The Strip District
It’s rare that a visit to Pittsburgh does not include a trip to the Strip District. Young and old, visiting Pittsburgh or a Pittsburgher… The Strip is a destination point highly recommended by anyone who lives here, or anyone who’s been here. Restaurants, coffee houses, open markets, cigar shops, contemporary art exhibits and even great donuts await. On a spring, summer, fall or winter Saturday, you can bet there is something for everyone on Smallman Street and Penn Avenue in the Strip!
The Strip District is a neighborhood that is only a half a square mile, running between 13th and 33rd Sts. with Smallman St. Penn Ave. and Liberty Ave. as its main streets. The Strip, as it’s affectionately called, was home to mills and factories over the years including the Fort Pitt Foundry, which made cannons during the Civil War era. Many famous companies were housed in the Strip at some point over the years, including Heinz Ketchup and U.S. Steel.
In the early 1900s, the Strip became known for its wholesale of produce, meat and poultry. The 1920s saw the Strip as the economic hub of the ‘burgh.