Lincoln Avenue

Lincoln Avenue

Bellevue, PA

http://www.bonafidebellevue.org

Welcome to Bellevue, Pennsylvania! Our charming community offers nostalgic history, urban vibrancy, small-town comforts, and convenient day-to-day amenities within walking distance to rows of Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and Craftsman homes housing approximately 8,300 residents. While Bellevue's main street has sustained core businesses like bakeries, diners, the hardware and grocery stores, both the recession and gentrification of Pittsburgh in the early 2000s riddled Lincoln Avenue with empty storefronts, rent-to-own stores, and pawn shops. A once-thriving business district that drew people from all over with its former movie theatre and bowling alley, was now deterring businesses and residents from settling here. Given Bellevue's small size (1.1miĀ²) and proximity to downtown Pittsburgh, our community is often overlooked for grants and financial support for revitalization efforts. After many failed attempts to secure funding, Bellevue's passionate citizens and local business owners rolled up their sleeves and worked to breathe new life into the main street to attract new opportunities. That's the character of Bellevue, and thanks to these dedicated locals, Lincoln Avenue features unique experiences that combine small-town staples with modern attractions such as the urban garden, bustling new brewery, a historic mansion turned fine-dining restaurant and unique boutiques which offer an array of items from soaps and scents to smoothies. As Lincoln Avenue evolves, there is still work to be done. Winning the America's Main Street Contest would grow our main street by investing tangible resources into the local community development corporation; enabling it to better support our independent business owners and community through the development of attractive and consistent facades and signage to unify our main street, and through the incorporation of local art, murals, and modern wayfinding to help guide locals and visitors. Help us grow our main street!