Suburban Neighborhoods | Pittsburgh City Paper

Bellevue: Taking the long vue

Not unlike several other neighborhoods that have turned into arts havens in recent years, Bellevue is in flux. There are some vacant storefronts, to be sure, and the Family Dollar discount store on Lincoln does as much business as anyone in town. A few art galleries and a perch above Ohio River Boulevard do not a Sewickley make, the more affluent might sniff ... but then, perhaps Bellevue doesn't envy Sewickley.

Dormont: The Golden Mean

Sometimes you wonder why Dormont hasn't been colonized by cash-strapped hipsters. Access to transit is better than in many city neighborhoods, and much of the housing stock is charming, reasonably priced and well maintained. As importantly, Dormont is just old enough to seem new again ... just genuine enough to attract the hipster's ironic, devouring gaze. Although maybe the best thing about Dormont is that this hasn't happened.

Millvale: True Grit

Millvale is hardly a fashionable address. Like many Pittsburgh-area mill towns, it remains a humble, down-to-earth community amid the shadows of its industrial past. But it offers a set of seemingly incongruous characteristics: a gritty history and a beyond-unpretentious present, coupled with a few pop-cultural destinations and convenience to Downtown.

Oakmont: It fits to a tee

Oakmont's leafy, brick-paved main drag is filled with high-end boutiques with unusual dresses, glam shoes and distinctive jewels. If the goal of your shopping trips is to end up pictured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Seen column, this quaint riverside town may be the destination for you. And if shopping's not your bag, you can see a movie, browse books or eat, fancy or casual.

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