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DISTRICT 8

Welcome to District 8

Welcome to the Office of Councilman Dan Gilman and Pittsburgh’s 8th Council District! District 8 contains a collection of vibrant neighborhoods in Pittsburgh’s East End: Oakland, Point Breeze, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill.  Please explore our new website for information on City services, legislation sponsored by Councilman Gilman, office initiatives, and more.

Our Neighborhoods

Oakland

Oakland is the cultural and educational center of Pittsburgh. The University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Carnegie Museums of Natural History and Art are all located in this large neighborhood that borders Squirrel Hill and Shadyside. Oakland enjoys a very diverse population. Students from the four prestigious universities located here hail from more than ninety countries and coexist with longtime Oakland residents throughout the densely populated neighborhood. The neighborhood contains business districts along Forbes and Fifth Avenues and the side streets that connect them as well as Craig Street.

Point Breeze

Bordered by Squirrel Hill and Shadyside, Point Breeze is home to a multitude of young professionals with families, many of whom are associated with the City’s educational and healthcare institutions. While Point Breeze has a quaint business district of its own along Reynolds Street, residents can easily walk to the Shadyside or Squirrel Hill business districts, or hop on a bus along the Martin Luther King Busway to Downtown Pittsburgh.

Shadyside

Located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s East End, Shadyside is home to a mix of families, young professionals, artists, and students. This dense neighborhood contains three bustling business districts on Walnut Street, Ellsworth Avenue, and South Highland Avenue. The neighborhood is home to a beautiful patchwork of stately Victorian mansions, well-maintained apartment and condominium buildings, and contemporary homes.

Squirrel Hill

Historically considered the home of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community, Squirrel Hill still maintains its strong Jewish heritage even as a younger and more diverse population has moved into the neighborhood. Squirrel Hill residents enjoy the rare combination of urban amenities, such as a walkable and lively business district along Murray and Forbes Avenues, and the luxury of large homes with sizable front lawns and backyards. Also located in Squirrel Hill is the beautiful campus of Chatham University.

District 8 Features

Parks

  • Schenley Park
  • Mellon Park
  • Schenley Plaza
  • Wightman Park

Attractions

  • Carnegie Museum of Art
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History
  • Carnegie Library-Main Branch
  • Carnegie Music Hall
  • Cathedral of Learning
  • Frick Art and Historical Center
  • Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
  • Petersen Events Center
  • Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Chatham University
  • Central Catholic High School
  • Depaul School of Hearing and Speech
  • The Ellis School
  • Kentucky Avenue School
  • Liberty School
  • Linden School
  • Oakland Catholic High School
  • Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy
  • Sacred Heart
  • Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children
  • Winchester Thurston School

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Year In Review

Wightman Park

View the master plan here.  

Wightman Park, a neighborhood staple located off of Solway and Wightman Streets in the Squirrel Hill community, is in need of an upgrade. The park contains a ballfield, basketball courts, and various play structures. Our office is leading efforts and working with the community to renovate the park. The master plan, which was developed with the community, calls for new entry plazas, technology to mitigate stormwater runoff, a new ballfield, new play structures, and green components.  Please contact our office to learn more. 

Community Groups

Bellefield Area Citizens Association

BACA is a group of residents and business owners working together to improve North Oakland. BACA meets at 7 PM on the 1st Tuesday of each month at the First Church-Christ Scientist Church at 201 N Dithridge St. For more information, visit www.bacapgh.org.

Baum Center Initiative

The BCI is a group of citizens and business owners who work to improve the quality of life in the Baum-Centre corridor. The BCI meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the First United Methodist Church at 6 PM. For more information, contact our office.

Oakwatch

Oakwatch seeks to improve the quality of life for residents, employees, and visitors by enforcing codes on property violations and disruptive behavior in Oakland. Oakwatch meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at different locations. Visit www.opdc.org/oakwatch for more information.

Point Breeze Organization

The PBO is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization working to enhance the quality of life in Point Breeze via social, charitable, educational, and beautification efforts. Community meetings and events are held regularly throughout the year. Visit http://www.pointbreezepgh.org for more information.

Shadyside Action Coalition

The SAC is made up of Shadyside residents who have an interest in maintaining and improving the quality of life in the neighborhood. Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 6:30 PM at the Winchester Thurston School. For more information, visit www.shadysideaction.org.

Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition

The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition is a non-profit community group dedicated to preserving, improving, and celebrating the quality of life in the 14th Ward of the City of Pittsburgh. Visit www.shuc.org for more information.

Zone 4 Public Safety Council

Zone 4 PSC meetings allow residents and public safety officers a chance to discuss health and safety concerns, problems, and solutions within Zone 4. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 6 PM at the Jewish Community Center. For more information, contact the Zone 4 Community Resource Officers Victoria Butch, Victoria.butch@pittsburghpa.gov and Office David Shiffren, david.shiffren@pittsburghpa.gov

Councilman Dan Gilman

Dan Gilman currently serves on the Pittsburgh City Council representing the 8th District, including the neighborhoods of Oakland, Point Breeze, Shadyside and Squirrel Hill.

During his first term, Councilman Gilman has focused on creating a more accountable city government, embracing Pittsburgh’s technological renaissance in order to improve City services, and making Pittsburgh a more family-friendly and progressive city.

Throughout his first term, Councilman Gilman’s efforts led to a more accountable City government. Gilman sponsored a package of ordinances to create a truly independent City’s Ethics Board, strengthen the City’s campaign finance laws, and develop an easily navigable web portal for City information, all aimed at creating a more transparent government.  He protected homeowners by prohibiting city property tax appeals within two years of home purchase and three years of the last appeal. The legislation also required the City to appeal values downward for properties that are over-assessed – so that everyone pays their fair share.

Councilman Gilman has championed Pittsburgh’s rebirth as a nationwide leader in technology and innovation and led efforts to bring government into the 21st century. He played an integral role in launching Building Eye, an interactive software platform with zoning and permitting information available to the public. He called on PWSA to create an early detection system to alert residents when consumption begins to exceed previous months. He pushed the Parking Authority to modernize their technology by eliminating paper permit stickers and replacing them with license plate reading technology. Additionally, he introduced a three-pronged plan to improve public safety services, which includes an expanded CPR training program for residents, defibrillator registration, and the launch of an innovative smartphone app designed to alert bystanders of cardiac arrest incidents, thereby increasing chances of survival.

Part of his vision for a family-friendly Pittsburgh, Councilman Gilman sponsored legislation to create lactation rooms in both the Pittsburgh City-County Building and the John P. Robin Civic Building. These lactation rooms provide a safe space for working parents who need to breastfeed and pump and are available for both City employees and visitors to the buildings. In addition, Gilman organized a public-private partnership to install free sunscreen dispensers throughout city parks.

During his first term, Councilman Gilman reinforced his commitment to a more progressive Pittsburgh. He sponsored legislation to ban harmful conversion therapy for LGBTQIA+ youth in Pittsburgh. He introduced a City for All agenda - six pieces of legislation to enhance and expand City services for immigrants and refugees. He introduced legislation to prohibit housing-related discrimination against an individual based on their status as a victim of domestic violence. He sponsored legislation to prohibit discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace. Additionally, Gilman sponsored legislation prohibiting questions about salary history on City job applications to help reduce the gender wage gap.

A longtime supporter of the food truck industry, Councilman Gilman brought together local mobile food entrepreneurs and brick-and-mortar businesses to modernize legislation originally crafted decades ago for ice cream trucks. Gilman’s new food truck legislation allows truck owners to operate more freely in the City of Pittsburgh.

Gilman has received many awards and accolades for his hard work. He was selected to join The New DEAL, a national network committed to highlighting pragmatic progressives with innovative ideas at the state and local level. He was also named that Vice Chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) University Communities Council. He has also been recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s “40 Under 40” by Pittsburgh Magazine and Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project, as well as one of Pittsburgh’s “50 Finest” by Whirl Magazine.

Councilman Gilman graduated from Pittsburgh’s Shady Side Academy, and then with honors from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Ethics, History, and Public Policy. He currently serves on the boards of the Sports & Exhibition Authority, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and the Silk Screen Film Festival. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the National Veterans Art Museum and the Board of Fellows of the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics.

District 8 In the News

Contact District 8

The Office of Councilman Daniel Gilman
City-County Building
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Telephone: 412-255-2133
Fax 412-255-2133

Erika Strassburger
Chief of Staff (For inquiries about policy, legislation, district projects, and constituent concerns)

Erika.strassburger@pittsburghpa.gov

Hersh Merenstein
Legislative Assistant (For inquiries about scheduling, constituent concerns, district projects and proclamations and media inquires and interview requests)

Hersh.merenstein@pittsburghpa.gov

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