420 Parade Street Erie Pa 16507 | 814 456-7062
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About the Neighborhood

Erie’s East Bayfront is a 25-block neighborhood located directly east of Erie’s downtown improvement district between Holland and Wayne Streets from East Sixth to East Front Street.

 

Social Capital Welcome To Erie's Historic East Bayfront

 

East Bayfront residents have a fierce love for their neighborhood. An active neighborhood watch and hours of volunteer labor donated by residents keep it clean, deter crime and help maintain two city parks. In response to their commitment, the City of Erie made improvements to Levy Park with re-surfaced tennis courts, new playground equipment and a drinking fountain. In addition, they now offer a summer recreation program for neighborhood children.

 

Each spring the Neighborhood Watch sponsors Beauty and the Bluff, an annual trash cleanup where residents and teenage community service volunteers pick up trash and clear debris that accumulates during our long Erie winters.

Residents plant and care for two gateway gardens and curb gardens along Parade Street, the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare.

 

In the spring of 2013, BEST along with East Bayfront neighbors and volunteers from the Cathedral of St. Paul and ServErie installed the first urban garden in the neighborhood, featuring edible plants.  Six families maintain individual garden plots and all neighbors contriubute to caring for plants available to the community.  

 

Residents organize and volunteer for neighborhood events like National Night Out, quarterly community meetings and outdoor movie nights.

 

Population

 

Approximately 2,739 people live in the neighborhood.

 

Income

 

The median household income is $ 17,375.

 

48.8% of residents living in the East Bayfront target area (Census Tract 4 block groups 2 & 3) live below the poverty level.

 

Housing

 

There are approximately 1,219 housing units in the East Bayfront neighborhood.  86% of housing units are occupied, while 14% remain vacant.  

 

39% of units are single-family units and 61 % are multi-family units.  

 

The majority of housing is renter occupied at 69% compared to 31% owner-occupied units.  


Crime

 

On July 1, 2009, Erie’s East Bayfront became a part of Erie Weed & Seed’s target area in response to increased crime as a result of Weed & Seed saturation patrols south of the neighborhood. Street crime is decreasing now that the neighborhood is part of the saturation patrols. In addition, a recent commitment from the Erie Police Department to additional patrols in the neighborhood has almost eliminated incidents of crime and nuisance behaviors. In the spring, the Erie Police Department will bring bike patrols back to the neighborhood, which will further deter criminal activity.

 

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