Monday, May 6, 2013

Enduring Community Assets

Looking down Ashlyn from Sherwood, 1908
Same view, 2013

The above left photo was taken by the Pittsburgh Public Works Department in 1908 at the intersection of Ashlyn and Sherwood. Only a couple of homes existed on Ashlyn then. The photo is part of the Pittsburgh City Photographer collection housed on the Historic Pittsburgh website, linked above. There are many similar photos of Sheraden intersections from this time, as it appears a lot of infrastructure was being constructed, like sewers and paved streets. The photo on the right is the same view today, 105 years later.

In the left of the photos you can see an old, wood-framed church building (the oldest in Sheraden). It's housed several different congregations over the years and is currently the Pneuma Center for Biblical Guidance. The church leadership has generously provided office space for both NeighborWorks and Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, allowing these agencies to have a consistent physical presence in the Sheraden community while they work towards its revitalization.

It also gives residents free and convenient access to important services right in their own neighborhood, like homeownership counseling, foreclosure prevention and mitigation, and credit repair. To schedule a free consultation with a trained and federally certified housing counselor in Sheraden, please contact NeighborWorks at 412.281.9773.

It's really neat to think that this little wood building is still functioning as a community asset after all these years!

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