Atlanta’s Pittsburgh neighborhood is a historically black part of the city with a long history. Properties in this section of Atlanta were first established in 1883, making Pittsburgh one of the oldest neighborhoods in the area. The name comes from its early industrial aesthetic, which reminded founders of working-class Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Today, homes for sale in Pittsburgh are some of the cheapest in the city. For most of the recent past, the neighborhood has been one of the more underdeveloped areas in Atlanta, and residents typically have incomes below national averages. However, there are signs that the community is being revitalized through job creation and bold new construction projects currently underway.
Apartments and home rentals are the predominant modes of housing in Pittsburgh. Roughly 79 percent of residents rent, rather than own housing. The median home value is $55,100, far lower than the national average of $184,700. Yet, rent prices are not significantly below the national average ( $843 monthly, as opposed to $949 per month). The median household income among residents is $20,847, which is less than half the national average for that category.
The educational demographics in Pittsburgh are consistent with other U.S. neighborhoods when examining the number of residents with high school diplomas or some level of college. However, renters and homeowners in Pittsburgh are likelier to not have high school diplomas and are less likely to obtain bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Dining options in the Pittsburgh neighborhood mostly consist of fast-food chains, but there are a few nearby options that stick out among locals:
- The Jamrock Jerk Center
- Nicky’s Seafood
- The Shack BBQ
- GQ’s BBQ
Additionally, the Blue Ivory Nightclub is open 24 hours a day and is an entertainment option, while also serving American and southern comfort dishes.
New residents of Pittsburgh properties will find that shopping options are scarce, save for a beauty shop on the north side of the neighborhood and a few auto stores, but this is one area in which development plans are totally revamping. Residents, along with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, are working to transform a large area at 352 University Avenue into an exciting shopping and recreational area. Recently, the 31-acre property has been named Pittsburgh Yards in honor of the neighborhood’s industrial history. Construction began in early 2018, and aims to create space for creative small businesses to slot in. The property will also be a hub for community events and will be the future site of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site main office.
While Pittsburgh crime rates are poor, with higher-than-average assault and robbery cases, other aspects of the community are headed in a positive direction. Education for children of renters is served by the following public schools:
- Gideons Elementary
- Parks Middle School
- Carver High School
Gideons, in particular, is implementing the Kindezi model, which emphasizes strong community bonds, social activism and awareness, number-centric results and active, energetic curricula.
Access to the city of Atlanta from Pittsburgh’s rentals and homes is excellent. The neighborhood runs up against I-75, a major interstate for metro access, and residents can walk to a number of entertaining areas of downtown, including the Atlanta Zoo, the West End Mall and Grant Park. Several MARTA stations are also nearby, making public transportation easily accessible. These are the Garnett, West End and Oakland City MARTA stations. Further, at the southern part of the neighborhood, residents have easy access to Atlanta’s BeltLine.
In Pittsburgh, itself, Pittman Park and Recreation Center is available for entertainment and exercise opportunities. Several athletic courts, including tennis and basketball courts, run alongside a playground, a large pool and a local gym area. Residents also have recreation options at the massive Salvation Army Community Center in the neighborhood.
Real estate in Pittsburgh has not been among the most desired in the city, but educational pursuits and community undertakings, such as that of the Pittsburgh Yards, have paved the way for a brighter future, opening the door for this to be an Atlanta neighborhood to look out for in the coming years.
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