A historically black intown Atlanta neighborhood boasting National Register Historic status
Pittsburgh, located in the southwestern corner of the intersection I-20 and 1-75/85, is steeped in history dating back to the Civil War and received National Register Historic status as one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods. The wide avenues encourage community interaction as well as commercial development, both of which will lead to a resurgence for this dynamic neighborhood. Pittsburgh consists of grid-patterned streets with cozy, durable houses on intimate lots.
The Atlanta BeltLine promises a great deal of potential for the neighborhood and will enhance existing plans to revitalize Pittsburgh’s McDaniel Street to main street status as a promenade and centerpiece. McDaniel Street will link to the BeltLine at its southern end, where it will intersect with land currently owned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Additional amenities include the Pittman Park and Recreation Center
, on the eastern boarder, which provides a playground, gym, tennis and basketball courts, and an Olympic-sized pool.
The Salvation Army Community Center, off of Metropolitan Avenue on the western edge of the neighborhood, offers more than 50,000 square feet of arts, recreation, worship, and community space. Additionally, the Center for Working Families, Inc., located just north in Mechanicsville, provides targeted employment, workforce development, asset building and entrepreneurial services and supports to Pittsburgh residents.
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Where are the boundaries of the Pittsburgh neighborhood?
Pittsburgh forms a triangle shape centering on McDaniel Street. The western border of Pittsburgh is Metropolitan Avenue; the northern border is Wells Street, just above Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard; the eastern border creates an angle along the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks east of McDaniel Street down to where they meet University Avenue; and the southern border cuts south of the BeltLine corridor just below University Avenue and north of Erin Avenue and Capitol View Manor.
Brief history of Pittsburgh
For a wonderful history of Pittsburgh, we defer to the expertise of the Pittsburgh Community Improvement Association and the description we found on their website:
Pittsburgh is one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods and was established by African Americans in 1883 on 554 acres in the aftermath of the Civil War in a segregated city. Atlanta’s economy during the late 1800s was dependent upon three major rail lines which merged near Five Points. The railroad has always played a defining role in the development of Pittsburgh. The neighborhood got its name because the land south of Pegran rail yards was so polluted it was nicknamed “Pittsburgh” after the steel mills in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The neighborhood’s earliest residents were laborers on the railroads and the conditions provided by steady employment and forced by segregation encouraged the development of African American-owned businesses along McDaniel Street, Pittsburgh’s “Main Street.”
Serviced by four streetcar lines running along Washington Street, Pryor Street, Stewart Avenue (now Metropolitan Parkway) and Georgia Avenue (now Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard), Pittsburgh experienced considerable growth during the early decades of the twentieth century. Neighborhood residential development followed typical African American platting patterns with single family houses and duplexes on small lots. The neighborhood is laid out in a fairly regular grid pattern.
The Atlanta Theological School (Salvation Army College) was constructed on the western side of the neighborhood along Metropolitan Parkway and is still a major presence in the community.
Starting in the 1950s, Pittsburgh began to experience several decades of decline. Many historically African American neighborhoods began to loose their more affluent black families as they moved to the west side of the City into former white-owned neighborhoods. Civil Rights, integration, and the departure of residents had a detrimental effect on black-owned businesses in Pittsburgh… and the 1960s dealt the neighborhood another blow when construction of I-75/I-85 cut off the southeastern tip of Pittsburgh.
A number of organizations have rallied to revitalize Pittsburgh – scroll down for ways to get involved!
How does the BeltLine connect with Pittsburgh?
The BeltLine runs the southern end of the Pittsburgh community, underneath highways 75/85, and parallels University Avenue.
What schools are in Pittsburgh?
Children in the Pittsburgh neighborhood attend the following Atlanta Public Schools: Gideons Elementary, Parks Middle School, and Carver High School.
How can you get involved in your Pittsburgh community?
If you are a member of a yahoo or google group in Pittsburgh, please email us and let us know ! In the meantime, you can support the work of the following organizations actively working to improve the quality of life in this southwest Atlanta community:
- Neighborhood Planning Unit-V (NPU-V), which includes the six intown Atlanta neighborhoods of Adair Park, Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Summerhill, and Capitol Homes.
- Partnership for the Preservation of Pittsburgh
- Pittsburgh Community Improvement Association : monthly Community Meetings are held every the first Saturday of every month at Pittman Park Recreation Center, 950 Garibaldi Street, Atlanta, 30310, 10 a.m. Click here to get involved!
- Center for Working Families
- Follow NPU-V on twitter
Pittsburgh and the Atlanta BeltLine in the news
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development got a personal tour of Pittsburgh neighborhood from The BeltLine Team. Click here for the story!