This report presents a picture of the City of Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood community, which includes the neighborhoods of Hazelwood and Glen Hazel. Following decades of population decline and physical abandonment, there is a renewed interest in the community by many regional stakeholders, including The Heinz Endowments, the sponsor of this report.
Hazelwood developed as an industrial neighborhood in the last two decades of the 19thcentury, much like neighboring communities along the Monongahela River. Many immigrants settled in Hazelwood to make a living in the neighborhood’s coke mill and nearby steel plants, and shaped the character of the neighborhood in the first half of the 20th century. The adjacent community of Glen Hazel was originally developed as housing for defense workers in the 1940’s, and has been subsequently redeveloped several times as a public housing community by the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh.
Data from this report came from federal, state, and local data sources, including:
- U.S. Census Bureau;
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development;
- U.S. Postal Service;
- Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council;
- Allegheny County;
- City of Pittsburgh; and the
- Pittsburgh Public Schools.
Data can vary considerably from year to year for small geographic areas, such as neighborhoods and census tracts. For that reason, we often average data over three years to reduce the variability inherent in reporting change over time for small areas.
This document reports the combined totals for the Hazelwood and Glen Hazel neighborhoods except indicators involving residential property sales, mortgage originations, and mortgage foreclosures. These indicators are not applicable to public housing communities such as Glen Hazel. For this reason, only data for the Hazelwood neighborhood is reported for these three measures.
Changes in Census Tract boundaries in 2010 now result in the inclusion of Pittsburgh’s Hays neighborhood in Tract 5629, which also includes part of Hazelwood. Because data for the 2006-10 American Community Survey is not released for geographies smaller than Census Tracts, Hazelwood data presented in this report from the 2006-10 American Community Survey include Hays.