Oakland is the cultural and educational center of Pittsburgh. The University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, and Carlow University are all located in this large neighborhood that borders Squirrel Hill and Shadyside. many bars, restaurants, and shops line the bustling business districts along the main thoroughfares of Forbes and Fifth Avenues as well as the narrow side streets that connect them. Look up and you will notice one of Pittsburgh’s most recognizable landmarks--the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning, standing at 535 feet, is the second tallest university building in the world. Twenty-nine of the building’s 2,000 rooms each represent a different nation’s culture and heritage.
Located below the Cathedral of Learning is the Carnegie Institute, a large cultural complex that includes the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, the main branch of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Library system, and the Carnegie Music Hall. Directly across from the eastern end of the Carnegie Institute is the business district on South Craig Street, which contains shops and restaurants representative of Oakland residents’ many ethnicities. Venture further east on Forbes and you will the reach the campus of Carnegie Mellon University, one of America’s most prestigious universities for technology, robotics, and engineering.
Schenley Park, Pittsburgh’s second largest City park, provides an oasis from the hustle and bustle of urban life in District 8. The park contains more than 456 acres of lush green space, paved paths winding through an urban forest, an eighteen-hole golf course, a disc golf course, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and an ice skating rink.
Oakland enjoys a very diverse population. Students from the four prestigious universities located here hail from more than ninety countries and coexist with longtime Oakland residents throughout the densely populated neighborhood.