Welcome to District 3


Council District 3 is comprised of 12 neighborhoods, each with its own unique character and history. From bustling business districts to quiet residential enclaves, District 3 offers residents and visitors a true slice of Pittsburgh.

Our Neighborhoods


Incorporated in 1870 and annexed by the City of Pittsburgh in 1872, Allentown was originally a hub for the entrepreneurial German immigrant community. Today beautiful Allentown looks a little different. Having remained a bustling place after all these years, it features some of Pittsburgh’s best restaurants, a heavy-metal coffee shop, art spaces and phenomenal views of the Downtown skyline. 


A welcoming and tight-knit community, Arlington residents work hard to ensure their neighborhood continues to thrive. Arlington’s Henry Kaufman Center serves as the neighborhood’s hub, where on any given night one might attend an awards dinner, an after-school reading, various recreation programs, and so much more. For those that love the outdoors, the South Side Park, Bill Soltz Field, and the Arlington “Fort” Park are great places to explore.

Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights is a small neighborhood in the eastern Hilltop area of Pittsburgh that is completely surrounded by the larger neighborhoods of Arlington and the South Side Slopes. Arlington Heights was originally composed of 660 housing units built by the Housing Authority of Pittsburgh in 1942 to house war workers who lived to far from their jobs or were living away from their families.


Green and residential, Beltzhoover is a family centered neighborhood home to some of the city’s oldest real estate, including the Melchor Beltzhoover homestead which was built in the 18th century. Nestled against McKinley Park, Beltzhoover has access to some of the city’s best trails and park amenities.

Central Oakland

A unique mix of long-time residents and students from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University call the dynamic neighborhood of Central Oakland their home. The neighborhood offers great food choices and an infinite variety of entertainment and educational opportunities. With the Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History, as well as the Carnegie Library Main Branch at the center, there is always an opportunity to experience something new.


Knoxville has long been a desirable location for Pittsburgh residents. Once the fruit farm of Jeremiah Knox, brother-in-law to the son of Beltzhoover’s founder, the area became desirable yet again during the height of Pittsburgh’s steel industry. The neighborhood sits on the second ridge from the Mon River, shielding its residents from the pollution coming from the old South Side Mills. These days Knoxville is still primarily a residential area, with one of the highest concentration of school age children in the City.

Mt Oliver

Unlike the Mt. Oliver borough, with which Mt. Oliver Neighborhood shares its name, our Mt. Oliver Neighborhood is very much part of city proper. Home to around 600 residents, this highly residential neighborhood has a small town feel in the heart of the city.


This tiny sliver of southwest Oakland is comprised of just 5 streets. Cared for by the Oakland Housing Club, one of the oldest community organizations in Oakland, this is a place where neighbors know each other’s name.

South Side Flats

South Side Flats is widely considered to be Pittsburgh’s epicenter of nightlife and entertainment. In the Flats you can find great restaurants and shops and live music in abundance. If architecture and history are your thing, be sure to stop by East Carson Street, Pittsburgh’s largest concentration of 19th century homes.

South Side Slopes

The South Side Slopes encompass Pittsburgh’s infamously steep hills along the Monongahela River from Josephine Street to the Liberty Bridge. Residents of this neighborhood enjoy panoramic views of the Downtown Area, and far beyond on a clear day, as well as South Side Park with its hiking trails and orchard patch.n.

South Oakland

South Oakland, with its boundaries marked by the Monongahela River, Boulevard of the Allies, and the western bank of Junction Hollow, is Pittsburgh’s triangular shaped gem. Known for being the birthplace of Andy Warhol and Dan Marino, South Oakland is also home to Magee-Women’s Hospital, one of leading hospitals for women’s health in the nation.

St Clair

St. Clair is perhaps district 3’s most unique neighborhood, being entirely and exclusively a residential community. The residents stay active and connected by maintaining an active tenant council, athletic association and attending the Lighthouse Cathedral Church.

District 3 Features


  • South Side Works

Higher Education

  • University of Pittsburgh

District 3 Events Calendar


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Council President Bruce Kraus

Councilman Bruce A. Kraus, born and raised in the South Side, began serving as a member of Pittsburgh City Council on January 7th, 2008. Bruce proudly represents Pittsburgh’s 3rdCouncil District while rounding out his duties as City Council President. District 3 is comprised of the following neighborhoods: Allentown, Arlington, Arlington Heights, Beltzhoover, Central Oakland, Knoxville, Mt. Oliver, Oakcliffe, South Oakland, South Side Flats, South Side Slopes, and St. Clair. Bruce was reelected to his seat in 2011 and sworn in for a second term on January 3rd, 2012. In January of 2014, Bruce was elected by his colleagues as the President of Pittsburgh City Council.

Councilman Kraus’s personal history and extensive relationship with his constituents has played a key role in influencing a great deal of his work in local government. As Pittsburgh’s first openly gay elected official, Bruce has been a strong proponent of civil rights issues, including the Allegheny County Human Relations Commission – which serves to combat discrimination in housing, public accommodation, and employment – and the City’s first Domestic Partner Registry.

As a Councilman, Bruce has sponsored a diverse and comprehensive package of legislation over the years. In response to concerns of his constituents, Councilman Kraus introduced the Responsible Hospitality Institute’s Sociable City Plan, which has worked to develop a comprehensive strategy to improve night life throughout Pittsburgh with an emphasis on public safety and transportation. He has also designed stricter open-container laws and passed the first municipal ban on public urination. Additionally, he sponsored the City’s Social Host Ordinance, tightening measures to prevent underage parties and protect students and residents from unsafe conditions often created by these parties. Bruce has supported also cosponsored legislation to require proper reporting of lost and stolen handguns in promotion of safe and responsible gun ownership in the City of Pittsburgh.

Councilman Kraus is committed to the revival of the historic and traditional beauty of the many neighborhoods in Pittsburgh’s Community. He collaborated with Public Works in reopening the South Side Market House which is the largest senior program center in the City. Bruce assisted in securing funding and support for the $4 million renovation of the Carson Street branch of the Carnegie Library to better serve the surrounding community with state of the art library services. Councilman Kraus worked to secure space and open the Carnegie “Pop-Up Library” in Allentown to provide library access to the surrounding residents.

Bruce Kraus has supported many projects in collaboration with local government offices, City departments, and neighborhood groups throughout District 3. Bruce helped to lead the conversion of a once blighted South Side property into the Riverfront Off-Leash Exercise Area, a dog park serving South Pittsburgh.

He is currently collaborating in planning and investing in a $2 million renovation to the Knoxville branch of the Carnegie Library to also serve this hilltop community. He is actively working towards improvements in recycling and waste management and the elimination of abandoned cars and derelict buildings throughout the district.

Outside of his roles of leading City Council and serving District 3, Bruce sits on the Brashear Association’s Board of Trustees, the Carnegie Library Board of Trustees, the Carnegie Mellon Board of Trustees, the Board of the Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation, the Board of Directors for the Institute for Research, Education & Training in Addictions (IRETA), the Board of Directors for the Oakland Business Improvement District (OBID), the Board of Trustees for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and the Advisory Board to Shepard Wellness.

Council President Bruce Kraus is dedicated to fighting for the equal rights and well-being of all citizens of Pittsburgh. A truly community-focused public official, Bruce constantly strives to get to know the personal stories of the residents he represents. He is constantly working towards, in his words, “A city where all people are invited to our great common table, to share in an equal voice and have every opportunity to participate in the stewardship of their futures.”

District 3 News

  • Beltzhoover Housing Style Guide

    Friends and Neighbors: please take a moment to peruse the Beltzhoover Housing Style Guide. Click for more details!

    Published: 12/14/2016
  • The Greater Beltzhoover Toolkit

    We are very excited to share this wonderful document with everyone in District 3. It is great to know that such amazing work is being done by such talented and motived people in our community. Click for more details!

    Published: 04/08/2014

Contact District 3

The Office of Council President Bruce Kraus
City-County Building
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Suite 510/Floor 5

Telephone: 412-255-2130
Fax: 412-255-8950

Bruce A. Kraus, Councilman, City Council President
Neil Manganaro, Chief of Staff (For scheduling, legislation, and policy inquiry) neil.manganaro@pittsburghpa.gov

Telephone: 412-255-2130
Fax: 412-255-8950

Brosha Tkacheva, Community Relations Manager (For concerns, community meetings, and proclamations)

Telephone: 412-255-2130

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