Pennsylvania · Pittsburgh · Housing




Fig. 1. Most of the homeless encampments I’ve seen around Pittsburgh have been on the North Side. This one is downtown, right by a Parkway (Interstate 376) onramp. Photograph by author, May 22, 2023.

Fig. 2. The old Hazelwood library branch. It has been replaced with a new branch on Second Avenue. Photograph by author, May 1, 2020.

Matthew Yglesias, “What’s the Most Affordable City in the World?” Slate, January 28, 2014,

Bob Bauder, “Pittsburgh settles court battle over Penn Plaza Apartments,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 27, 2017,

Ryan Deto, “Pittsburgh is one of the most gentrified cities in the U.S.,” Pittsburgh City Paper, April 4, 2019,

Ryan Deto, “The displacement of Anthony Hardison from his Lawrenceville apartment is a microcosm of a neighborhood epidemic,” Pittsburgh City Paper, January 15, 2020,

Rich Lord, “How an anti-blight law has become a tool for ambitious landlords in Allegheny County,” Public Source, December 18, 2020,

Tom Davidson, “Is there a crisis of ‘forced mass displacement’ of Black Pittsburghers? Residents, council divided on answer,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 6, 2021,

Kimberly Rooney, “How rising rents and renovations have displaced Pittsburghers and added to the city’s ongoing issues with gentrification,” Pittsburgh City Paper, April 28, 2021,

Rich Lord, “Can East Hills residents reverse ‘blightlining’ and ‘rotrification’ on Park Hill Drive?” Public Source, June 9, 2021,

Charlie Wolfson, “Inclusionary zoning is taking hold in Lawrenceville. Is the rest of Pittsburgh next?” Public Source, June 16, 2021,

Bill O’Toole, “Pittsburgh lacks affordable housing for everyone. Here are key resources for starting your search,” Public Source, January 24, 2022,

Tawnya Panizzi, “Tarentum residents will face instant penalty for unsafe, eyesore properties,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 9, 2022,

Amelia Winger, “Eyesores, nuisances and hazards. What can residents do about blight?” Public Source, March 15, 2022,

Leslie Cook, “This U.S. City Is the Most Affordable Housing Market in the World,” SFGate, April 21, 2022,

Eric Jankiewicz, “URA weighs joining Housing Authority to aid new homeowners,” Public Source, September 8, 2022,

Mark Belko, “Quicker conversions of Downtown Pittsburgh offices into apartments moving closer to reality,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 21, 2022,

Eric Jankiewicz, “URA sells off land for affordable housing, approves first-time homebuyer plan,” Public Source, October 13, 2022,

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods pay the price for abandoned and decrepit homes,” October 15, 2022,

Mark Belko, “A different bird: Shady Hill Center redevelopment to feature Market District store,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 9, 2022,

Lily Katz, “Rental Market Tracker: Rents Rose 7.8% in October—Slowest Growth in 14 Months,” Redfin, November 16, 2022,

Julia Felton, “Pittsburgh streamlines process to convert unused Downtown office space into housing,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 8, 2022,

Michael Korsh, “The city of Pittsburgh’s wasteland of unsafe, abandoned homes,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 3, 2023,

Michael Korsh, “Housing advocates wage legal battle to take over Pittsburgh’s blighted properties,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 12, 2023,

Eric Jankiewicz, “Pittsburgh’s push for rental registration nixed by appeals court,” Public Source, March 17, 2023,

Eric Jankiewicz, “Pittsburgh’s mayor asked for expert advice on homelessness. Here’s what the mayor — and you — should know,” Public Source, May 23, 2023,

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