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East Liberty

East Liberty takes the prize for the most impressive turnaround neighborhood in Pittsburgh of late. That includes rehabbed old buildings, like the ornate Kelly-Strayhorn to an apartment building underway on the corner of N. Highland along with new restaurants, including BRGR, Spoon, Dinette, Paris 66 Bistro and Union Pig & Chicken. This area also boasts three grocery stores, from the first Whole Foods in town to Trader Joe's and Market District Giant Eagle. And its greatest landmark, the East Liberty Presbyterian Church, endures. Don't miss the artsy and cool new pedestrian bridge behind EastSide that now connects this area with Ellsworth St.

Plenty of Port Authority bus routes serve East Liberty and the core of the EL transit service is the much-loved Martin Luther King, Jr. East Busway which bypasses local traffic to zip passengers between Downtown and the East End. Numerous local buses also provide service from East Liberty to Oakland, Downtown and various city neighborhoods – routes include the 71C, 74, 77, 82, 86, 88 and 89 on Penn Avenue, the 71A on Negley and the 71B on Highland.


East Liberty Celebrates MLK at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Photo by John Altdorfer.

Video rewind: East Liberty

A few years back, Pop City took stock of one of its fastest-changing neighborhoods through some compelling video storytelling. Catch this pivotal moment in East Liberty's rebirth, originally published on March 28, 2012.

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The Kelly Strayhorn Theater welcomes the community into its home

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty goes beyond its role as a performing arts hub to serve a social gathering space for everyone in the community.

Pennwriters Conference's intensive workshop

Writing the future: How Pittsburgh authors nurture the local creative community

Pittsburgh boasts a crop of talented authors devoted to perfecting their craft and dedicated to nurturing a creative community of emerging and experienced writers.

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Bus meets bike: How the next wave of commuters is changing the urban landscape

In Pittsburgh and across the state, the humble bicycle is mobilizing efforts to usher in a new era of public transportation. In Part Three of our three-story series on transportation, Pop City navigates the connection between buses, bikes and the commuters who depend on them.

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Welcome to Pittsburgh: A guide to navigating town for tourists and newcomers

In Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, finding your way using public transportation is about to get a little bit easier. In Part Two of our three-story series on transportation, Pop City guides you to the best resources for getting around on train, bus, bike or incline. 
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