Curbing Vacancy and Accelerating Economic Development in Wilkinsburg
In historic Wilkinsburg, over 18 percent of the building stock is vacant. Community-driven efforts aim to revitalize these spaces and bring in a new wave of economic development and vibrancy to Wilkinsburg. TheWilkinsburg Vacant Home Tour, for example, showcases the rich histories of several abandoned properties and provides resources on how to acquire and rehabilitate vacant properties. Marlee Gallagher, Communications Coordinator of the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation, and Marita Garrett, Councilwoman of Wilkinsburg’s Ward 1 and a local entrepreneur, discuss the Wilkinsburg Vacant Home Tour and other economic development initiatives serving the community’s residents and businesses.