Oakland (Pittsburgh): Wikis


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The University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning dominates Oakland's skyline

Oakland is the academic, cultural, and healthcare center of Pittsburgh and is Pennsylvania's third largest "Downtown". [1] Only Center City Philadelphia and Downtown Pittsburgh can claim more economic and social activity than Oakland. The neighborhood is urban and diverse and is home to several universities, museums, and hospitals, as well as an abundance of shopping, restaurants, and students. Oakland is home to the Schenley Farms National Historic District[2] which encompasses two city designated historic districts: the mostly residential Schenley Farms Historic District [3] and the predominantly institutional Oakland Civic Center Historic District.[4] The Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire houses 14 Truck on McKee Place and 10 Engine on Allequippa Street in Oakland.



Oakland is officially divided into four neighborhoods: North Oakland, West Oakland, Central Oakland, and South Oakland. Each section has a unique identity, and offers its own flavor of venues and housing.

North Oakland
Looking east over the University of Pittsburgh and Schenley Farms Historic District
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Neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Population (1990): 10836[1]
Population (2000): 9857[1]
Area: 0.499 mi² [1]
South Oakland
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Neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Population (1990): 3368[1]
Population (2000): 3007[1]
Area: 0.508 mi² [1]
  • South Oakland runs along the Monongahela River and forms a triangular shape between the Monongahela River, the Boulevard of the Allies, and Parkview Avenue. The area between Forbes Avenue and Boulevard of the Allies, often considered part of South Oakland, is officially part of Central Oakland, though it is rarely referred to as such by residents. South Oakland is considered by some to be an example of a student ghetto.

South Oakland was the childhood home of Andy Warhol, and later the residence of fellow pop artist Keith Haring. Haring had his first art show while living in Oakland. NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Marino was also born in Oakland, not far from Warhol's home. Warhol and Marino actually grew up on the same block and their former houses are merely a few doors down from each other.

Central Oakland
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Neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Population (1990): 5406[1]
Population (2000): 5281[1]
Area: 0.281 mi² [1]
  • Central Oakland is bordered by Schenley Park, the Boulevard of the Allies, Fifth Avenue, and Halket Street. This is where the majority of non-dormitory students reside. It is home to many of their favorite eateries, fraternity houses and club houses. It is also the location of the relatively isolated neighborhood of Panther Hollow which runs along Boundary Street. Although it is formally designated as a separate section, Central Oakland is commonly grouped together with South Oakland, and the "central" name is rarely used by residents.
West Oakland
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has numerous hospitals adding to Oakland's skyline
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Neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Population (1990): 1938[1]
Population (2000): 2272[1]
Area: 0.215 mi² [1]

Oakland facts

  • WQED, Pittsburgh's PBS station and the first community-sponsored television station in the United States, has been located in Oakland since 1954, although it moved from its original building to a new, larger one in 1970. WQED's first building, which had originally been the manse of a neighboring church, is now the Music Building of the University of Pittsburgh's main campus. Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, the nationally syndicated children's show, was taped at WQED's studios in Oakland.

Oakland attractions


Notes and references

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Census: Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Department of City Planning. January 2006. http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/cp/assets/census/2000_census_pgh_jan06.pdf. Retrieved 2007-07-19.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f Although adjacent to Oakland, these attractions are technically just within the official border of Squirrel Hill North although they are almost always popularly considered to be located in Oakland.
  • Toker, Franklin (1986, 1994). Pittsburgh: An Urban Portrait. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. ISBN 0-8229-5434-6.  

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