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Old 01-08-2018, 08:56 AM
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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North Braddock is a borough to the east of Pittsburgh. The name is somewhat of a misnomer, because only a portion of the borough is across the railroad tracks, directly to the north of Braddock. Some of it is to the east of Braddock (the majority of the Edgar Thompson Steel Works are actually in North Braddock).

North Braddock's early history is, perhaps not surprisingly, tied up with the history of Braddock itself, and Edgar Thompson Works (which opened up in 1872). The area remained an unincorporated part of Braddock Township for several decades, but by 1897 several local neighborhoods banded together and formed North Braddock in an effort to stop East Pittsburgh from annexing land near the mill. The borough reached its population apex in 1930 with nearly 17,000 residents. Decline was relatively slow in the 30s and 40s, but the borough was in free-fall relatively soon thereafter. Today it has less than 5,000 residents.

North Braddock has two different residential areas which are totally separated by Edgar Thompson Works, Grand View Golf Club, and Braddock Cemetery. The western residential neighborhoods are an extension of the Braddock street grid, and have experienced a similar high level of white flight, blight, and abandonment. Eastern North Braddock, in contrast, is basically an extension of East Pittsburgh, and has historically been more intact and had less white flight. There's even a mid-20th century neighborhood at its northern fringes which looks well kept (or at least did when the Google Car passed by ten years ago).

The future for North Braddock seems dim at the moment. The "Braddock side" is basically Braddock without the rep or closeness to a few gentrified businesses. The "East Pittsburgh side" isn't anywhere near as bad now in terms of built environment, but continues to decline in tandem with East Pittsburgh. The borough lacks any business districts (and only has a few businesses other than the Works) and the housing stock is very modest, befitting its history as primarily a late 19th/early 20th century mill town.
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