Terrell Thomas, pictured in front of the vacant lot that used to be his family home, lost his brother to gun violence in Beltzhoover in 2001. Sixteen years later, he’s troubled by persistent violence on the Hilltop. (Photo by Jeffrey Benzing/PublicSource)

The ‘new Pittsburgh’ takes root on the Hilltop. But gun violence remains.

The main drag was once a strip of busted pavement. Now there are tech startups, new boutiques and restaurants (as well as our newsroom). It’s a welcome change from negative attention for crime and violence that has stigmatized the area, along with neighboring Beltzhoover and Knoxville. But the Hilltop hasn't been able to shed its history of violence as the community has been revitalized.

Myths and truths about gun violence in Pennsylvania

Guns kill 1,400 Pennsylvanians every year. That’s a clear, round statistic, but it’s a complicated one, encompassing deaths in our biggest cities, small towns and rural areas. PublicSource has spent the last three weeks taking a closer look at these deaths and what can be done to prevent them.