Homewood’s Business and Institutional Core was once a thriving commercial district serving
a population of over 30,000 residents. Businesses filled in the length of Homewood Avenue,
extending north from the Pennsylvania Railroad underpass to Frankstown Avenue. Frankstown
Avenue had a one-sided commercial district: the south side of the street was lined by municipal
trolley maintenance buildings for several blocks. Many institutions already had a presence within
the Core district and continue to thrive there today. While Homewood and Frankstown Avenues
comprised the primary neighborhood business districts, additional pockets of commercial uses
were clustered on Hamilton, Brushton and Braddock Avenues.