Vivian Campbell at the doorway of her “new” apartment at Mellon’s Orchards on April 25, 2017. (Photo by Maranie Rae Staab/PublicSource)

After being displaced from Penn Plaza on March 31, 2017, Vivian Campbell was able to remain in the East Liberty neighborhood where her family lived for five generations. A year later, Campbell’s future in the neighborhood was again uncertain. In April 2018, I wrote a story for PublicSource that chronicled her tumultuous year, during which she was diagnosed with cancer. You can read it here:


Displaced from Penn Plaza, Vivian Campbell now faces an uncertain future

As an addendum to the story, Campbell reached an agreement with a her building’s owner, East Liberty Development, Inc. (ELDI), that allowed her to remain in her apartment. ELDI also identified a new East Liberty apartment for her to move to in the months ahead. While the outcome was satisfactory for Campbell, it did not come without a struggle.

The photographs in the story, provided by Maranie R. Staab, were taken in the spring of 2017, as Campbell made the move from Penn Plaza. A year later, Campbell didn’t want to be photographed again for this story. Below are a couple of photos of my own.

Photo of Vivian Campbell and Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Kent Tekulve

Vivian Campbell stands with Pittsburgh Pirates all-star, Kent Tekulve, at Three Rivers Stadium in 1980. Campbell carries this photo in her wallet. Photo: Downstream

Photo of Vivian Campbell standing in the doorway of her "new" East Liberty apartment.

Vivian Campbell was optimistic about her future the day she moved from Penn Plaza, March 31,2017, and took pleasure in small things, like a free welcome mat. Photo: Downstream