Avalon Borough

Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

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Avalon Borough Hall is located at 640 California Avenue, Avalon, PA 15202.
Phone: 412‑761‑5820.

Avalon [†], Bellevue, Ben Avon, and Ben Avon Heights [†] are some of the Pittsburgh area's most unique inner-ring suburbs. During the steel industry, these communities were utilized as summer retreats. The four communities' natural and man-made beauty is evoked in their names. "Avalon" derives from the Welsh name of a legendary island in the tales of King Arthur, an "island of apple trees." "Bellevue" is French for "beautiful view." "Ben Avon" and "Ben Avon Heights" share their names with a mountain in the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland, with "ben avon" translating to "hill of the waters."

They are best characterized by the aesthetically pleasing historic homes lining their streets, bustling business districts, beautiful natural scenery, and a convenient central location just beyond the City of Pittsburgh's limits. Throughout the years, these communities remained attractive places to live, work, and play with their "suburban streetcar" (see: Streetcar Suburbs: 1888-1928) atmosphere. While there are signs of population loss, shrinking tax bases, and shifting demographics, a number of assets remain that could lead to unequivocal opportunities for revival. This comprehensive plan aims to identify those assets and opportunities for Avalon, Bellevue, Ben Avon, and Ben Avon Heights while keeping in mind potential challenges.

† Joint Planning Commission for the Boroughs of Avalon, Bellevue, Ben Avon and Ben Avon Heights, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Together at Our Best,

Nearby Towns: Bellevue Boro • Ben Avon Boro • Coraopolis Boro • Crafton Borough • Franklin Park Boro • Glenfield Boro • McCandless Twp • McKees Rocks Borough • Millvale Boro • Pennsbury Vlg Boro • Pittsburgh City • Ross Twp • Stowe Township • Thornburg Boro •

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