District two's Neighborhoods are located to the south and west of Downtown across the Monongahela and Ohio Rivers. The District is home to many historic and long-standing neighborhoodss as well as fast growing areas with many new business opportunities.
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, a tennis court, a dek hockey rink, 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, currently enrolling grades K-5. Banksville's residents are very family oriented, with much of the community activity focusing on youth programs and family fun.
The family housing in Banksville ranges from stately older homes to contemporary styles built within the last thirty years. Much of the neighborhood is 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 and is in close proximity to shopping and entertainment in Downtown.
Beechview is located southwest of Downtown, and has always been home to a diverse group of working class families. Council District 2 shares Beechview with District 4. DIstrict 2's area includes parts of Wenzell Avenue,Boustead, Coast and Broadway Avenue, including the Beechview Library. Beechview is surrounded by the Banksville neighborhood. The Broadway-Beechview Avenue ridge top forms the "spine" of the Beechview community. Nearly all of tis commercial establishments and churches are located along this coridor. The bus line and the "T" train service offer quick and easy access to Downtown and the South Hills.
The hilly topography is crossed by cobblestone streets lined with single family homes built in the years around the turn of the century. From cozy cottages to original homesteads, to the latest in architectural designs, Beechview offers home buyers a diversity of choices in both size and style.
Beechview residents of all ages have a variety of ways to fill their leisure time. Athletic programs, senior activities, and religious, civic and social organizations are available. Recreational facilities include two parks, four parklets, a public spray park, a senior citizens center and a public library. The seldom-seen Greenway, one of the last undeveloped parcels of land in the city, can be explored by nature lovers.
The Chartiers City neighborhood is located on the far west of Downtown, and is surrounded by Windgap and Sheraden. This neighborhood is just minutes away from the McKees Rocks business district and the Crafton Ingram Shopping Center and is within easy access to the Pittsburgh International Airport.
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; 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 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.
Mount Washington & Duquesne Heights
Duquesne Heights is located directly to the south of Downtown and is surrounded by the West End, the South Shore, and Mount Washington.
This neighborhood is a popular as a place to live and tourist attraction. Duquesne Heights has grown rapidly since Pittsburgh's first Renaissance began to turn the City skyline into a showcase of beauty. If you stand on one of the many Grandview Avenue observation decks, you have the City at your feet. On top of the hill, the neighborhood also boasts an active business district 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 and functioning today.
Offering a broad range of housing opportunities of any Pittsburgh neighborhood, Duquesne Heights' population is a diverse mix of single professionals, "empty nesters", and families who have lived in the neighborhood for generations.
East Carnegie is located southwest of Downtown and is adjoined by Oakwood. 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. The East Carnegie Parklet on Idlewood Avenue offers residents tennis, basketball courts, a playground and Pittsburgh's only Paintball Park. Transit service is available from East Carnegie to downtown Pittsburgh or the Airport via the Port Authority's West Busway.
Elliott is located west of Downtown. Elliott is surrounded by Westwood, Crafton Heights, and the West End.The community is located on high bluffs, and a grand view of the Ohio River is featured from the West End/ Elliott Overlook.
Elliott began as true coal-mining towns, which evolved into a neighborhood with a rich history. Residents often shop in any of the number of antique stores, or dine at the long-standing made-to-order restaurants and quaint taverns in the business district along Lorenz and Chartiers Avenue. 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. Many of the homes overlook the magnificent valley below, while others afford a breathtaking view of the Downtown skyline.
Esplen is located west of Downtown and gains its richness from the Ohio River which it borders. Esplen is surrounded by Sheraden, and Chartiers City.
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. Neighbors in Esplen are proud of their community, and work together to sponsor programs and events for its 600 residents at their community center. The large frame family houses abound in Esplen, sit proudly on the slopes above the river lend to the happiness and closeness of the community.
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, lots of blue sky and the hush that only woodlands can create. The neighborhood has grown since its turn-of-the-century days, but it still remains a family community and reminiscent of the Fairywood of yesterday. Fairywood residents work together on community projects such as the annual Unity Day Festivals, Town Meetings, teenage dances, and children's talent shows. The senior citizens, some who have lived in Fairywood for over sixty years, cooperate to organize programs and services for the area elderly.
Fairywood's neighbors include Sheraden, Chartiers City and Windgap. Fairywood is only ten minutes away from downtown Pittsburgh via public transportation. Crafton Shopping Center lays 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.
Oakwood & Ridgemont
Oakwood and Ridgemont are two small, autonomous urban communities. Even though the neighborhoods are close to Downtown, they retain a placid, suburban character. Oakwood is located west of Downtown, and is surrounded by East Carnegie and Westwood.
Neighbors in Oakwood are proud of Oakwood Park, which houses recreation facilities and a newly renovated playground. Residents enjoyRidgmont's rural greenspaces present a place to relax after a hard day's work.
Pleasant homes complimented by large yards and abundant greenery stand quiet along its shady streets in Oakwood. Undeveloped land and wooded areas are still abundant, giving some parts of the neighborhood an almost rural character.
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.
Community festivals and clean-ups are common here, and everyone gets involved. It is a family-oriented neighborhood, 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.
The South Shore is a neighborhood in Pittsburgh's South Side. The South Shore consists of the area surrounding Carson Street, from the West End Bridge to the Liberty Bridge.
The South Shore is an industrial neighborhood, home to several warehouses and businesses. The neighborhood is primarily made-up of the popular Station Square, a mixed-use historic preservation deveolpment of the former Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Rail Road and surrounding areas. Interestingly, The population of the South Shore was just 19 residents according to the 2010 Census.
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. Youth are important to Sheraden's residents. Pittsburgh Langley K-8 is attended by many of the neighborhood's children. 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.
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. The combined elements mean that you can find a spacious, functional, and affordable home with amenities like a large front porch and hardwood floors.
Service is available from Sheraden to downtown Pittsburgh or the Airport via the Port Authority Transit West Busway.
West End is located west of Downtown. It is surrounded by Westwood, Crafton Heights, and Sheraden.
West End 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 locally owned restaurants and taverns in the business district along Wabash and S. Main Street. West End Park, with its historic gazebo and flower-strewn lawns shares a hilltop with Herschel Park, where active residents play baseball, soccer, and 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.
West End 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 is often mistakenly identified as a part of adjacent Green Tree or Crafton Boroughs. Even though the neighborhood is close to Downtown, it retains a placid, suburban character. It is located west of Downtown, and is surrounded by Oakwood, Ridgemont, Crafton Heights, and Elliott.
Pleasant homes complimented by large yards and abundant greenery stand quiet along its shady streets. Westwood is a mix of stately older homes and newer homes built within the last decade.
Westwood residents are proud of their community, and believe in pitching in to help their neighbors. Westwood offers urban amenities like the recreational complex which includes a swimming pool, basketball courts, and a park. The active residents enjoy their recreation but value hard work to keep the community tight-knit.
Windgap is located on the far west of Downtown, and is surrounded by Fairywood, Chartiers City, and Sheraden. This neighborhood is conveniently located with easy access to the Pittsburgh International Airport and is just minutes away from the McKees Rocks business district and the Crafton Ingram Shopping Center. Most of the single family homes are one-story ranches and bungalows, surrounded by flat, well-kept lawns and large backyards.