Friday, August 23, 2013

Little Italy in a less than Italian Pittsburgh

Little Italy days are ongoing in Bloomfield.   Here are some graphics I put together in the past on the state of Italian Pittsburgh.  Interestingly, parts of Bloomfield are still showing to be the most Italian parts of the city, but the city as a whole is remarkably one of the least Italian parts of the county.  These maps would have looked very different just a few decades ago. Also these maps are reflecting data roughly 5 years old. Current data might look pretty different from these.

BTW, there is a big new rapid transit station being planned for Little Italy as well.  If only it was the same Little Italy. Yes, Cleveland is investing $$ in its rail transit as well as bus.


Anonymous BrianTH said...

Aren't those also in part maps where non-white people live in general?

Friday, August 23, 2013 9:40:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

Not usually. Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze, and other very white parts of the East End show up not very Italian.

Saturday, August 24, 2013 1:34:00 PM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

Keep in mind neighborhoods like Shadyside and Squirrel Hill have relatively large Asian (and to a lesser extent Hispanic) populations.

But yes, I wasn't trying to imply the Italian population was perfectly evenly distributed among the white population (hence the "in part").

Saturday, August 24, 2013 8:39:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

Those neighborhoods are still the great middle class white people reserves of the the city. I was startled to see how uncommon Italians are in Squirrel Hill, probably because I live there in a household of three people of Italian descent.

Sunday, August 25, 2013 9:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Buddy said...

Ever see/read the book "Left for Dead" by local author Sal Greco? It chronicles the Pittsburgh organized crime scene in Lincoln/Larimer in the 1960s and 70s. I believe that many of those Italians decamped for Penn Hills, Monroeville and Plum.

Monday, August 26, 2013 9:09:00 AM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

"Those neighborhoods are still the great middle class white people reserves of the the city."

I don't think that is quite right in percentage terms (which is what the original map in question reported).

As of the 2010 Census, Shadyside was 71.9% White, Squirrel Hill North was 75.0%, Squirrel Hill South 82.0%. Bloomfield was 81.6% White, Polish Hill 82.9%, Central Lawrenceville 86.2%, Greenfield 88.3%, Swisshelm Park 90.1%, Regent Square 92.3% . . . .

I think the effect of Asian-heritage people in particular on these numbers is sometimes underestimated. As of 2010, Shadyside was 19.9% Asian Alone. Central Lawrenceville was only 1.7% Asian.

Again, this is certainly not the only reason Squirrel Hill in particular doesn't have all that many Italians as compared to Bloomfield. But it is likely to make a difference in general if there are significant differences in the non-white percentage, and in fact I think that would be demonstrated not just in the City neighborhoods but also other parts of the County.

Monday, August 26, 2013 10:26:00 AM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

The South Side Flats may also be worth looking at, since it shows up as green on the Italian map. It was 93.1% White as of 2010 (only 2.2% Asian).

Monday, August 26, 2013 10:48:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

In Squirrel Hill, I think the different isn't Asians unless you go back far enough to consider somebody Jewish is Asian. In a sense.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 10:04:00 AM  
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