Pittsburgh has an astounding 446 bridges. This fact officially makes Pittsburgh the world’s city with the most bridges—three more than the other global leader, Venice, Italy.
The numerous rivers, valleys, and hills common to Western Pennsylvania divide Pittsburgh into a large number of neighborhoods. Pittsburgh Seminary is located between two such neighborhoods. To the north is a residential area of substantial homes, Highland Park, which takes its name from the large city park less than one mile from the Seminary. As one of Pittsburgh’s finest, Highland Park offers woods, picnic areas, paths for biking and walking, and tennis courts. Its large outdoor pool is available during the summer months. At the heart of the park is the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, much of which was built at the turn of the century and which has undergone a large-scale program of modernization. To the south is the downtown area of East Liberty, a business and residential district undergoing substantial renewal. In the last 15 years, East Liberty has become home to a new, Target, Whole Foods, Walgreens, PetSmart, and Home Depot; a hotel and community theater; and numerous restaurants and bakeries among other retail shops. A converted Nabisco bakery has landed Google as an anchor tenant with announced plans for expansion. The surrounding population represents a healthy racial and ethnic cross-section of urban America.
Pittsburgh offers much to enrich one’s theological education. Through volunteer opportunities and field education, students can experience the richness of the region. Within a short drive of the campus, students can serve as pastors in inner city, suburban, small-town, rural, traditional, and emergent churches; as chaplains in hospitals, hospices, and penal institutions; as campus ministers; and in many forms of social outreach.
In addition to education, this region offers a quality of life not found in many places of its size. Urban renewal in the city has included a commitment to the arts and education. An internationally acclaimed symphony orchestra along with resident opera, ballet, and theater companies perform regularly in city theaters. Pittsburgh is also the home of several exceptional art collections and museums including the Andy Warhol and Carnegie museums. Sports enthusiasts are delighted to cheer for the Pittsburgh Steelers (football), Pirates (baseball), and Penguins (hockey). The city is home to world-class health care, the leading employer in the region, and top-ranked institutions including Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh—just two of the 10 area colleges, universities, and graduate schools that provide a rich atmosphere for intellectual growth.
All of these factors make the region a stimulating place in which to live, study, and serve. The wealth of educational and employment options make Pittsburgh a wonderful location for spouses and family members seeking opportunities close to the Seminary’s campus.