The western part of the city is one of Pittsburgh's best kept secrets. Beginning within city limits at the West End, it expands to suburban boroughs such as Crafton with its fabulous old homes, to Robinson Township, a huge shopping district and large residential neighborhood. Most commonly
known for the Pittsburgh International Airport located in Findlay Township, the west is in the middle of an economic development boom that's making it an attractive location for shopping, entertainment and living.
The opening of the new $1 billion Pittsburgh International Airport in 1992 was a major step in the right direction for the west. The airport is also a full service mall with restaurants and shops galore. Now residents of Pittsburgh can go to the airport not just to fly, but to shop and dine as well -- and
even catch a take-off or two. No doubt travelers to Pittsburgh appreciate the various storefronts, as well as the extremely clean surroundings and all-over efficiency of the new airport. No need to hunt for a phone here -- there are 800 public telephones available!
Shop, shop, shop!
Robinson Towne Center was the beginning of the shopping center maze that has now seemed to appear overnight. The famous IKEA home store, a 24-hour Super Kmart, a large multi-theater Showcase Cinema, and a multitude of other various shops and restaurants have made the West an unbeatable location for shopaholics all over the city. A brand new Wal-Mart and Home Depot have recently been added to The Pointe, a new shopping center located across the highway from Robinson
Towne Center in North Fayette Township. Wear good shoes!
Woodstock of the West
Okay, it's not really like Woodstock, but it is a very nice, very large outdoor amphitheater known as The Post Gazette Pavillion. It features many national and international acts, as well as local talent. In fact, many local performers have had the opportunity to open for "big name" headliners. Don't worry, there's a pavillion if you prefer an actual chair to sit in during the show. However, a "grass pass" is always highly recommended. Nothing like listening to your favorite musicians while sitting on a blanket under the stars. Two caveats: DON'T bring a camera, and park near the entrance instead of closer to the amphitheater if you want to get back home in this century.