From bustling restaurants to the hub of Pittsburgh’s cultural scene, Downtown is far from the sleepy center of the 1990’s. Instead find a vibrant square mile neighborhood bounded by riverfront parks and dotted with historic and modern skyscrapers alike. But be warned, old habits die hard. Be prepared for the question that you will get when anyone finds out you live Downtown ( that the 5,000+ residents get daily).
Non-Downtowners: But where do you grocery shop?
Downtowners: Well where do you grocery shop? Cause I have Market Street Grocery around the corner or the Strip District markets and North Side Giant Eagle within a ten minute walk. But I could also jump in my car and drive to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s in ten minutes like you do.’
- Amazing Restaurants (and a grocery store): Top stops like Pork & Beans, Sienna Mercato or Nicky’s Thai are a hop & a skip away.
- Perfectly central: Walk or bike-share to the Strip District, Lawrenceville, South Side or North Side.
- Car Free Living: Target & Whole Foods run? The Busway can get you there traffic free in under 10 minutes. IKEA needs? Grab a ZipCar at the corner (they are everywhere) and get moving. Brunch date in the Strip? Grab a Healthyride Bike Share and zip down the Penn Ave protected bike lane.
- Cultural Center: Touring Broadway shows, ambitious exhibitions, the Symphony and others all call Downtown home.
- Green & Public Space: Though you wouldn’t think it, Downtown is filled with public space like the riverfront trails, Mellon Square Point State Park and Market Square.
- TONS of new development. More apartments, office and retail are heading to town with rumors of City Target, movie theater and more.
- Amazing Restaurants: Their amazingness draws in diners from across the city making tables a commodity. Our tip: befriend the bartenders; they can hook it up for libations while you wait for that ‘regulars only’ table.
- Parking: There is not way around it. If you need a car, you are going to have to spring for a monthly lease which starts at $160.
- General Congestion: Rush hour, Pirate’s games, Light Up Night, Gallery Crawl. There is a ton happening Downtown all the time, so if you’re looking for a quiet neighborhood, this isn’t it.
See more on Downtown on our sister publication, Urbanist Guide.