East Allegheny is a tale of two hoods. The eastern part of the ex-town of Allegheny, PA, the neighborhood was annexed with the rest of the town in 1907 and was home to a large German population. The predominance of German immigrants in the area led the neighborhood to be called Deutschtown, a moniker that’s remained in place to this day.
So the two hoods part: East Allegheny is divided by the 279 expressway- the land east of the highway is often referred to as East Deutschtown, the land west, West Deutschtown. The east side of town has few businesses, many vacant homes and buildings, and bleak, narrow streets and alleys. The west side is booming with green space, renovated homes, architectural marvels, coffee shops, bars, you name it. Let’s discuss.