Head a few blocks east out of downtown, then make a sharp climb upward, and you’ll find yourself in Polish Hill, a nearly vertical quarter-mile expanse in a prime location between the Strip District and the Hill District. It’s a neighborhood in transition: Newcomers armed with outside-the-box renovation ideas and shoestring budgets settle in next to the great-grandchildren of Polish Hill’s earliest settlers. A cluster of artists adds to the mix in this affordable haven of creativity and community.
Nestled in a valley along the Ohio River, the West End Village is on the cusp of a comeback. Just two miles from downtown, the community once considered a gateway to the city of Pittsburgh is striving to reclaim its place through the restoration of a vibrant main street that serves the 297 residents who live here. Originally the Borough of Temperanceville, the community officially became the West End when it was annexed to the city of Pittsburgh in 1872. A bit of rebranding a few years ago lead to its new “village” moniker.
When it comes to charm, Sewickley has it, from its bustling “village” of a business district to a range of great amenities, all within walking distance. Situated 11 miles northeast of downtown, on the Ohio River, this quaint borough of tree-lined streets with sidewalks is bordered by the neighboring boroughs of Edgeworth, Glen Osborne and, on the hill over-looking town, Sewickley Heights.
Garfield is bouncing back with an experiment in incubating creative culture and a cluster of condos, galleries and retail along Penn Avenue.
On the eastern edge of Pittsburgh sits Regent Square, a charming tree-lined community nestled between the busy thoroughfares of the Parkway East to the south and Forbes Avenue to the east. Geographically, the community sits on a rectangular plateau, wonderfully buffered from the city by the steep valleys of Fern Hollow Creek to the west and Nine Mile Run to the south, giving it a small town within a city feeling. The abundance of Frick Park, along its western edge, adds to its abundance.
No place has more going for it in any given weekend than the North Side. For the sports fans among us, it's home to the now winning Pittsburgh's Pirates and day-long tailgates before the Steelers' games at Heinz Field. For art and theater lovers and seekers of knowledge, museums and theaters abound, including the world-class Andy Warhol Museum, Mattress Factory, New Hazlett and Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.
What began as a rail hub for produce and fish has become the city’s most treasured destination for fresh food and accouterments, all on a few gritty streets lined with specialty shops, street vendors, pubs and restaurants. Nestled in the shadow of downtown Pittsburgh, this is the place shoppers go to jostle with fellow shoppers and diners go to get and eat seriously good food. More recently the Strip has become the cool place up-and-coming companies like 4Moms and Deeplocal.