Maps / Plans

Transportation

Despite the fact that the Middle Hill sits in a central location in the City of Pittsburgh, less than 1 mile from the central business district and the major educational and institutional assets of Uptown and Oakland, “the Hill” can be hard to find.   

Areas of Undermining

Large areas of the Middle Hill District have been identified as areas of historic shallow-tunnel mines.  These areas are at risk of undermining and subsidence.  Special care in the design and construction of new structures in these highlighted areas may be required in order to build in these locations.

Vacant Land

The Middle Hill has a very high percentage of vacant land parcels.  This vacancy gives many parts of the neighborhood a “half-empty” feel, and precludes the population density necessary for vibrant streets and healthy neighborhood retail. 

 

Publicly Owned Land

53% of parcels in the neighborhood are publicly owned.

Vacancy

32% of parcel area in the neighborhood is vacant.

Land Use

Landuse within the district is predominately residential (28%), 17% civic uses followed by 15.69% vacant. Commercial land uses make up less than 25% of the planning area. .

 

Zoning

Two Zoning designations dominate within the planning area RM-M Multi unit Residential and LNC Local Neighborhood Commercial which is intended to maintain the small scale and rich diversity of neighborhood-serving commercial corridors. 

Topography

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Steep Slopes

The Middle Hill is defined by steep topography.  This topography also features multiple zones where grades exceed 15% on otherwise buildable parcels. 

 

Key Housing Sites

The neighborhood has seen a large amount of investment in new mixed-income housing development over the past 20 years.  As evidenced by this map, up until now this investment has been clustered in the western end of the Middle Hill and along its northern and southern periphery.  

Proximity to Jobs

The map shows the distribution of jobs for employed residents of the City of Pittsburgh. The Middle Hill sits within one mile of major employment centers in the Pittsburgh region, such as the Central Business District and the University and Medical centers of the Uptown and Oakland neighborhoods to the south and east. 

Community Assets

The Hill District has the great fortune of benefiting from three established community-based organizations with unique concentrations and numerous faith-based organizations equally committed to the Hill’s residents.

 

Perceptions of High Crime

Among many residents of the Pittsburgh region, the Middle Hill has a reputation as a high-crime area.  Crime data over the period from 2010 to 2016 shows that the overall crime rate for the neighborhood has been dropping.  Crime hot-spot data for 2016 shows a few localized areas of high crime, but a generally low crime rate overall.  

Connection Opportunities

Improve connectivity to help Middle Hill benefit from the strong development climate.

Open Space Opportunities

The Middle Hill District is surrounded by well-maintained public open space, from August Wilson Park, Ammon Playground and the Coal Seam Trail on the north to Kennard playground on the south, but within the boundaries of the Middle Hill, there is very limited and disconnected open space resources

 

Gentrification Risk

The same development pressure that presents an opportunity for the Middle Hill also presents a significant threat to future housing affordability.

  Homeownership   The Middle Hill has a slightly below-average rate of home-ownership compared to the city and a significantly lower rate than the region overall (44.3% for the Middle Hill vs. 48.0% for the City of Pittsburgh vs. 64.8% regionally).   

Homeownership

The Middle Hill has a slightly below-average rate of home-ownership compared to the city and a significantly lower rate than the region overall (44.3% for the Middle Hill vs. 48.0% for the City of Pittsburgh vs. 64.8% regionally).   

High Demand of Parking

Residents of the Middle Hill report that they are seeing increasing usage of on-street parking in the vicinity of Centre Avenue and Herron Avenue, near the University of Pittsburgh’s Campus; around the new Consol Center arena site on Crawford Avenue, and in the area of Dinwiddie Street