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The Waterfront, Homestead

(4.3/5 based on 45 reviews on the web)
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. http://www.iww.org/en/taxonomy/term/244/all?page=2
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TripAdvisor
  • right along the river. nice variety of shops and restaurants, and a movie theater. hotels within walking distance (for those coming from out-of-town). outdoor "promenade" style of stores, not an indoo...  more »
  • Very good place for shopping, variety of shops and restaurants open mall, there's connection to many places in Pitts.
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  • If you're staying at a nearby hotel, it's a good way to kill some time. There are plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants, plus a theater, the Improv, and bike rentals, all within walking distance of s...  more »
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  • This is a nice shopping area. You could easily spend a day here. Shop around a bit, grab some food and drinks at one of the bars in the area. Movie theater, comedy club, Dave and Busters. A good amount of stuff to do
  • Overall, it's my opinion the Waterfront could be better. There's a lot of unused space that could be filled with even more unique stores/restaurants. However, there are some cool places... The highlights include Dave & Busters, The Improv comedy club, P.F. Changs, and Loews movie theater. Additionally, it's a great place aesthetically to walk around, with the fountain and river walk. Nothing special as far as shopping. A small Macy's with limited selection, and standards like Target, Marshalls/T.J. Maxx, Lowes, Office Depot, Giant Eagle, etc. MOST IMPORTANTLY-they NEED to do something about the freakin' trains that come thru like every 10 minutes, blocking the main entrance and tying up traffic!!! If you're visiting the Waterfront, plan on adding an extra 15 minutes to your trip, because YOU WILL be stuck waiting for a train to pass at least 50% of the time. Still, definitely worth a visit for out-of-towners.
  • Just an awesome place to go for shopping or dining out......... Find myself coming here often because almost anything you need can be found here.
  • Awesome place for one stop shopping just wish they had better sales.
  • Even though the Waterfront has the typical sprawling stores, theres a kind of charm of the location. It's a great place to walk around and explore. One of the best trails are near by too!