Located in a central plateau of the East End, Shadyside was one of the wealthy's first escapes from the central city, when the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks – which now accommodate the East Busway – made this possible. In the 1960s, it's said that Shadyside's Walnut Street was a bohemian haven. Today, the trendy and upscale clothes and accessories are more likely to bear a famous label, as upscale chains and designer boutiques have replaced hippie hangouts. There are plenty of restaurants and some galleries,too. Walnut Street's prosperity has been so plentiful that it's spilled over to the Ellsworth Avenue and Highland Avenue business districts. It is still one of Pittsburgh's favored neighborhoods.
Shadyside residents can quickly travel to many locations by heading to the East Busway's Negley Station for express bus service. On Centre Avenue, there's the 71A and 71C (Downtown via Oakland), 82 (Downtown via the Hill District) and 86 (Downtown via Bloomfield and the Strip District). Ellsworth Avenue is served by the 75 Ellsworth, which connects Bakery Square and SouthSide Works via Oakland. On Fifth Avenue, residents can get to Oakland and Downtown by taking the 71B or 71D. The 64 provides crosstown service to Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, Squirrel Hill and the Waterfront via Negley Avenue.