At A Glance
- Median resident age: 37.1
- Average household: 2.2
- Median rent: $758
- Median home value: $96,752
- Median household income: $41,693
Previously a thriving community of factory workers in the iron, steel, glass and petroleum industries, Lawrenceville suffered a significant decline in the early 20th century as more and more of these enterprises moved away from the city. However, an influx of Eastern European immigrants and, more recently, trendy twentysomethings, has revitalized this riverfront community. The skinny streets are frequently overwhelmed by visitors and residents interested in participating in the growing vibrant nightlife in this art and live music hub. Butler Street, Lawrenceville’s long main artery, features kitschy boutiques and independent coffee shops, dive bars and hip cocktail lounges, and new and long-time entertainment staples. It has retained its industrial-era aesthetic, featuring affordable housing in narrow row houses and is a popular target for speculators interested in flipping houses.
Lawrenceville was founded by William Foster, father of hometown composer Stephen Foster, soon after the War of 1812, and is named for Captain James Lawrence, now known for his dying words “Don’t give up the ship” in reference to the USS Chesapeake. Allegheny Arsenal served as an important supply center for the Union Army during the Civil War due to its proximity to the Allegheny River and to iron production, and its history is recognized in the names of numerous establishments throughout the neighborhood, including the local public school, a bowling alley and a cider brewery.
- Stephen Foster, son of Lawrenceville’s founder, composed some of America’s first pop songs: “Oh Susanna” and “Camptown Races.”
- RuPaul’s Drag Race winners Sharon Needles and Alaska launched their lucrative drag careers at Lawrenceville’s Blue Moon Bar.
Port Authority Bus Routes
- 54 North Side-Oakland-South Side: South Hills, South Side, Oakland, Bloomfield, Strip District, North Side
- 64 Lawrenceville-Waterfront: The Waterfront, Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, Friendship Park, Children’s Hospital, Bloomfield
- 87 Friendship: Pittsburgh Zoo, East Liberty, Friendship, Bloomfield, Strip District, Downtown
- 91 Butler Street: Fox Chapel, Waterworks Mall, Strip District, Downtown
- 93 Lawrenceville-Hazelwood: Oakland, Squirrel Hill, Hazelwood
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