A Brief History of Bloomfield
Bloomfield is located three miles from downtown Pittsburgh. Many refer to it as “Little Italy” because of its huge Italian-American population. Today, this vibrant and diverse neighborhood is also home to other individuals of European descent as well as many college students, due to its proximity to the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. This area hasn’t forgotten about its routes though, as they host Little Italy Days every year.
Bloomfield has a similar founding and history to Friendship up until the late 1860s. It was settled by German Catholic immigrants around that time, getting its name from the blooming flowers near the original site of the town. In 1900, Italians from the Abruzzi region settled in this area, forming Immaculate Conception Parish in 1905. Both ethnic Italians and Germans still occupy the neighborhood and give it its personality today. As of the year 2000, many young adults described as “creative and hip” moved to the area, partly because of its rich ethnic history and affordability.
A small park near the Bloomfield Bridge houses bocce courts, a nod to the Italian background of the area. Pittsburgh native Johnny Unitas returned to Bloomfield to play football after being cut by the Steelers in 1955. He played a season with the semi-pro team the Bloomfield Rams.