The Gayborhood: Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh

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A long, narrow neighborhood that curves alongside the Allegheny River north and east of downtown, Lawrenceville is a prime example of how numerous working-class neighborhoods in Rust Belt cities throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states have begun to blossom in recent years. Butler Street, lined with up-and-coming cafes, shops, bars, and restaurants bisects Lawrenceville.

Lawrenceville abounds with neatly kept — and still very affordable — brick and clapboard row houses inhabited by a mix of old and new residents, from retired factory workers to recent college graduates.

The city’s many gay and lesbian residents have played a big part in the neighborhood renaissance, which extends next door to increasingly trendy Bloomfield and East Liberty. Queer bars like the Blue Moon and Cattivo draw plenty of straight allies, while hipster-favored mainstream hangouts like Belvederes Ultra-Dive and Remedy pull in a number of LGBTQ folks each night.

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Authored By Andrew Collins
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