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Oakland is the city's dominant academic and medical center, home to Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh and UPMC, as well as smaller Carlow University. With the Carnegie Library's main branch -- "Free To the People" -- as well as the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, the neighborhood's cultural center of gravity is inescapable. North Oakland has great prewar apartment buildings and new developments, but it's South Oakland's deep nooks and crannies that fascinate. Rich in recent and past immigrants, here you'll find ethnic restaurants that come with a diverse population and many night spots, including hookah bars and independent coffee houses.

Second only to Downtown as a regional employment destination, Oakland is extensively served by Port Authority buses. Get to the airport via the 28X, or to East Liberty, Wilkinsburg and beyond via the P3. The 54 goes to the North Side, Bloomfield and the South Side, while the 75 connects to shopping at South Side Works and Bakery Square. The 93 offers direct service to Butler Street in Lawrenceville. Other city neighborhoods are well-connected to Oakland, with the 71A, 71B, 71C and 71D providing service to places like Highland Park, Shadyside and Point Breeze, and any of the four 61-series routes providing service to Squirrel Hill (the 61D also takes riders to The Waterfront shopping area and the 61A and 61B serve Regent Square). Many of these routes also serve Downtown.

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Artist in Residence in Motherhood

Lenka Clayton: An artist in residence in motherhood

At the intersection of motherhood and art, the personal is political for Pittsburgh artist Lenka Clayton. Her project, An Artist Residency in Motherhood, first appeared at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in 2012 and now is gaining national attention. 

Protected bike lanes

Bus meets bike: How the next wave of commuters is changing the urban landscape

In Pittsburgh and across the state, the humble bicycle is mobilizing efforts to usher in a new era of public transportation. In Part Three of our three-story series on transportation, Pop City navigates the connection between buses, bikes and the commuters who depend on them.

The Frozen Bone collection

Art Institute student shows collection at New York Fashion Week

Romina Vairo, a recent fashion design graduate at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, will show her collection Frozen Bone at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City on Feb. 17. 

An overview of Liberty Avenue traffic, Downtown

Pittsburgh as a driving force behind transportation technology

From bus-tracking apps to robotic traffic signals, the New Year has introduced some big changes for Pittsburgh in the realm of transportation. Part One of Pop City's three-part series on transportation issues within Pittsburgh and across Pennsylvania.

Oakland hosted the second Anchor District Forum in December 2013

Eds and meds, unite: Anchor districts are new engines for job creation

Across the United States, anchor districts like Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood stabilize communities through creative placemaking and job creation. Here, an in-depth look at anchor districts in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Cleveland. 
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