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:
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.
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
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