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South Side Slopes

South Pittsburgh

Photo Credit: Rick Armstrong/Pittsburgh Neighborhood Tours

The South Side Slopes neighborhood is graced with spectacular views of the city and abundant green space, including a portion of the 65-acre South Side Park.

The Slopes provide affordable urban living just minutes from Downtown, Oakland, and the lively, historic Carson Street corridor of the Southside Flats. Narrow, winding streets and a network of steps connect this unique hillside garden community.

Many of the homes on the Slopes, originally built for immigrant workers who flocked to the mills and factories at the turn of the century, are of a distinctive, vernacular Victorian style. With the closing of the steel mills and economic hard times, the Slopes neighborhood was neglected. Over the past few years, there has been a renewed interest in this community.

Concerned residents organized to draw attention to the wonderful opportunities afforded by the Slopes and have been advocating for the needs of the community by forming strong working relationships with local government and agencies who allocate their resources to maintain and upgrade this marvelous neighborhood. The South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association maintains six community gardens, and organizes the annual Pittsburgh Step Trek, a walk through the largest concentration of steps in the city. StepTrek tours the hillsides with the spectacular views that distinguish Pittsburgh. The family-friendly event combines photography, historic narrative, several realtor open houses and a sense of a neighborhood dependent upon steps.


Families in South Side Slopes enjoy a variety of educational options. The Pittsburgh Public School District - which was recently named one of the Country's Top Ten Large Urban Districts by - offers a mix of neighborhood schools and specialized magnet choices in or near South Side Slopes, including:
  • Pittsburgh Whittier K-5
  • Pittsburgh Grandview K-5
  • Pittsburgh Phillips International Studies K-5 Magnet
  • Pittsburgh Murray PreK-8
  • Pittsburgh Arlington PreK-8
  • Pittsburgh South Hills 6-8
  • Pittsburgh Brashear 9-12
Please visit the Pittsburgh Public Schools website for more information.
If you are interested in private, parochial, or charter school options, please visit the "Education" section of our resource page for links.


The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest and most respected public library systems in the country. Established by Andrew Carnegie as a public trust in 1895, CLP has 19 locations throughout the City of Pittsburgh. Neighbors in South Side Slopes enjoy these branches:
  • South Side Library
For more information about the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, visit their website.

South Side Slopes Videos

Hiking The Steps of Pittsburgh

Streets of Pittsburgh - South Side Slopes

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