Homestead is a gritty old steel town on the Monongahela River. Located adjacent to the Waterfront shopping district, a modern big box store and strip mall development, money and revitalization haven't spilled over into the old town. Homestead still looks as bombed-out as it must have been in the 1980s, when the steel industry collapsed. A lack of jobs isn't the problem now -- with Pittsburgh's unemployment lower than most places these days -- but nobody seems to want to live here (or Braddock, McKees Rocks, etc.). With so many affordable urban options in Pittsburgh, even urban pioneers tend to look elsewhere. But Homestead has a largely intact (if dilapidated) business district, a once-elegant residential section, and nice parks. There are a few signs of life -- cafes and vintage furniture shops have opened.
This photo tour only captures a few of the buildings. Homestead has many more, and is full of history and character.