a bit to far.

After reading the article, it would be easy to become disheartened about the chances for progress in Pittsburgh.  But those who are relocating to Pittsburgh would be wise to take a chance on redeveloping areas like the North Side and Homestead. Plans to redevelop portions of the North Side (particularly Federal St. and North Ave.) have been spurred on by a recent Pa. Supreme Court decision and the announcement of the new north side casino.  Additionally, Homestead and surrounding areas are attempting to capitalize on the success of the Waterfront and spur business development in downtown Homestead and Munhall, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

While it is easy to be frustrated with the rate of progress, I think it can safely be said that few other cities are attempting to transform / redevelop at the rate and scale of what is occuring in Pittsburgh.  Those moving to Pittsburgh would be wise to consider getting in on the ground floor in these areas.  There’s no reason to be negative about redevelopment in Pittsburgh.

Tags: Homestead · North Shore · Pittsburgh · Real Estate

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Diane Cipa, General Manager, The Closing Specialists® // Jan 8, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    I was born in Homestead and think it’s a great place to buy real estate. I look for a resurgence of the 8th Avenue marketplace. The residential areas from 8th on up through and into Homestead Park are nice neighborhoods with affordable houses. I particularly like the area around the wonderful old Homestead library. Check it out!

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