Essential Pittsburgh: Pitt Students Investigate Perceptions of the South Side

Apr 10, 2015

How do residents and visitors perceive the South Side? Pitt students enrolled in Professor Michael Glass’ urban skills seminar spent a semester interviewing people from all parts of the neighborhood. Michael Glass and student Jason Wald join us to reveal the findings of their research. 

Professor Glass says the goal of the study was the capture the different perspectives of South Side's diverse community rather than to call attention to its rowdier, more buzz-worthy elements.

"We don't want to say the nightlife is a bad thing...What we want to be mindful of is that South Side is used not only by those drinkers but also the people living above the bars, living on Sarah and Jane Streets. Trying to figure out a way where those two communities can coexist is really important." - Professor Michael Glass

Also in today's show, Elaine Labalme tells us where to find art hotels in the Pittsburgh area. 

Perceptions and Realities of the South Side (starts at 0:00)

Professor Glass went on to say that, despite some negative public perception of the neighborhood, his students also found people who were optimistic about the area.

"With what the students are looking at, we found that there's a lot of positivity and positive vibes about the South Side. We really wanted to capture some of that, because things have really turned around on the South Side, and it's interesting to see what's led to that change."

Art Hotels Within Reach (starts at 31:45)

Sometimes you just need to get away without going too far. One way to treat yourself, and recharge the batteries is by checking into an art hotel. This week Elaine Labalme has suggestions for some great places to stay that aren’t far away.

More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be found here