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Crossing the Allegheny from Downtown, the golden "Three Sisters" suspension bridges – at 6th, 7th and 9th Streets – gesture toward the North Side. The  9th St. Bridge was recently re-named the Rachel Carson Bridge in honor of  the pioneering environmentalist; earlier, the 6th Street Bridge was renamed for Pittsburgh Pirates hero Roberto Clemente; during home games, the bridge is closed to car traffic and crowds saunter across. The Pirates' stadium, the stunning PNC Park, is new as is Heinz Field for the Steelers'; they replace the 1960s-era Three Rivers Stadium. Also new are the freshly gridded streets and businesses around them, replacing vast parking lots. The next sister, at 7th Street, has been rechristened, too, for Pittsburgh native Andy Warhol, whose museum waits at the end of the bridge. Indeed, the North Side has even more museums than ballfields. From the Warhol, continue to installation-arts pioneer The Mattress Factory, as well as the National Aviary, the Carnegie Science Center, the Children's Museum and the Museum of Photo Antiquities. Stop at the East Ohio Street shops, and wander the sculpture-strewn riverside trail from the stadiums to the 31st Street Bridge. Keep an eye on the Allegheny – and collect bonus points if you catch a kayak and a coal barge in the same frame.

Many Port Authority bus routes serve the neighborhoods of the North Side, but here are a few highlights. The 8 and 11, among others, offer access to Allegheny Center and its many attractions as well as the Andy Warhol Museum. The 14 offers service to West View, the 14 to Sewickley and the 16 to the historic Mexican War Streets neighborhood – and all will get North Siders to Bellevue. For access to CCAC and the Allegheny West business district, riders may take the 18. The 54, a crosstown route, links to the Strip District, Polish Hill, Bloomfield and Oakland. And many North Side residents are just a short walk from new T stations near Heinz Field and PNC Park, with light rail service to Downtown, Station Square and the South Hills. For information on other routes and destinations, visit portauthority.org.any Port Authority bus routes serve the neighborhoods of the North Side, but here are a few highlights. The 8 and 11, among others, offer access to Allegheny Center and its many attractions as well as the Andy Warhol Museum. The 14 hits many of the North Shore's major institutions – like PNC Park, Heinz Field and Rivers Casino – and 13 and 16 serve the historic Mexican War Streets neighborhood and Bellevue. For access to CCAC and the Allegheny West business district, riders may take the 18. The 54, a crosstown route, links to the Strip District, Polish Hill, Bloomfield, Oakland and the South Side.

North Side Features

M.I.A. brings her agitprop hip-hop to Stage AE

The pop music lightning rod comes to Pittsburgh on the heels of the release of her fourth album "Matangi."

Photo Slide Show: My impressions of Pittsburgh in 120 seconds

Before presenting on Bristol where he is mayor, George Ferguson entertained those at the Remaking Cities Congress with his astute and humorous observations of Pittsburgh. From our bridges--there are bridges under bridges!--to our walkability, here's how he viewed our green "left field" city. TIP: click on captions to see his remarks!

Photo slide show: The yarnbombing of the Warhol Bridge

In an amazing feat of collaboration, persistence and fiber art, artist Amanda Gross and group of 1,847 volunteers created the largest yarnbombing project ever, covering the Andy Warhol Bridge with bright, multi-colored panels. See it here and then get downtown and gawk for yourself.

Great places to drink coffee in Pittsburgh

It's not just the coffee but where you drink it. As coffeehouse culture in Pittsburgh keeps getting better, we invite you to check out our list of great spots to drink a great brew. It runs the gamut from classic one-of-a-kind places such as La Prima Espresso to newer faves including Espresso a Mano.

Impressions of Pittsburgh: what the arts delegates had to say about our city

Recently, 1000 or so arts delegates from around the country converged in Pittsburgh to meet and to experience our arts scene. When we kept hearing them gush (like the newly turned-on fountain) about our city, we asked some to go on record with their impressions. From the president of PBS to the Director of the Austin Ballet, here's what they had to say.
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