Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Cultural District, Restaurants, theaters

How Downtown has changed in 30 years

When I was a kid.

In the past the area of The cultural district was a dangerous place. Most noteably Pittsburgh’s red-light district. In 1984 HJ Heinz II envision the idea of the Cultural District along the Penn-Liberty Avenue corridor. Today the 14-square block area continues to transform from a red-light district to a dynamic arts and residential neighborhood. There are more then 15 arts venues. Its transformation is widely praised as a model for urban redevelopment through the arts. Brendan Lemon of The New York Times wrote, “To describe Pittsburgh’s unconventional, un-Disneyfied remodeling of its Cultural District… is to explore how theater can help transform urban identity”.

the Cultural District is a known for theaters, art galleries and cultural landmarks like the grand Heinz Hall, home to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Benedum Center for the Performing Arts. Besides the Arts the area is know for great food.



A tip to downtown Pittsburgh would not be complete without going to the Cultural District. An area starting at Gateway Center and going to the Strip District. The two main streets are Penn Ave and Liberty Ave. As a child I remember this part of town being a “no mans land”. It was known for being a very dangerous place after 5pm. In fact, I remember walking these streets and seeing garbage and urban decay everywhere. It was such a pleasure visiting the Cultural District.

Must See

The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, is a theater and concert hall located at 237, 7th Street in the Cultural District. Designed by the Philadelphia architectural firm Hoffman-Henon, it was built in 1928 as the Stanley Theatre. The former movie palace was renovated and reopened as the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in 1987.everywhere. It was such a pleasure visiting the Cultural District.