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Old 02-27-2017, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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East McKeesport is a small borough located to the east of Pittsburgh, adjacent to the "suburban" municipality of North Versailles and the small boroughs of Wilmerding and Wall. It currently has about 2,100 residents, down significantly from its height of nearly 3,500, but as old boroughs go, a decline of 39% since 1960 actually isn't too horrifying.

The borough was first built out to any extent in 1892. It was seemingly always meant solely as a residential and commercial area - initially a "streetcar suburb" with lines which went both to Wilmerding (many residents worked at what is now Wabtec) and McKeesport itself. The core of the borough is the oldest, with many homes constructed in the 1910s and 1920s, while some of the outlying areas were not built out until the 1950s.

The borough maintains a small business district along 5th Avenue. Although several of the storefronts are vacant, it has a bar, pizza shop, post office, hardware store, florist, two hair salons, bank, a guitar store, notary, and motorcycle shop. There are also a handful of more autocentric storefronts along Lincoln Highway in the borough.

On the whole, East McKeesport is of course in decline, but it appears to be a slow decline unlike some other suburban areas to the east of Pittsburgh.
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Old 02-27-2017, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Kittanning
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East McKeesport is fine. I wouldn't even go so far as to say it's in decline. I think it has generally always been a low-key, blue collar area, and that doesn't seem to have ever changed. As eastern suburbs go, it is as pleasant and affordable (and convenient) as any. In addition to modest mid-century style housing, there are also several late Victorian era homes in town. There are also some really nice tree-lined streets.
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Old 05-14-2017, 07:41 PM
 
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My Grandfather used to live in East McKeesport. He came over from England as a kid and stayed in East McKeesport until he died. I thought It was a pretty neat place and I loved the old brick roads and at that time they did still have a few Trolley cars. Usually when I mention East McKeesport to someone from Pittsburgh the make a face. I knew it was never a high end area but I thought the people were nice and it was convenient. We just went up for a week or so for vacation in the summer. I want to go back someday but who knows when.
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Old 05-16-2017, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Kittanning
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Usually when I mention East McKeesport to someone from Pittsburgh the make a face.
This is why people suck.
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Old 05-16-2017, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, Hilly South, Land of Doors
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Love the little main street there and the Daily News sign ...
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