Inside out: As in many city neighborhoods, Friendship was once fertile farmland. The neighborhood was named for Friendship Farm, which was at the corner of Friendship and Roup avenues. It was owned by a Quaker.
In 1762, Casper Taub claimed the land along with Bloomfield and Garfield from the native Delaware tribe. The claim was recognized by the British in exchange for Taub’s promist to sell crops to the British garrison installed at Fort Pitt. Taub’s daughter Elizabeth married Joseph Winebiddle.
Located 4 miles east of the city core, Friendship has drawn urban dwellers interested in reclaiming its large houses and restoring them back to single-family homes. They appreciate its close proximity to shopping areas, hospitals and public transportation. The neighborhood is widely known for events like the annual Friendship House Tour and and the Friendship Folk and Flower Festival.
Schools: Pittsburgh Public Schools (pps.k12.pa.us) Students are eligible for Pittsburgh Promise scholarship money toward college (www.pittsburghpromise.org) and have a host of specialized magnet schools available.
Average SAT scores: Reading, 355; Math, 365; Writing, 328 (Pittsburgh Milliones 6-12)
Annual taxes for a property assessed at $100,000: $2,178.
City: $806 (8.06 mills)
School: $984 (9.84 mills)
Allegheny County: $388 (4.73 mills)*
Earned income tax: 3 percent
* includes the Act 50 Homestead Exclusion, which reduces the assessed value of a primary residence by $18,000.
— Rosa Colucci, Post-Gazette