Spring Garden (Pittsburgh)

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Spring Garden
Neighborhood of Pittsburgh
Row houses on hilly Itin Street afford a powerful view of the skyline.
Row houses on hilly Itin Street afford a powerful view of the skyline.
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Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Allegheny County
City Pittsburgh
 • Total 0.275 sq mi (0.71 km2)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 884
 • Density 3,200/sq mi (1,200/km2)

Spring Garden is a small neighborhood on Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's North Side. It takes its name from Spring Garden Avenue, which follows the floor of the valley that separates the two adjacent hilltop neighborhoods of Spring Hill and Troy Hill. Like those neighborhoods, Spring Garden was initially settled by the descendants of Germans and Austrians who had immigrated from Europe to East Allegheny in Allegheny City. These initial residents of Spring Garden worked in slaughterhouses, rendering factories, and tanneries located in this valley neighborhood. [2]

A 1974 report by Pittsburgh's Department of Urban Planning explained that "Historically, this neighborhood because of its location and convenience for industrial expansion out of the valley floor from the East North Side, has been of mixed industrial and residential uses. Today, the industrial uses are becoming marginal due to the age and lack of room to expand. This has left mostly row type residential uses to survive along the narrow streets on the valley floor and hillsides." [3]

Between 1974 and 2010, the neighborhood's population changed in several respects. In 1974 the neighborhood housed about 2,000 people and about 5% of the houses were vacant. [4] In 2010, the neighborhood's population had declined to about 800 people and about 25% of the houses were vacant. [5]


Until 1959 the neighbourhood was served by the 1 Spring Garden trolley operated by Pittsburgh Railways.[6]

Surrounding Pittsburgh neighborhoods

East Allegheny, Spring Hill, Troy Hill


  1. 1.0 1.1 "PGHSNAP 2010 Raw Census Data by Neighborhood". Pittsburgh Department of City Planning PGHSNAP Utility. 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2013. External link in |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "North Side: Spring Garden". Bridging the Urban Landscape. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Spring Hill" (PDF). Neighborhood Profiles. City of Pittsburgh Department of Urban Planning.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Spring Garden" (PDF). Pittsburgh Neighborhood Atlas.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Spring Garden" (PDF). City of Pittsburgh Neighborhood Profiles – Census 2010 Summary File. University (of Pittsburgh) Center for Urban and Social Research.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Pittsburghtransit.com - The Routes - PCC Operation". August 28, 2005. Archived from the original on August 28, 2005. Retrieved August 9, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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