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Testimonial I LOVE living in Bloomfield because it is a very festive neighborhood. They like to celebrate and they love to have parades. The people who live here are friendly, and have a great sense of camaraderie, especially between neighbors. The location of this neighborhood is great, since it has many different bus routes that can take you to many different locations. The shopping and dining areas are great, and always filled with a little bit of history, combined with culture. Bloomfield offers so much for those who like to live in a place where they can have multiple experiences.
Named for the common grazing lands - "liberties" - east of Pittsburgh's original settlement, East Liberty became a city neighborhood when the trolley lines arrived. Soon its commercial center rivaled Downtown and produced luminaries like dancer Gene Kelly and Billy "Take the A Train" Strayhorn.
In the 1960s East Liberty became the poster child for failed urban renewal, but massive redevelopment efforts over the past decade have revitalized this historic community.
Historic buildings are being rehabbed, like the ornate old Regent Theatre, renamed the Kelly-Strayhorn. New restaurants, including Paris 66 Bistro and Abay, and bars like the Shadow Lounge - a spot for hip hop and acoustic music - complement the array of ethnic eateries. The Penn Avenue business district has everything from footwear to automotive supplies. Whatever you are looking for, you can find it in East Liberty.
The Home Depot, the first home improvement warehouse located within the boundaries of any major city in the United States, began the major revitalization effort in East Liberty. This was followed quickly by new grocery stores - Giant Eagle Market District, the region's only Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe's - which reassert East Liberty's centrality.
The neighborhood's greatest landmark, the East Liberty Presbyterian Church, endures. Once dubbed the "Mellon Fire Escape" after its robber baron Calvinists, it now embraces a diverse, socially active congregation, who call it the Cathedral of Hope.
Diverse selections of living opportunities are available in East Liberty, and range from apartments to townhomes to century-old Victorians.
SchoolsFamilies in East Liberty enjoy a variety of educational options. The Pittsburgh Public School District - which was recently named one of the Country's Top Ten Large Urban Districts by GreatSchools.org - offers a mix of neighborhood schools and specialized magnet choices in or near East Liberty, including:
- Pittsburgh Liberty International Studies K-5 Magnet
- Pittsburgh Fort Pitt PreK-5
- Pittsburgh Montessori PreK-5 Magnet
- Pittsburgh Fulton International Studies PreK-5 Magnet
- Pittsburgh Dilworth Tradtional Academy PreK-5 Magnet
- Pittsburgh Woolslair K-5
- Pittsburgh Obama International Baccalaureate 6-12 Magnet
- Pittsburgh Peabody 9-12
If you are interested in private, parochial, or charter school options, please visit the "Education" section of our resource page for links.
LibrariesThe Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest and most respected public library systems in the country. Established by Andrew Carnegie as a public trust in 1895, CLP has 19 locations throughout the City of Pittsburgh. Neighbors in East Liberty enjoy these branches:
- East Liberty Library
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