Perry Hilltop is a diverse, close-knit community, located on the Northside of Pittsburgh. Perry Hilltop features spectacular views of Downtown Pittsburgh from its rows of architecturally interesting homes and buildings. With access to Interstate 279 and the Ohio River Boulevard (Route 65), residents are only minutes from downtown attractions and McKnight Road shopping.
Riverview Park is just minutes from the community. It features tennis courts, horse and bike trails, a ball field, picnic groves, a playground, a swimming pool and the famous Allegheny Observatory. The Riverview Park woodlands have more miles of hiking trails than the other three Pittsburgh regional parks.
A small business district serves the Perry Hilltop neighborhood, while housing options like The Perry Point townhouses provide striking views of the City and North Shore development. Assets like Triangle Tech technical school, Reformed Presbyterian Home, The Pittsburgh Project, Mom's House, and Pressley Ridge Work School attract people from across the region.
The Hill District, once known as the “Crossroads of the World” is a collection of neighborhoods that border Downtown Pittsburgh, Polish Hill, Uptown and Oakland. This diverse neighborhood includes the Lower, Middle, and Upper Hill District. This historic neighborhood is beginning to experience an economic renaissance from the blight and devastation that occurred as a result of the struggle for civil rights that occurred during the 1960’s. The Hill was a thriving community of African Americans in the City of Pittsburgh.
Thanks to the hard work of many of the Hill District residents the community is now experiencing a renaissance of development led by the Hill Community Development Corporation, and the Hill District Consensus Group, as well as many dedicated residents and community stakeholders. The work is evident with the revitalization of the Centre Avenue business corridor. The community is aided by its leadership from the Hill House Association and its many community assets like the Carnegie Library, the MLK Reading Center and the Centre Avenue YMCA.
In its former heyday it was the spot for a vibrant nightlife as home to the Savoy Ballroom, the Hurricane Lounge and the Crawford Grill. It was a mecca of the Jazz scene in Pittsburgh catering to African-American luminaries such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, August Wilson and Lena Horne. But now, the Hill is poised to return as a beacon of cultural enlightenment in Pittsburgh. The Hill District is currently moving towards once again being a sustainable, safe, and economically vibrant neighborhood within the City of Pittsburgh.
The North Side, located to the north of the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers, is a collection of 16 neighborhoods that are individually diverse in their own right. The following communities are entirely or partially included in District 6: Central North Side, Manchester, California-Kirkbride, Perry Hilltop, Fineview.
The North Side is an assortment of distinct residents and businesses that work in unison towards a prosperous community. The North Side Leadership Conference is a leader in the community as a coalition of North Side community based organizations addressing mutual concerns of the neighborhoods. Working together for the betterment of the Northside, the Northside Community Development Fund provides funding and technical support to help spur economic development for the Northside.
Council District 6’s portion of The North Side includes various Pittsburgh landmarks including the Carnegie Science Center and the historic homes of Manchester. The North Side also includes the historic districts of Manchester and the Mexican War Streets. If you are visiting Pittsburgh during the summer months, be sure to stop by Gus & Yai-Yai’s Iceball Stand in West Park. This family owned Northside landmark has been serving iceballs, peanuts and popcorn every summer since 1934. The NorthSide is truly a historic and iconic neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
The Uptown neighborhood is located between the two largest economic activity centers in the city: Oakland and Downtown Pittsburgh. Uptown is the 1.5 mile stretch that comprises an eclectic mix of old time residents, university students, artists, tech startups, non-profits and wholesale companies. It is this versatility which has ensured the stability and recent growth of the Uptown community as a prime location for investment and future development.
The transit corridor between Downtown and Oakland runs through Uptown along the Fifth and Forbes avenues, making it one of the highest performing Port Authority bus routes with a daily average of 50,000 commuters. With links to the Hill District, South Side and major city thoroughfares, Uptown is the conduit that connects many of Pittsburgh’s diverse neighborhoods.
Uptown is home to Duquesne University, UPMC Mercy Hospital, and the Consol Energy Center. These institutions are the community’s major anchors, and have been instrumental in spurring investors and developers to see the potential in investment in Uptown.
Downtown is the urban center of the City of Pittsburgh. Also known as the Golden Triangle and the Central Business District, it is located where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to become the Ohio River at Point State Park. As the Central Business District for Pittsburgh, Downtown is home to a number of major corporation headquarters. It is the second largest business district in Pennsylvania only behind that of Philadelphia. It is also the hub of the seat of government with city, county, state and federal offices located Downtown. Pittsburghers have been lured by the wealth of services offered by the area. Point State Park, at the tip of the Golden Triangle, offers a stunning panorama of the 3 rivers and its surrounding hillsides.
In recent years Downtown has witnessed a marked rise in its residential community. With the green movement afoot, people are glad to live close to where they work. Downtown adds a smorgasbord of amenities for almost everyone’s pleasure. Restaurants, night spots, and plenty of entertainment exist in the the bustling City hub.
The Cultural District, the area comprised of Penn and Liberty Avenues by the Allegheny River, includes numerous theaters, galleries and concert halls such as Heinz Hall, Byham Theater, O’Reilly Theater, Benedum Center and Wood Street Galleries. Dining options are numerous and diverse, as evidenced by Market Square, long the home of some of the regions favorite traditional establishments now being joined by new dining ventures.
Oakland is a metropolis of universities, business, and culture in one residential neighborhood. It is the third largest business district in Pennsylvania, only behind the downtown districts of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
There is a robust medical community with hospitals, laboratories, medical facilities and doctors’ offices all in one centralized location. The educational and medical arenas of Oakland share this neighborhood with great culture amenities boasting of world class museums, theaters, and botanical gardens.
It is home to the great gift from Andrew Carnegie - the Carnegie complex of buildings which include the main branch of the Carnegie library, the museums of Art and Natural History, and the music hall. It also boasts the home of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood filmed at WQED, and is rich with architecturally astounding churches and religious spaces.
Tucked away from the hustle in Oakland are residential neighborhoods. These are sectioned off into North, West, Central, and South Oakland which all exist uniquely, but together call Oakland home. Take a stroll throughout the community and marvel at the architecture of the long standing buildings that populate the neighborhood. Or you can plan an outing to Schenley Park and enjoy a fun filled day with nature. For more information on Oakland and what it has to offer visit Oakland Planning and Development Corporation.
Office of Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle
414 Grant Street, 5th Floor | City County Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2134 | facsimile 412-255-0737