The Lawrenceville Corporation—driven by the Lawrenceville community—acts as the catalyst and conduit for responsible and sustainable growth.
The Lawrenceville Corporation was formed in January 2000 as a merger of the Lawrenceville Development Corporation (LDC) and the Lawrenceville Business Association (LBA). Both the LBA and LDC had been in existence since the mid-1980s and were formed in response to neighborhood decline stemming from Pittsburgh’s economic crisis during the 1970s and 1980s.
The merger yielded a new organization with a strong combined board of directors: the Lawrenceville Corporation. The organizational mission, membership, and much of the programming trace back to the original two entities. Since the merger, the LC has gained local and national recognition for its innovative niche marketing programs like the 16:62 Design Zone and the Doughboy branding campaign, recruitment efforts that have yielded numerous destination-type retail and restaurant businesses, and the commercial and residential efforts throughout the neighborhood.
The Lawrenceville Corporation envisions a thriving neighborhood where:
- Our diversity defines and strengthens us;
- Authenticity, neighborhood identity, and history are celebrated;
- Housing builds and preserves opportunities for people of varying incomes, backgrounds, and abilities;
- Open space is cherished, filled with amenities, and accessible to all;
- The riverfront is vital public space for all, serving as a connector and destination;
- Well-designed mobility infrastructure serves 21st Century needs, and ensures safety and accessibility for all modes of transportation;
- Small, independent businesses and creative endeavors flourish;
- Commercial corridors meet neighborhood need and attract visitors from around the world.
The Lawrenceville Corporation strives to activate community plans and live our shared values. We commit ourselves to:
- Advancing fairness, justice, and equity
- Demanding dignity and respect for people and community
- Being courageous
- Empowering people
- Being credible, transparent, and accountable
- Leading with empathy and creativity
- Inspiring thoughtful, honest, and inclusive community participation
- Partnering and welcoming the opportunity to share