Stroll down East Carson Street in Pittsburgh and you'll be sure to spot the two kinds of 'blue hairs' that live in the South Side. Young punk rockers with their colorful, spiked hair walk beside older—make that much older—ladies whose night time 'roller derby' involves curlers and their own special shade of blue hair. Welcome to Pittsburgh's South Side. An eclectic, dynamic and fun place to live and visit.
The South Side neighborhood—and it is very much a neighborhood—draws a diverse mix of people. Young people. Professional people. Old timers. Empty nesters. Why? It's urban and hip, funky and feisty, ethnic and historic.
It's worth knowing that East Carson Street, located on the South Side flats, is America's longest business Victorian National Historic District. Here, vintage clothing stores, book stores, small galleries, unique shops, cozy night spots, clubs and coffee bars sit side by side and offer plenty of day and evening fun.
Stand on East Carson Street and look up the hillside to see the South Side Slopes, one of the city's little-known jewels—a neighborhood within a neighborhood. Narrow winding streets and a network of steps connect the hillside community. A climb up the Slopes will reward you with spectacular views of the city and plenty of green space.
The business and entertainment district, which runs parallel to the Monongahela River, extends from about Ninth Street to 28th Street. For more information about the South Side.