A working-class community located on the eastern outskirts of Pittsburgh, Wilkinsburg looked similar to many other Rust Belt cities. A decade ago, faded brick bungalows, and the occasional blighted old building or abandoned property, remnants of the steel industry crash, obscured the solid foundations of turn-of-the-century neighborhoods such as Hamnett Place.

Today, taking a walk through the neighborhood tells a different story. Due to a long-term project undertaken by the nonprofit Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (PHLF) and its for-profit development arm, Landmark Development Corporation (LDC), the area has blossomed, with nearly 70 units of restored housing, a new neighborhood center, and ongoing preservation and restoration projects in the works.

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