Oakland: A World in a Neighborhood

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Oakland is Pittsburgh’s most ethnically diverse and lively neighborhood. Prestigious universities and museums, world-class hospitals, grand architecture, quaint coffee shops, international cuisine and specialty shops create the unique scene of Oakland. If you are planning a picnic in the park, an evening of gripping drama or searching for that Picasso masterpiece, Oakland has it all!

1An anchor district known for its abundance of Universities, Oakland’s largest commercial district is located in the midst of one of the largest student body populations in the Pittsburgh area. With 44,115 students attending the renowned University of Pittsburgh, Carlow University, and Carnegie Mellon University it’s safe to say Oakland is a buzzing college town.

These three Universities along with Oakland’s six main Hospitals—UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Montefiore, Falk Clinic, VA Pittsburgh: The University Drive , Magee-Women’s Hospital and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic—provide the neighborhood of Oakland with a significant employee base consisting of a total of 13,882 university employees and 10,898 hospital employees, respectively.

In addition to Oakland’s “Eds and Meds” destinations, the central Oakland commercial district is located in the midst of several visitor destinations, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Total admissions at all of the nearby local attractions is estimated at about 1.8 million annually. The corridor is also located close to the now decade-young Schenley Plaza, the site of several music festivals, family programs, the PNC carousel, and two Farmer’s Markets.

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Oakland also has quite an impressive history. In 1955, Dr. Jonas Salk developed the polio vaccine. In 1963, Dr. Thomas Starzl
performed the first liver transplant. Oakland is where, Andy Warhol spent his childhood days, a man known as “Mr. Rogers” instilled lessons of self-confidence and compassion into generations of young television viewers and where the music of America’s great composer Stephen Foster is preserved. A community filled with history, initiative, education, and art, Oakland is one of Pittsburgh’s most efficacious and unique neighborhoods.