The Hill District

The Hill District borders Downtown Pittsburgh, Polish Hill, and Oakland. It used to be known as the “Crossroads of the World”. During the 1960’s, “The Hill” endured hard times as the struggle for civil rights was occurring. The Hill is now becoming a safer and more stable district as it is experiencing a renaissance of its own. This is mainly a result of the Hill Community Development Corporation working to improve the area.

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Here is a view of Downtown from the Hill District. The Steel Tower is the tallest building in Pittsburgh as it dominates the horizon from the intersection of Webster and Manilla. This picture was taken less than a mile from the tower and even closer to Consol Energy Center.

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This is 1727 Bedford Avenue, which is where the playwright, August Wilson lived until he was five years old. His most famous work was “The Pittsburgh Cycle” which was made up of ten plays, nine of which were set in the Hill District. He also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama two times, in 1987 and 1990. This location was declared a national landmark in 2007, after Wilson’s passing in 2005.

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These are pictures of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, the front entrance and the street view (from the August Wilson Center website). The purpose is to present the performing and visual arts programs that celebrate the contributions of African Americans. This center opened in September 2009 and is a center for culture and art in Pittsburgh. Its downtown location makes it accessible and its unique shape makes it easy to recognize.

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This is a picture of the Miller African-Centered Academy on Bedford Avenue in the Hill District. The Pittsburgh Public School website says the school focuses on “teaching and promoting the history and culture of people of African descent and the principles of Nguzo Saba. The seven principles of Nguzo Saba are celebrated in the seven days of Kwanzaa.

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By Justin Brothers