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Stunning waterfront views. World-class culture and arts. Innovative restaurants. Walkability. Low crime rates. Historic and modern architecture. Affordability.  

With all of these features, it's no wonder that more and more long-time residents and newcomers are calling downtown their home.  

The downtown Pittsburgh skyline at the confluence of three rivers and amid steep green hillsides has been called one of the most beautiful in the world. It's also one of the few with a front door: emerging from the Fort Pitt Tunnel, the city spreads herself out before dazzled motorists. (Actress Emma Watson described shooting this quintessential Pittsburgh scene in The Perks of Being a Wallflower as “one of the best moments in my life.”) With a 150-foot fountain at the tip of Point State Park and a hub of business activity behind it, it's no wonder visitors and residents are drawn to the city to work, play and increasingly, to live.

Downtown residents span all ages - from college students at Point Park University, Duquesne University and the Art Institute to young professionals delighted by the surprising affordability of Pittsburgh's urban core to retirees and empty-nesters seeking convenience and access to the Cultural District.

Many of the spaces are in historic 19th century architectural style buildings. Others are brand new, part of an upswing in building in the city. 
The Cultural District is home to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Ballet and the Pittsburgh Opera, which draw worldwide acclaim from audiences and performers alike. The Michael Graves-designed O'Reilly Theater features a thrust stage, the Benedum Center is home to Broadway shows and the Byham Theater hosts concerts, children's theater, lectures and more. Just up the street is the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, which engages regional and national audiences in its programming.  

Even the restaurant scene is cutting new paths with a growing farm-to-table movement working directly with hundreds of nearby farmers, and a younger set of chefs challenging palettes with new creations.

Vital Stats:

  • Population: Daytime with workers 126,370; Residents: 7,000+
  • Crime: Second lowest crime rate among top 40 U.S. metro areas 
  • Amenities: Walkable entertainment district including six theaters and performing arts organizations, three major league sports venues, 81 outdoor concerts and festivals, farmers' markets; Macy's, other shopping 
  • Outdoors: Surrounded by the Allegheny, Monongahela and the head of the Ohio River, kayaking, Three Rivers Heritage Trail for hiking and cycling, 36-acre Point State Park 
  • Restaurants: 215 restaurants 
  • Transportation: Center of the region's transportation network, 102 bus and light-rail (“the T”) routes daily – free within Downtown; two inclines connecting Carson Street with Mt. Washington and Duquesne Heights; and Amtrak's Downtown station connects travelers daily to such metros as Philadelphia, New York, D.C. and Chicago. Greyhound and Megabus have Downtown hubs; Zipcar car sharing. 
  • Educational opportunities for college students and adult learners at eight Downtown institutions of higher education
  • Worship: Catholic, Presbyterian, Lutheran and Methodist churches School District: Pittsburgh Public Schools      

Meet the Neighbors

Sarah Olexsak
Manager of Transportation Electrification

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