On a sunny day in Pittsburgh, we set out to walk the neighborhood of Brighton Heights. Yes, it was three months ago. Yes, we’ve been on hiatus. Onward! Continue reading
Just a quick note to point out that we’ve added two Beechview links to the blogroll on the right. Pretty Up Beechview! is a trash blog–created to get people involved in helping to clean up the neighborhood. The Beechview Blog is maintained by the office of Representative Chelsa Wagner, and it’s designed to keep people informed about happenings in the neighborhood.
Brighton Heights is in Pittsburgh’s North Side. The neighborhood of Perry North sits to the East and Marshall-Shadeland to the South. Bellevue Borough and Ross Township are on the North and Stowe Township and McKees Rocks Borough are to the West. The McKees Rocks Bridge serves as one entryway into the neighborhood at Ohio River Blvd. Brighton Heights has an active neighborhood association, a lot of family-friendly neighborhood activity, and is sometimes referred to as an “urban suburb.”
We began our tour of Bon Air having recently walked its geographic and alphabetical neighbor, Beltzhoover. This tour was a study in contrasts. The neighborhood of Bon Air is a pocket of land in the south end, with few entrances or exits by road, and consequently, there is a very apparent distinction at the threshhold of the neighborhood, rather than the usual gradual change that we’ve seen at the borders of other neighborhoods.
Bon Air is a small neighborhood of just under 900 people in Pittsburgh’s South End. It borders Beltzhoover on the North, Knoxville on the East, Carrick on the East and South, and Brookline on the West.
Between McKinley Park and the other green space that outlines the neighborhood, Bon Air is a little bit insulated, which contributes to the feel of “Country living in the City.” The neighborhood is just about entirely residential.
We began walking Bluff (a.k.a. Uptown) at the Birmingham Bridge, which overlooks the tight, narrow neighborhood that stretches from Oakland to Downtown.
The Bluff neighborhood (more often called Uptown or sometimes Soho) of the City of Pittsburgh sits along the North Bank of the Monongahela River to Fifth Avenue and runs between the Birmingham Bridge and the Liberty Bridge. It borders Downtown on the West, Crawford-Roberts and West Oakland on the North, and South Oakland on the East. The South Side Flats are just across the River on the South.