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The Waterfront, Homestead

The Waterfront is a super-regional open air shopping mall spanning the three boroughs of Homestead, West Homestead, and Munhall near Pittsburgh. The shopping mall sits on land once occupied by U.S. Steel's Homestead Steel Works plant, which closed in 1986. It has a gross leasable area of 700000sqft in "The Waterfront" and 400000sqft in "The Town Center." The development officially opened in 1999. More development continued into the early 21st century.The Waterfront is accessible from the Parkway East via the Homestead High-Level Bridge, now known as the Homestead Grays Bridge. Pennsylvania Route 837, which runs through the town of Homestead also connects drivers to The Waterfront via Amity Street and Waterfront Drive.HistoryFrom its storied past, only smokestacks remain on the site that once helped to give Pittsburgh the name "Steel City."In 2005, Industrial Workers of the World celebrated their 100th Anniversary, having formed in 1905 out of the palpable labor struggles of that era. The local celebration included events held at the Pump House on the site of The Waterfront.
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  • We visited the Waterfront with another couple recently. It's convenient to get there from Downtown and the Southside. It's not too big in terms of acreage so walking through it from end to end is with...  more »
  • The waterfront area is convenient to the hotels in the same area as well as to Squirrel Hill and Downtown. The are is clean with a wide assortment of shops, but they're all chains (with the exception ...  more »
  • Stayed at the Hampton Inn (see my review) and enjoyed the whole scene on the Waterfront. There's a huge multiplex theater, lots of stores for everyone, great restaurants (love P.F. Changs) and an alto...  more »
  • Great shops. Great restaurants. Great place for a "date night". Lots to do whether you're there looking for something at a specific store or just want to enjoy a nice afternoon or evening wandering around soaking up the vibe while having a Starbucks coffee or a delicious fruit smoothie. I'm often down there to go to a movie, shop at the nearby Costco, or dine at one of MANY amazing restaurants. Highly recommend spending some time down there exploring. But being your wallet because you WILL want to spend some money while you're there!
  • It's a great place to walk around in the summer, grab a bite and see a movie. Perfect first date location for sure. They keep it super clean and can be a fun night spot with the comedy club and Dave & Buster's! You can easily drop $100 or keep it cheap too depending on what you do. Options for both deep and shallow pockets.
  • Easy access from either end of the shopping center, can be congested certain times of the day. Wish they had a "visitors center" or "information" type office to visit. Would make it easier to shop down there & maybe provide advertising efforts for the stores more i.e. offer coupons to shop at the various outlets or something esp. for all the out of state visitors that come not only during the holidays but throughout the year. I'm in marketing/advertising & that would boost the shopping/dining efforts a lot more. Some of the driving throughways are not easy to manage it's more like a maize. Not very well designed at all & have been in a "near miss" or two & have witnessed the same. No definitive roads vs. parking lots especially near the middle area shops. It does provide a variety of restaurants & shops but still would like to see more. No office supply store there any more would like to see another one move in its place. Don't see "security" type vehicles monitor the lots very much but maybe the local police does that, not sure. Seems like crime is at a minimum here at least, so safe to visit.
  • It is clean, convenient, has a good selection of stores, doesn't look like it is about to go out of business, like a lot of brick and morter malls. It has a large grocery store that carries beer and wine, and 2 nice anchor stores (Macy's and Target) and other stores for all ranges of shoppers. The population is diverse and get along very well.
  • This apartment complex is outside of Pittsburgh enough to where you have space and less noise, but close enough to where the commute is not terrible, even with rushour traffic. The common areas like the pool, recreation areas, and walking/cycling areas are well maintained and have a nice community feel. The apartments themselves are allot bigger for a lot less than in the city, with FREE PARKING! Unheard of downtown. Definitely a nice place to hang your hat.

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