Coalition of Oakland Residents (COR)

COR is the neighborhood alliance that engages, informs and connects all of Oakland’s diverse residential communities and their respective groups on quality of life issues. OPDC facilitates COR's monthly meetings and 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. COR priorities and projects come from the member organizations through the representative to COR. If you do not know the association in your neighborhood, contact COR at or OPDC at

Get to know Oakland

Learn about all of Oakland's neighborhoods and the residential associations that serve each of them below. 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.

Central Oakland

This is the section of Oakland visitors and commuters know best--includes most of Pitt's campus and several UPMC hospital facilities, as well as many restaurants, shops and amenities. The Forbes and Fifth Avenue business district runs east to west through the core of the neighborhood, which is bordered on the north by Fifth Avenue and on the south by Boulevard of the Allies. The residential streets in Central Oakland are where the majority of our college residents live, though there are also strong pockets of long term residents in Panther Hollow, the Oakland Square Historic District, and the Louisa Street/Coltart Street community.

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 community do not have a regular meeting schedule, 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 is bordered by Bouquet Street, Neville Street, Centre Avenue, and Bigelow Blvd. Its Centre Avenue business district flanks many other neighborhood boundaries, including Bloomfield, Shadyside, and East Liberty. North Oakland is known for its dense concentration of high rise apartment buildings, cooperatives, and condominiums. Within North Oakland is also the Schenley Farms Historic District, a residential neighborhood known for beautiful architecture and well-preserved homes, and the Craig Street business district. 

North Oakland resident associations:

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 3rd Tuesday of each month at the First United Methodist Church at 6 PM. For more information, contact

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

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

South Oakland

Almost entirely residential, South Oakland is bordered by the Blvd. of the Allies, Schenley Park, Second Avenue, the Parkway East, and Forbes Avenue. Bates Street divides it in half, with a residential neighborhood known as Oakcliffe to the west, and what most people traditionally refer to as South Oakland to the east. At the tip of South Oakland overlooking the Monongahela River lie community assets such as the Frazier Farms Community Garden, Dan Marino Field, and the Frazier Fieldhouse community center. South Oakland has one of Oakland's largest concentrations of homeowners, and most of the homes are single-family or duplexes, with a few exceptions.

South Oakland resident associations

Oakcliffe Community Organization of South Oakland: Monthly meetings take place on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00pm at the Community Human Services offices, located at 370 Lawn Street. For more information, please email, visit their website at or call Dave Panasiuk at 412.260.1922.

South Oakland Neighborhood Group (SONG): SONG holds open meetings the first Tuesday of each month at the Frazier Field House, located at 3716 Frazier Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. For more information, please email, visit their website at or call at 412.440.8840

West Oakland

West Oakland is a small but dense residential community that includes Chesterfield Road, Robinson Street, Dunseith Street, Aliquippa Street, Terrace Street and Darragh Street. The neighborhood borders the Hill District, Oak Hill and Uptown and sits on top of a hill where residents enjoy beautiful views of the Mon Valley. The neighborhood is home to the University of Pittsburgh's Upper Campus and to Carlow University. 

West Oakland Resident Associations

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 6:30pm. The Corner is located at 200 and 202 Robinson Street. For more information, contact or 412-683-1400.