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Old 06-08-2012, 08:59 PM
 
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I visited Pittsburgh for the second time, because my family is considering moving there, and we were quite stunned by how quiet the downtown is. I have never seen such a situation *anywhere*, where everything basically closes at 6pm. Why is it so? Is there really no demand for food/shopping/etc. after working hours?? I mean, even places like Chipotle were closed...
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:10 PM
 
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Downtown has a low residential population, so there is much less demand for things outside of business hours than in other cities. It does depend which part of downtown you are in though. The Cultural District and Market Square aren't dead at night. They aren't necessarily bustling, but they aren't dead, either.

The thing you have to realize about Pittsburgh is that it is a city of neighborhoods. All of these little neighborhoods spread around the city have their own business districts with shops and restaurants that stay open later than the ones downtown. You should check out places like Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Bloomfield, the Strip District, and the Southside to see Pittsburgh's true entertainment & shopping districts. Downtown is improving, but it's still largely serves as merely a cafeteria and convenience store for the daytime workers there, especially outside of Market Square or the Cultural District.
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:31 PM
 
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Tonight it was hopping. I left at 11 and there wasn't much room on the sidewalks to walk.
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:52 PM
 
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I was stunned and still am about that also. I have been to many cities where the downtown is the central location and place to go, meet, be entertained. Except Pittsburgh, if it wasn't for the low cost of living, I would have moved already. But that factor is a big selling point
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:54 PM
 
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So are other areas more active? Do you see people out at night (I mean, after 8/9pm)? Don't know what happened but we didn't manage to find other neighborhoods in Pittsburgh and kept ending up in the cultural district...
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:05 PM
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Our downtown night life is in the South Side. Downtown is usually dead by 11:00PM and much of the time it is dead after 7:00PM.
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Old 06-08-2012, 11:25 PM
 
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I have never seen such a situation *anywhere*, where everything basically closes at 6pm.
Then you haven't been to many cities in the United States.
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Old 06-08-2012, 11:29 PM
 
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I visited Pittsburgh for the second time, because my family is considering moving there, and we were quite stunned by how quiet the downtown is. I have never seen such a situation *anywhere*, where everything basically closes at 6pm. Why is it so? Is there really no demand for food/shopping/etc. after working hours?? I mean, even places like Chipotle were closed...
Ever been to Cleveland? Try seeing Downtown like this at 2 in the afternoon.
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Old 06-09-2012, 12:03 AM
 
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So are other areas more active? Do you see people out at night (I mean, after 8/9pm)? Don't know what happened but we didn't manage to find other neighborhoods in Pittsburgh and kept ending up in the cultural district...
Yes, other areas are more active. South Side by far is the most active that late at night, but the main drags of Central/Lower Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, and Shadyside are noteworthy, too.

Squirrel Hill dies off later than downtown, but it still doesn't have much nightlife. The Strip District is absolutely bustling at noon on a Saturday, but virtually a ghost town at night.
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Old 06-09-2012, 12:25 AM
 
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I have never seen such a situation *anywhere*, where everything basically closes at 6pm.
1. I have seen this in many other cities

2. Unless you're talking about stores I don't see how you got this idea about Pittsburgh as many establishments downtown are open well after 6
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