Get to know Oakland

Learn about Oakland's neighborhoods and their resident associations. For detailed information and analysis on demographics, census data and more maps by neighborhood, visit the City of Pittsburgh's Department of City Planning PGHSNAP website.

Coalition of Oakland Residents (COR)

COR is a collective voice for the residents of Oakland. Their goal is to improve life in Oakland by promoting community groups; by encouraging communication among these groups; and by advocating on their behalf to entities that impact these groups, their constituent communities and fellow residents. OPDC collaborates closely with COR and hosts their monthly meetings. Each member at the COR roundtable is a representative of a neighborhood association or neighborhood area.  COR ensures resident engagement in reviewing development proposals, facilitating Oakland-wide community gatherings, and implementing The Oakland 2025 Master Plan.  If you do not know the association in your neighborhood, contact OPDC at

Central Oakland

This is the section of Oakland that visitors and commuters know best. It includes most of Pitt's urban campus and several UPMC hospital facilities, as well as many restaurants, shops and amenities. Its close proximity to attractions such as the main branch of the Carnegie Library, Schenley Plaza, Phipps Conservatory, Schenley Park and the Carnegie Museums make it an attractive place to live. The Forbes and Fifth Avenue business district runs east to west through the northern end of the neighborhood, which is bordered on the north by Fifth Avenue and on the south by Boulevard of the Allies. There is also a smaller business district on Semple Street between Ward and Bates Streets. Long term residents are concentrated in Panther Hollow, the Oakland Square Historic District, and the Louisa Street/Coltart Street area..

Central Oakland Resident Associations

Oakland Square Historic District Community Organization: The Oakland Square Historic District Community Organization is an informal resident association that meets on an as-needed basis to coordinate volunteer efforts to maintain neighborhood plantings, discuss issues of concern and opportunity for the neighborhood and Oakland generally. The group primarily communicate via email. To join the group, send an email to the group owner at

Coltart/Halket community and Panther Hollow: The residents of the Coltart/Halket and Panther Hollow communities do not have regularly scheduled meetings, but are very organized when issues or projects arise. Contact OPDC at 412.621.7863 ext. 23 or to get in touch with these groups.

North Oakland

North Oakland, which includes the Craig Street and Centre Avenue business districts as well as the residential high rises between Neville Street and Bellefield Avenue, is Oakland’s connection to Shadyside, Bloomfield, Polish Hill and the Hill District. Nestled among the civic and cultural institutions north of Fifth Avenue is the Schenley Farms Historic District, a residential neighborhood known for beautiful architecture and well-preserved homes.


Baum Centre Initiative (BCI): BCI is a group of citizens and business owners who work to improve the quality of life and review development proposals in the Baum-Centre corridor.  BCI meets the third Tuesday of each month at the First United Methodist Church at 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Lenore Williams at

Bellefield Area Citizens Association (BACA): BACA holds open meetings every second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the First Church-Christ Scientist, located at 201 North Dithridge Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. For more information, contact 412.683.8151 or

Schenley Farms Civic Association: For information about meetings and projects, visit or contact Janet Squires at


South Oakland

Although many people refer to everything south of Forbes as South Oakland, in fact South Oakland is south of the Boulevard of the Allies. This almost entirely residential area includes the neighborhood known as Oakcliffe to the west of Bates Street. Oakcliffe is home to one of Pittsburgh’s newest greenways, a resident-designed path with lovely views of the river. At the tip of the western portion of South Oakland, overlooking the Monongahela River, lie additional community assets such as the Frazier Farms Community Garden, Dan Marino Field, and the Frazier Field House community center. South Oakland has one of Oakland's largest concentrations of homeowners, and most of the homes are older brick single-family houses and duplexes.


Oakcliffe Community Organization of South Oakland: Monthly meetings take place on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at 370 Lawn Street. For more information, visit  or contact or 412.260.1922.

South Oakland Neighborhood Group (SONG): SONG holds open meetings at 6:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Frazier Field House, located at 3716 Frazier Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. For more information, visit or contact or 412.440.8840.

West Oakland

West Oakland is a dense residential community that connects with the Hill District, Oak Hill and Uptown. Straddling the hill above Fifth Avenue, the neighborhood enjoys beautiful views of the Monongahela River Valley and the rest of Oakland. West Oakland is home to many long-term residents, a growing number of students, and the University of Pittsburgh's Upper Campus and Carlow University. Like South Oakland, it has one of Oakland’s largest population of long-time homeowners, and the housing stock is mostly brick single-family homes and duplexes. OPDC will break ground on Oakland Affordable Living, our latest affordable housing development, in West Oakland in 2017.


West Oakland Neighborhood Council: West Oakland’s community center, The Corner, convenes a Neighborhood Council comprised of local residents with a passion for maintaining and improving the quality of life in the West Oakland and Oak Hill neighborhoods. They host open meetings the first Tuesday each month at 6:30 p.m. The Corner is located at 200 and 202 Robinson Street. For more information, contact or 412.683.1400.