City of Pittsburgh: Neighborhood Typology

Report National Resource Network Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania March 15, 2017 Equity

In 2017, the National Resource Network partnered with the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to develop a neighborhood analysis and typology that could be used to support the city’s equitable development efforts and implementation of housing and community development programs. Pittsburgh sought assistance to support its HELP Initiative – Homewood, East Hills, East Liberty, Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar, and Larimer Protection Initiative – a comprehensive, resident-driven initiative to protect, strengthen, and rebuild targeted communities in the city’s East End.

The neighborhood typology priorities were to increase community capacity, improve schools, build pathways to opportunity, and create and preserve affordable housing. Using geographic information systems (GIS) analysis, the Network provided mapping of key community opportunity indicators in the following areas:

  • Housing
  • Education
  • Economic opportunity
  • Other indicators of opportunity, including health, transit and walkability

The Pittsburgh neighborhood typology provides a framework for evaluating access to opportunity on a neighborhood level, in its current state.

The Network also conducted analysis using additional local data – i.e., school quality, home sales, etc. – to analyze how neighborhood conditions changed over time. The goal was to leverage the analysis to demonstrate how neighborhood investments and strategies could be targeted to move the needle on these opportunity indicators and integrate with equitable development. In addition, the Network provided guidance on implementation strategies, funding and place-based investments to spur change.

The Pittsburgh typology is publicly available today, and can be found here.

The Network’s engagement team in Pittsburgh was led by consortium member Enterprise Community Partners.

City of Pittsburgh: Neighborhood Typology