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Get to Know the Burgh

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Get to Know the Burgh

Published Oct 20, 2016
Updated Feb 24, 2017

The thriving city of Pittsburgh has come a long way from its days of being known for steel mills, and today has made a new mark as a hub for healthcare innovation, robotics and high-tech corporations like Google, Apple, Uber and Intel. Since 90% of the steel factories closed their doors in the 1980’s, the City has developed a whole new economic plan that involves channeling money into the arts and other cultural initiatives, as well as efforts to make the city green. Today, the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers sparkle in the sun and the ‘Burgh is officially the fifth greenest city in America and has been named one of the best places in the world to visit! Here is a brief rundown of five essential areas in Pittsburgh that should make an appearance on any trip itinerary!

Station Square
This 52-acre shopping and entertainment complex features indoor and outdoor venues and is
located in the South Shore neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The scenic locale is situated directly
across the Monongahela River from the Golden Triangle of downtown Pittsburgh and is a great
place to shop and dine whether you’re in town for business or pleasure. Station Square
occupies the buildings and land that was formerly occupied by the historic Pittsburgh and Lake
Erie Railroad complex, including the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Station, which is listed on
the National Register of Historic Places. Where to Stay: Sheraton Station Square. Where to
Hard Rock Café. Where to Shop: The Shops at Station Square.

Downtown Pittsburgh
Officially known as the Central Business District and locally referred to as the Golden Triangle,
the urban downtown center of Pittsburgh is the beating heart of the Steel City. Home to a
wealth of historic, cultural and entertainment sites, downtown Pittsburgh is brimming with
fast-growing residential areas and iconic areas like historic Market Square and Point State Park.
The “triangle” of Downtown is located at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela
Rivers, where their joining forms the mighty Ohio. Pittsburgh is still home to offices for major
corporations like PNC Bank, U.S. Steel, PPG, Bank of New York Mellon and Heinz. It is also
where industrial barons like Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, Henry J. Heinz, Andrew Mellon
and George Westinghouse made their fortunes. Where to Dine: Las Velas at Market Square.
Where to Stay: Omni William Penn. Where to Shop: Buon Sapore.

North Shore
Pittsburgh’s North Shore and North Side neighborhood is a center for cultural and
entertainment venues in the city, including a number of museums and top sports venues like
the Andy Warhol Museum, Heinz Field and PNC Park. Situated along the shores of the
Allegheny and Ohio Rivers, the North Shore had fabulous views of downtown Pittsburgh and
North Shore Riverfront Park, which includes more than 11 acres of public and green space,
walkways, memorials and public art. What to Do: Carnegie Science Center. Where to Dine:
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse. Where to Play: Rivers Casino. Where to Stay: Springhill Suites
Pittsburgh North Shore

Strip District
Over the past 20 years, the Strip District has become an international destination where a
number of Asian, Middle Eastern, African, Mexican, Caribbean, Central American, South
American, Italian, Greek and other European immigrants have opened businesses selling
products that come from around the globe and also good made in the greater Pittsburgh area.
Also known as simply “The Strip,” this dynamic neighborhood is foodie heaven and a favorite
spot for locals to hang out. Although just one-half square mile in size, the shopping area is full
of ethnic grocers, produce stands, sidewalk vendors, meat and fish markets. Where to Dine:
Cioppino. Where to Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown.

South Side 
Located along the Monongahela River across from Downtown Pittsburgh, the city’s South Side neighborhood is actually divided into two smaller area, known as the South Side Flats and the South Side Slopes. Today, this area is an eclectic cultural mix of young people and older longtime residents. The neighborhood features 15 blocks of stunning Victorian architecture along East Carson Street, which is also known as the “Great American Main Street” and is a National Historic District. Where to Stay: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Pittsburgh Southside. Where to Dine: Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh. Where to Play: Pittsburgh Tour Company Double Decker Tours.

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