Have you ever reunited with someone after being away for a while and thought, “My, have you changed”?
Anyone who hasn’t seen East Liberty in a few years would be in for a shock. In some neighborhoods, the residential and businesses communities are always evolving but change is seeming to take place overnight in East Liberty.
The predominantly low-income, black neighborhood is seeing new businesses and residents coming, which is increasing rents. Some criticize the change as gentrification that is pushing out loyal East Liberty’s supporters who can’t afford to stay. Others say the redevelopment of dilapidated buildings and the decline in vacancies can only benefit East Liberty.