Series: Elements of Change
Approximately ten years after Urban Renewal, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the East Liberty Valley began a long and arduous journey to rebuild. Over the next 30 years, the district would slowly work to revive itself; removing the pedestrian malls, redesigning Penn Circle, seeking and receiving historic district status, and encouraging the growth of small business. Instead of the top-down approach of Urban Renewal, a small grassroots approach is working in the East Liberty Valley today. Additionally, the arrival of major retailers like Home Depot, Whole Foods, and Target in the early 2000s has given the district a much needed economic boost.
As the 21st century commences, the East Liberty Valley is poised to once again become a major Pittsburgh destination. Businesses are returning. A new generation of city-dwellers, of urban pioneers, is calling the Valley home. The sense of place has been reestablished in the East Liberty Valley and the resiliency of the Valley has never been more evident. – East Liberty Chamber