Shadyside (Pittsburgh)

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Shadyside
Neighborhood of Pittsburgh
Street in Shadyside, 2001
Street in Shadyside, 2001
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Coordinates: 40°27′00″N 79°56′06″W / 40.450°N 79.935°W / 40.450; -79.935
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Allegheny County
City Pittsburgh
Area[1]
 • Total 0.921 sq mi (2.39 km2)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 13,915
 • Density 15,000/sq mi (5,800/km2)

Shadyside is a neighborhood in the East End of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. It has three zip codes (15206, 15213, and 15232) and representation on Pittsburgh City Council by the council member for District 8 (East Central Neighborhoods). Shadyside is drawn from the name of a 19th-century Pennsylvania Railroad station in the area, which was named for its shady lanes.

Another neighborhood institution is Shadyside Hospital, a member of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Chatham University is located just across the southern edge of the neighborhood in Squirrel Hill, along with Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, which is also a part of Mellon Park. (A portion of Mellon Park is located in Shadyside as well as the Point Breeze neighborhood.)

In April 2014, Niche rated Shadyside the best neighborhood in Pittsburgh for millennials (Pittsburgh ranked 15th among cities nationally in the same study).[2]

Business districts

Shadyside is home to many upscale stores and boutiques, including Moda, Williams-Sonoma, and White House Black Market. In Shadyside, businesses (retail & restaurants) are located along three corridors: Walnut Street, Ellsworth Avenue, and S. Highland Avenue. Given the compact nature of this historic residential neighborhood, the three business corridors are all within walking distance of one another.

Walnut Street

On Walnut Street, there are more stores that belong to national chains, including Gap (along with BabyGap, GapKids and GapBody), Apple, J.Crew, UBS, Chico's, Victoria's Secret, Banana Republic, Talbots, and United Colors of Benetton. Pittsburgh's oldest jewelry store, the 4th generation Henne Jewelers, is also here, as are local restaurants, including Up Modern Kitchen,[3] Cappy's, Mario's, William Penn Tavern, Pamela's Diner and La Feria.

Pamela's Diner has been serving breakfast since 1980.[4] Pamela's gained publicity when Gail Klingensmith and Pamela Cohen, the two co-owners of Pamela's P&G Diners, made pancakes in 2009 for President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle Obama and 80 veterans for a Memorial Day breakfast.[5]

The Jam on Walnut is a summer concert series that features local and regional music concerts. The concerts are held on the last Saturday of each summer month on the corner of Bellefonte and Walnut Street. Proceeds from beer sales go to Cystic Fibrosis. Walnut Street also hosts the Shadyside Arts Festival, a juried art show. This late summer/early fall street fair has been held on Walnut Street for so long that the event has been renamed "The Art Festival on Walnut Street."

Ellsworth Avenue

Ellsworth Avenue tends to have smaller, locally owned businesses, including Eons (a vintage store), Gallerie Chiz (an art gallery), and beauty salons such as Salon 5844, Capristo salon, Dante Salon and Mikel's. Ellsworth has a number of restaurants such as Bites and Brews, Umi, Fajita Grill, and Soba. Ellsworth also features two of Pittsburgh's gay and gay friendly bars, Spin (upstairs colloquially known as "Nips") and 5801.

S. Highland Avenue

Storefronts along South Highland Aveune.

S. Highland Avenue features several upscale design and furniture stores, including Weiss House, Arhaus and Penhollows. Local restaurants and cafes include Casbah, Mad Mex, Urban Tap, Noodle Head, Millie's Homemade Ice Cream, and Adda Coffee and Tea House. Also on S. Highland is the entrance to East Liberty's Eastside retail complex, which features Whole Foods, Fine Wine and Good Spirits, Starbucks Coffee, Trek Bikes, and Eva Szabo Spa, as well as local restaurants Dinette and Plum.

Work began to replace the S. Highland bridge in March 2013. Construction shutdown both S. Highland Avenue and Ellsworth Avenue (which runs under the bridge) until October 2013.[6]

Residential Shadyside

Since the 1920s, residential Shadyside has been home to a mix of affluent families, young professionals, artists, musicians, students, and apartment dwellers. The residential areas of the neighborhood include Victorian mansions along with modern apartments and condominiums. The neighborhood has a compact layout, which prevents most houses from having garages. Public transportation is available via Port Authority bus system; express busway stops are located in the neighborhood on Negley Avenue (between Ellsworth and Centre avenues) and on Ellsworth Avenue (at Shady Avenue).

Schools

The Shadyside school district consists mainly of The Liberty School, a public school; and private schools, Winchester Thurston School, The Ellis School, and The University School.

The Liberty School is located in the Shadyside area of Pittsburgh, and consists of grades pre-kindergarten to fifth. The school's colors are navy and white and its mascot is the soaring eagle. It was built in 1872, and in 1911, the industrial arts portion of the school was built. From the years 1911 to 1934, the first and older building instilled primary instruction- such as the core subjects of learning- while the newer building offered woodworking, home economics, and other courses. In 1934, the eldest building was completely torn down to further renovate the school. Therefore, the newest building was attached to the 1911 building, consisting of both classrooms and an auditorium. Later on in the 1990s, playgrounds were constructed on both sides of the buildings providing more recreation for the students.[7]

Liberty is a "magnet school," which merely means it is a public school with specialized courses and therefore draws in a diverse group of students. [8]

Shadyside in winter

Liberty's approximate student enrollment is 375 students per school year, with a student to teacher ratio of about 16:1. The percentage of males and females is fairly equal, with 45% male and 55% female.[9]

The Winchester Thurston School is a private co-ed institution located in Shadyside. It has two campuses-the North Hills campus in Allison Park and the city campus in Shadyside. [10][third-party source needed]

The Ellis School is an independent school for girls ages three through grade twelve in Shadyside, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was established in 1916 by Sara Frazer Ellis.[11][third-party source needed]

The Ellis School and the Winchester Thurston School are both part of the Pittsburgh Consortium of Independent Schools (PCIS) which is a non-profit organization consisting of these and eleven other independent schools in the area.[12]

Shady Side Academy, though founded in the neighborhood in 1883, is no longer located in the Shadyside neighborhood. The school originally occupied the present-day site of the Winchester Thurston School as an all-male day school, but relocated its Senior and Middle School campuses to suburban Fox Chapel in the 1920s. Its Junior School campus, however, remains in the city in nearby Point Breeze.

Shadyside Action Coalition

The Shadyside Action Coalition, known colloquially as SAC, is a community organization. This not-for-profit organization was formed in 1973.[13] According to their website, their goals are to, "preserve values and laws of this community"; the issues they have chosen to focus on are "neighborhood safety, planning and zoning, parking, quality of life, preserving the character of the community, and being actively involved with the future development of our community".[14] Composed of 34 organizations, book clubs, and churches, SAC has "sought to be the instrument through which Shadyside could control its own destiny, mainly by generating sufficient power to influence forces such as government planners, larger property investors, banks, and school boards".[15]

Within the larger Shadyside Action Coalition, there are six different committees: community networking, fundraising, historic Shadyside, membership, public safety, and zoning.[16] Community networking's stated goal is to, "maintain collaborative relationships with adjacent community groups to work on shared projects along borders".[17] They are involved with liaisons in many other neighborhoods around Pittsburgh. These neighborhoods include East Liberty, North Point Breeze, South Point Breeze, Bloomfield, Friendship, Oakland, and Squirrel Hill. Projects that are being worked on as of 2010 are the Baum Centre Initiative and Bakery Row.

The Baum Centre Initiative is a project with the goal of, "developing a cohesive, renewed, and thriving Baum-Centre Corridor".[18] The Baum-Centre Corridor is a section of UPMC Shadyside, and there has been much debate surrounding this project. Concerns include whether this project constitutes an expansion of UPMC Shadyside or if it is a transformation of the building that is already there.[19] The project has encountered some legal and legislative problems.[20]

Bakery Row is a collaborative effort with East Liberty Development Inc. and SAC to develop the "Bakery Row" section of Penn Ave. Seven districts converge at Bakery Row: East Liberty. Homewood, North Point Breeze, South Point Breeze, Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, and Larimer. Plans include development of Penn and Shady, the resurrection of an East Liberty Station, reopening the Reizenstein Middle School, redevelopment of buildings in "Bakery Square",[21] creating more pedestrian-friendly transportation, as well as more "transit-oriented" transportation.

Other projects the community networking committee has worked on include the Pedestrian Bridge, the Doc Economou project, UPMC's Cromisa halfway house, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Fidelity Bank on Centre, Hertz on Baum and Bobby Rahal's on Baum.[18]

SAC has one annual fundraiser- the house tour. According to their website all of the money raised through this event is put into the community. In 2010 the funds were utilized for scholarships for summer arts camps at Shadyside Center For the Arts, bike racks, block watch signs and safety programs, an architect/zoning real estate attorney opinion about a neighborhood issue, "Welcome to the Neighborhood" packets for new people in the area, and the creation of a quarterly newsletter.[22] In 2010, for the 32nd annual house tour, people went through eight homes on a self-guided tour. Transportation from each private home was provided by Molly's Trolley's.[23]

History

Shadyside was originally named after a local farm, and was annexed to Pittsburgh in 1868.[24]

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "PGHSNAP 2010 Raw Census Data by Neighborhood". Pittsburgh Department of City Planning PGHSNAP Utility. 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2013.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ Dill, Kathryn. "Best cities and neighborhoods for millennials", Forbes, 14 April 2014. Retrieved on 22 April 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.upkitchen.com/
  4. ^ [1] Archived January 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Balingit, Moriah (May 26, 2009). "President flips over Pamela's flapjacks". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  6. ^ "South Highland Avenue Bridge to reopen Oct. 21". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. September 27, 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Our History". 2009. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  8. ^ "General Information". 2009. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Ul Liberty Elementary School". Public School Review LLC. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  10. ^ "About Us". 2008. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Ellis at a Glance". 2008. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  12. ^ Pittsburgh Metroguide. Pittsburgh Metroguide (2007-09-19). Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  13. ^ Roy Lubove (1996). Twentieth Century Pittsburgh. University of Pittsburgh Press. ISBN 978-0-8229-5566-5. Retrieved 2010-11-17. 
  14. ^ "About Us". 2009. Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  15. ^ Roy Lubove (1996). Twentieth Century Pittsburgh. University of Pittsburgh Press. ISBN 978-0-8229-5566-5. Retrieved November 17, 2010. 
  16. ^ "committees". 2009. Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  17. ^ "Community Networking Committee". 2009. Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  18. ^ a b "Community Networking Committee". 2009. Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Public review: UPMC's Shadyside care center deserves an airing". Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  20. ^ Rich Lord and Diana Nelson Jones (2010-11-25). "UPMC to open disputed facility". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  21. ^ Patricia Lowry (October 3, 2006). "Workshop to handle rise of ideas for 'Bakery Row'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Annual House Tour Information". 2009. Retrieved November 17, 2010. 
  23. ^ "8 homes on Shadyside House Tour". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. October 6, 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  24. ^ Bloom, Albert W. (Jan 14, 1953). "Pittsburgh today made up of many villages". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 23. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 

External links

  • Interactive Pittsburgh Neighborhoods Map
  • Shadyside Action Coalition
  • ThinkShadyside.com
  • Free Wireless Shadyside
  • Winchester Thurston School
  • The Ellis School
  • Shadyside Music Scene -Pittsburgh Music History
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