Polish Hill (Pittsburgh)
|Neighborhood of Pittsburgh|
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
|• Total||0.255 sq mi (0.66 km2)|
|• Density||5,000/sq mi (1,900/km2)|
Polish Hill (Polish: Polskie Wzgórze) is a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Primarily a residential area, it is home to one of Pittsburgh's oldest and largest churches, the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Large numbers of Polish immigrants settled the neighborhood after the mid 1800s. They were attracted to the many jobs in Pittsburgh's burgeoning steel industry, which immigrants could perform even before learning much English. After World War II, construction of highways were supported by the federal government, and new residential areas were developed in the suburbs. Polish Hill and other neighborhoods began to lose population as some of its more established residents joined the suburban movement, a process seen in many established cities in the US. At the same time, Polish Hill has many residents who are descendants of the immigrant ancestors and is attracting new residents who value its scale, walkability, and proximity to jobs and amenities.
Surrounding Pittsburgh neighborhoods
Polish Hill has five borders with the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Lower Lawrenceville to the north, North Oakland to the southeast, Upper Hill District to the south, Bedford Dwellings to the southwest and the Strip District to the west and northwest. Polish Hill also runs catty-corner (without a direct border) with Bloomfield to the east with its meeting point at the center of the Bloomfield Bridge.
Polish Hill is represented in the Pittsburgh City Council through the council member for District 7.
- Toker, Franklin (1994) . Pittsburgh: An Urban Portrait. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. ISBN 0-8229-5434-6.
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