spring garden

Spring Garden is a thin, almost crescent-shaped neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s North Side. The neighborhood sits in a pretty deep valley between Troy Hill and Spring Hill and is mainly composed of the few hundred meters of land on either side of Spring Garden Ave, the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare.

There’s a popular theory in urban studies that suggests that neighborhoods that are isolated by either natural (valleys, rivers, hills) or man-made (highways, dead-end streets) phenomena are increasingly likely to experience poverty, crime, and blight. Spring Garden, essentially tucked into a narrow valley with very few streets linking it to other neighborhoods, would be a good example for those who subscribe to neighborhood isolationist theories of urban poverty and decline.

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