City of Pittsburgh Council District 2
District 2 Neighborhood Maps

Banksville

Banksville is located southwest of Downtown, in the 20th ward,  and is surrounded by Beechview and Ridgemont.  It is quickly accessible to the new Pittsburgh International Airport.

Banksville was established on land settled by David and Agnes Carnahan of Ireland.  Their son, Alexander, named the 400 acres for his wife whose maiden name was Banks.  Alexander Carnahan laid out Banksville just after the Civil War. The town was a farming community as well as a properous mining town whose settlers were mostly Scotch-Irish.

Today, Banksville residents take full advantage of Banksville Park which opened in 1977 and today has developed into a beautiful facility that has a swimming pool, a playground rehabilitated in the year 2000, tennis courts, ballfields and a community center.  Banksville Elementary School has also been a main stay in this well rounded community, built in 1937 this school at one time was for grades K-8 and a gifted center.  However, recently it was decided that this community school enroll grades K-5.

The housing in Banksville ranges from stately older homes to contemporary styles built within the last thirty years. Much of the neighborhood is surprisingly suburban in nature, with homes attractively set off by sweeping, manicured lawns and flower beds.  This neighborhood is also home to two of the city's largest garden apartment complexes, Hyland Hills and Crane Village. In addition to its proximity to shopping and entertainment in Downtown, the neighborhood is the home to Parkway Center Mall.

Banksville's residents are very family oriented, with much of the community activity focusing on youth programs and family fun.

Chartiers City

The Chartiers City and Windgap neighborhoods are located on the far west of Downtown, and are surrounded by Fairywood and Sheraden. These neighborhoods are conveniently located with easy access to the Pittsburgh International Airport and are just minutes away from the McKees Rocks business district and the Crafton Ingram Shopping Center.

In addition to playgrounds and picnic shelters, Chartiers Park is home to some of the best softball and baseball fields in the City of Pittsburgh.

Chartiers Township was named for Pierre Chartiers, a trapper of French and Indian Parentage, who spied for France while living in Philadelphia.   Chartiers left that city, moving west to establish a trading post at the mouth of the Chartiers Creek, which he discovered in 1743.

By 1808, Congress had declared Chartiers Creek a navigable and public highway forever; such was the importance of its location to the nation.  These neighborhoods have a distinct post-war suburban character.  Most of the single family homes are one-story ranches and bungalows, surrounded by flat, well-kept lawns and large backyards.

Crafton Heights

Crafton Heights derived its name from Crafton Borough, its suburban neighbor to the west.  Crafton Heights is located west of Downtown, and is surrounded by Sheraden , Elliott, and Westwood.Neighbors in Crafton Heights enjoy shopping at nearby Crafton Ingram Shopping Center.  Recreation is an important part of the community with baseball fields, playgrounds and tennis and basketball courts throughout the neighborhood.

While many of Crafton Heights' old homes still stand, additional new townhomes and single family homes are being built to satisfy new residents.

Duquesne Heights

Duquesne Heights and Mt. Washington are located directly to the south of Downtown and are surrounded by West End, Beechview, Beltzhoover, and Allentown.

This neighborhood's  popularity as a place to live and tourist attraction has grown rapidly since Pittsburgh's first Renaissance began to turn the City into a showcase. If you stand on one of the many Grandview Avenue observation decks, you literally have the city at your feet.

The neighborhoods also boast active business districts, and a wide range of parks, green spaces, and recreational activities.

Prior to 1851, Mt. Washington and Duquesne Heights were known as "Coal Hill" in recognition of the prosperous mines located there. Initially, German immigrants settled in the areas.  Their technical and engineering skills led to the construction of four inclines from 1867 to 1877, solving the long-standing problem of transportation; two of the inclines remain standing today.

Offering perhaps the broadest range of housing opportunities of any Pittsburgh neighborhoods, Mt. Washington and Duquesne Heights' population are a mix of single professionals, "empty nesters", and families who have lived in the neighborhoods for generations.

East Carnegie

East Carnegie is located southwest of Downtown and is adjoined by Oakwood.

The East Carnegie Parklet on Idlewood Avenue offers residents tennis, basketball courts and a recently rebuilt playground.  Neighbors also take advantage of shopping opportunities at the nearby Parkway Center Mall.

The neighborhood is characterized by closely set frame houses on two and three-block long streets.  Many families in East Carnegie have lived in the neighborhood for generations, resulting in a close-knit, friendly community.

Service is available from East Carnegie to downtown Pittsburgh or the Airport via the Port Authority Transit's West Busway.

Elliott

West End and Elliott are located west of Downtown.  The communities are located on high bluffs, and a grand view of the Ohio River is featured from the West End-Elliott Overlook.  They are surrounded by Westwood, Crafton Heights, and Sheraden.

West End and Elliott began as true coal-mining towns, which evolved into neighborhoods with a rich history.  Residents often shop in any of the number of antique stores, or dine at the made-to-order restaurants and quaint taverns in the business district along Lorenz and Chartiers Avenue.  West End Park, with its historic gazebo and flower-strewn lawns shares a hilltop with Herschel Park, where active residents play baseball, soccer, or basketball.  Each year, thousands of visitors come to the West End-Elliott Overlook to marvel at Pittsburgh's Fourth of July Fireworks or Pittsburgh's Light Up Night in November.

From almost any point in lofty West End or Elliott, the scenery is spectacular.  Some of the homes overlook the magnificent valley below, while others afford a breathtaking view of the Downtown skyline.

West End/Elliott is full of young families, who take full responsibility for, and advantage of their local facilities.  This is a friendly, welcoming neighborhood where civic involvement to renovate homes, businesses and storefronts is top priority.

Esplen

Esplen is located west of Downtown and gains its richness from the Ohio River which it borders.  Esplen is surrounded by Sheraden, Chartiers City, and Windgap.

This area was formed when a blasting crew working on railroad construction caused a landslide, and has been a part of Pittsburgh's legacy ever since.  Esplen's all-purpose community center provides recreational facilities and events for its 600 residents.

Large frame houses abound in Esplen, sitting proudly on the slopes above the river.  Neighbors in Esplen are proud of their community, and work together to sponsor programs at their community center.

Fairywood

Located on the edge of the city, west of Downtown, Fairywood is a community of contrasts.  It contains sedate old homes tucked among trees on hillsides, trees and open space - room to grow, lots of blue sky and the hush that only woodlands can create.  It is adjoined solely by Windgap.

The community of Fairywood lies among the hills seven miles southwest of Downtown Pittsburgh on the City's western edge.  Fairywood's neighbors include the City neighborhoods of Sheraden, Chartiers City and Windgap along with the suburban communities of Ingram and Crafton. Fairywood is only ten minutes away from downtown Pittsburgh via public transportation.  Crafton Shopping Center lies a mile and a half down the road, and McKees Rocks Plaza is three miles away.  Allegheny Center Mall is just five minutes by car across West End Bridge.

Fairywood residents try to alway  work together on community projects.  The senior citizens, some who have lived in Fairywood for over sixty years, attempt to organize programs and services for the area elderly.  Fairywood residents hold annual Unity Day Festivals, Town Meetings, teenage dances, and children's talent shows.

Fairywood has grown since its turn-of-the-century days, but it still remains a family community and reminiscent of the Fairywood of yesterday.

Mount Washington

Mt. Washington and Duquesne Heights are located directly to the south of Downtown and are surrounded by West End, Beechview, Beltzhoover and Allentown.

This neighborhood's popularity as a place to live and tourist attraction has grown rapidly since Pittsburgh's first Renaissance began to turn the City into a showcase.  If you stand on one of the many Grandview Avenue observation decks, you literally have the city at your feet.

The neighborhoods also boast active business districts, and a wide range of parks, green spaces, and recreational activities.

Prior to 1851, Mt. Washington and Duquesne Heights were known as "Coal Hill" in recognition of the prosperous mines located there. Initially, German immigrants settled in the areas.  Their technical and engineering skills led to the construction of four inclines from 1867 to 1877, solving the long-standing problem of transportation; two of the inclines remain standing today.

Offering perhaps the broadest range of housing opportunities of any Pittsburgh neighborhoods, Mt. Washington and Duquesne Heights' population are a mix of single professionals, "empty nesters", and families who have lived in the neighborhoods for generations.

Oakwood

Oakwood, Westwood, and Ridgemont are small, autonomous urban communities often mistakenly identified as a part of adjacent Greentree or Crafton Boroughs.  Even though the neighborhood is close to Downtown, it retains a placid, suburban character.  They are located west of Downtown, and are surrounded by East Carnegie, Crafton Heights, West End, Elliott, Duquense Heights, Banksville, and Beechview.

Neighbors in Oakwood are proud of Oakwood Park, which houses recreation facilities and a newly renovated playground.  Although it has a suburban flavor, Westwood offers urban amenities like the recreational complex which includes a swimming pool and tennis courts.  Ridgmont's rural greenspaces present a place to relax after a hard days work.

Pleasant homes complimented by large yards and abundant greenery stand quiet along its shady streets in Oakwood.  Ridgemont offers a variety of housing types, from suburban-style ranches and split-levels, to grand old brick homes with large front porches and stained-glass windows.  Westwood is a mix of stately older homes and newer homes built within the last decade.  Undeveloped land and wooded areas are still abundant, giving some parts of the neighborhood an almost rural character. 

Oakwood, Westwood and Ridgemont residents are proud of their community, and believe in pitching in to help their neighbors.  Community festivals and clean-ups are common here, and everyone gets involved.  They are family-oriented neighborhoods, where kids play soccer in the street and neighbors hold old-fashioned block parties.  The residents enjoy their quiet oasis, just minutes from busy Downtown Pittsburgh.

Ridgemont

Ridgemont, Oakwood, and Westwood are small, autonomous urban communities often mistakenly identified as a part of adjacent Greentree or Crafton Boroughs.  Even though the neighborhood is close to Downtown, it retains a placid, suburban character.  They are located west of Downtown, and are surrounded by East Carnegie, Crafton Heights, West End, Elliott, Duquense Heights, Banksville, and Beechview.

Neighbors in Oakwood are proud of Oakwood Park, which houses recreation facilities and a newly renovated playground.  Although it has a suburban flavor, Westwood offers urban amenities like the recreational complex which includes a swimming pool and tennis courts.  Ridgmont's rural greenspaces present a place to relax after a hard days work.

Pleasant homes complimented by large yards and abundant greenery stand quiet along its shady streets in Oakwood.  Ridgemont offers a variety of housing types, from suburban-style ranches and split-levels, to grand old brick homes with large front porches and stained-glass windows.  Westwood is a mix of stately older homes and newer homes built within the last decade.  Undeveloped land and wooded areas are still abundant, giving some parts of the neighborhood an almost rural character. 

Oakwood, Westwood and Ridgemont residents are proud of their community, and believe in pitching in to help their neighbors.  Community festivals and clean-ups are common here - and everyone gets involved.  They are family-oriented neighborhoods, where kids play soccer in the street and neighbors hold old-fashioned block parties.  The residents enjoy their quiet oasis, just minutes from busy Downtown Pittsburgh.

Sheraden

Sheraden is the largest neighborhood in Pittsburgh's western region.  It is surrounded by Windgap, Chartiers City, Crafton Heights, and Elliott.

Sheraden Park is the focus for most of this neighborhood's recreational activities. Set in a wooded valley, the Park houses a swimming pool, tennis courts, ballfields, basketball courts and plenty of picnic and playground areas.  Residents are also proud of the library/community center and the renovated senior center that also serve the neighborhood.  Many houses in Sheraden are known locally as "Pittsburgh Boxes," a cross between the wide, Prairie-style homes of the midwest and the urban Victorians found in the east. Translated into layman's terms, it means that you can find a spacious, functional affordable home with amenities like a large front porch and hardwood floors.

Youth are important to Sheraden's  residents. Langley High School is attended by many of the neighborhood's teens.  On a summer evening, the bleachers are full at the local Little League games, while younger neighbors populate the community's many playgrounds and tot lots.

Service is available from Sheraden to downtown Pittsburgh or the Airport via the Port Authority Transit West Busway.

West End

West End and Elliott are located west of Downtown.  The communities are located on high bluffs, and a grand view of the Ohio River is featured from the West End-Elliott Overlook.  They are surrounded by Westwood, Crafton Heights, and Sheraden.

West End and Elliott began as true coal-mining towns, which evolved into neighborhoods with a rich history.  Residents often shop in any of the number of antique stores, or dine at the made-to-order restaurants and quaint taverns in the business district along Lorenz and Chartiers Avenue.  West End Park, with its historic gazebo and flower-strewn lawns share a hilltop with Herschel Park, where active residents play baseball, soccer, or basketball.  Each year, thousands of visitors come to the West End-Elliott Overlook to marvel at Pittsburgh's Fourth of July Fireworks or Pittsburgh's Light Up Night in November.

From almost any point in lofty West End or Elliott, the scenery is spectacular.  Some of the homes overlook the magnificent valley below, while others afford a breathtaking view of the Downtown skyline.

West End/Elliott is full of young families, who take full responsibility for, and advantage of their local facilities.  This is a friendly, welcoming neighborhood where civic involvement to renovate homes, businesses and storefronts is top priority.

Westwood

Westwood, Ridgemont , and Oakwood small, autonomous urban communities often mistakenly identified as a part of adjacent Greentree or Crafton Boroughs.  Even though the neighborhood is close to Downtown, it retains a placid, suburban character.  They are located west of Downtown, and are surrounded by East Carnegie, Crafton Heights, West End, Elliott, Duquense Heights, Banksville, and Beechview.

Neighbors in Oakwood are proud of Oakwood Park, which houses recreation facilities and a newly renovated playground.  Although it has a suburban flavor, Westwood offers urban amenities like the recreational complex which includes a swimming pool and tennis courts.  Ridgmont's rural greenspaces present a place to relax after a hard days work.

Pleasant homes complimented by large yards and abundant greenery stand quiet along its shady streets in Oakwood.  Ridgemont offers a variety of housing types, from suburban-style ranches and split-levels, to grand old brick homes with large front porches and stained-glass windows.  Westwood is a mix of stately older homes and newer homes built within the last decade.  Undeveloped land and wooded areas are still abundant, giving some parts of the neighborhood an almost rural character. 

Oakwood , Westwood and Ridgemont residents are proud of their community, and believe in pitching in to help their neighbors.  Community festivals and clean-ups are common here - and everyone gets involved.  They are family-oriented neighborhoods, where kids play soccer in the street and neighbors hold old-fashioned block parties.  The residents enjoy their quiet oasis, just minutes from busy Downtown Pittsburgh.

Windgap

The Chartiers City and Windgap neighborhoods are located on the far west of Downtown, and are surrounded by Fairywood and Sheraden.  These neighborhoods are conveniently located with easy access to the Pittsburgh International Airport and are just minutes away from the McKees Rocks business district and the Crafton Ingram Shopping Center.

In addition to playgrounds and picnic shelters, Chartiers Park is home to some of the best softball and baseball fields in the City of Pittsburgh.

Chartiers Township was named for Pierre Chartiers, a trapper of French and Indian Parentage, who spied for France while living in Philadelphia.  Chartiers left that city moving west to establish a trading post at the mouth of the Chartiers Creek, which he discovered in 1743. By 1808, Congress had declared Chartiers Creek a navigable and public highway forever; such was the importance of its location to the nation.

These neighborhoods have a distinct post-war suburban character. Most of the single family homes are one-story ranches and bungalows, surrounded by flat, well-kept lawns and large backyards.

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