Garfield Artist Hopes 'Gentle Gentrification' Invites Neighborhood Reinvestment
Ceramic sculptor, printmaker and mosaic artist Laura Jean McLaughlin has welcomed patrons to her Penn Avenue studio for 14 years.
She was an early investor in Garfield, a newly re-imagined Pittsburgh neighborhood. But that wasn’t always the plan.
At the genesis of her career, McLaughlin was approached by the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, which since the 1970s, has worked to revitalize the community and improve its economy. They first showed McLaughlin the property she eventually bought.
For years, she passed abandoned buildings on her way to work. It was a tough neighborhood, she said, but “gentle gentrification” is changing all that.