Formed in late 2018, with the support of Lawrenceville United, Lawrenceville Clean Air Now (LCAN) is a growing group of people who live and work in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. We are deeply concerned about the effect that air pollution in Lawrenceville and across Allegheny County is having on public health.
Our neighborhood is unique in Pittsburgh in terms of how close heavy industry is to other businesses and residences — far closer than modern zoning laws would ever allow. Lawrenceville is the only City neighborhood to be home to not only one, but two, of the “Toxic Ten,” the County’s biggest industrial polluters.
Time and change has drastically increased Lawrenceville’s housing and retail costs as well as neighborhood traffic. Yet few seem aware of the ongoing high levels of air pollution, which places at greater risk many of the neighborhood’s most vulnerable populations, including older adults, children, and individuals from low socioeconomic backgrounds.