Oakland: Pittsburgh's Cultural Hub

Find World-Class Museums, Universities, and Entertainment in Oakland

The Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning in Oakland

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The Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh is a thriving commercial and residential area. In fact, Oakland is Pennsylvania's third largest commercial hub. Only Center City, Philadelphia, and Downtown Pittsburgh can claim more commerce and activity than Oakland.

Art museums, history centers, prestigious universities, grand architecture, quaint coffee shops, international cuisine, arcades, art cinemas, live entertainment, and two main thoroughfares all describe the hustle and bustle that is Oakland. In short, Oakland is the cultural, medical, educational, spiritual, and technological center of Pittsburgh, boasting many world-renowned institutions and attractions. Moreover, it is the entrance to the charm and natural beauties of expansive Schenley Park.

Oakland Residents

Many Oakland residents are students at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, or Carlow College, creating a diverse residential body that is comprised of individuals from at least 90 nations.

Things to Do

Long considered the cultural center of Pittsburgh, Oakland also houses the Carnegie Library Main Branch, the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, Carnegie Music Hall, and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall.

If it's shopping and dining you're after, be sure to cruise the Craig Street business district. Once the sun goes down, grab your favorite beverage in one of Oakland's many nightclubs, or catch The Rocky Horror Picture Show or another classic movie at the Beehive at King's Court Theater.

Memories of Roberto Clemente and Honus Wagner remain strong in Oakland, where the outfield wall of Forbes Field still stands. The landscape is dotted with the architectural genius of Henry Hornbostel -- Rodef Shalom synagogue and all visitors must be sure to visit Phipps Conservatory.

Getting Around and Logistics

Oakland is surrounded by the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Greenfield, Bloomfield, Hill District, and Bluff.

Fifth and Forbes avenues, Pittsburgh's two main east-west traffic arteries, pass through Oakland, with bus stops on nearly every corner. Most Oaklanders get around by bus or by foot, lending a true "city" closeness and atmosphere.

Oakland is represented by three City Council Districts: District 3 (Central Oakland), District 6 (parts of West & South Oakland), and District 8 (North Oakland & parts of West Oakland).

--Neighborhood description courtesy of the City of Pittsburgh. All rights reserved.

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