Church Route Signage Installed


The South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) is excited to announce the installation of signs marking the “Church Route” through the South Side Slopes. The Church Route is a walking tour that goes up and down our unique stairways providing beautiful views of the city, and featuring glimpses of the eccentric hillside architecture and historic churches. For 10 years this route was a part of the SSSNA’s annual StepTrek but the association decided to formalize the route into a permanently signed walk instead. Funding for the signage was provided by the SSSNA in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh, who manufactured and installed the wayfinding signs.

Adam Jette, a volunteer for the annual StepTrek event stated, “It will be nice to have a self-guided tour that residents of Pittsburgh and visitors to our city can use to explore the crazy hillsides of this city. StepTrek is only one day a year but these signs will be available every day.”

The signs are posted at intersections leading from the start of the route at 15th and E. Carson Streets. The Church Route travels up 15th Street eventually ascending many different stairways and adjacent to the historical church of the Slopes. St. Adalabert’s, St. Michael’s, St. Paul’s, and St. Josephat’s churches are highlights of the trip, along with several stunning views of the city and the streets made of stairways.

In keeping with the tradition of StepTrek, an annual tour of two different courses up and down the South Side Slopes, a narrative of the route is provided on the website here: A brochure with a map and helpful navigation information will be printed this summer, and will be available at the South Side Chamber of Commerce office on 11th and Carson Streets. In addition to a map, the brochure will provide historical anecdotes about the churches and community as well ongoing improvements and changes to the neighborhood.

Press Release: Church Route Signage Press Release

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Knoxville Incline Planting Day

Join GTECH and the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association in a planting day at the Knoxville Incline site. We will be planting perennial flowers and bushes as well as re-mulching the pathways.

Plants, tools, and snacks will be provided.

Where: Knoxville Incline Greenway, Brosville Street

When: 10AM to 1PM

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South Side Slopes Summer Picnic


Join your neighbors for an evening of fun!

When: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m.
Where: Quarry Field (off 18th St on Saber Way)
Who: All Friends and Neighbors of the South Side Slopes
Why: Because your neighbors are great!

You’re welcome to bring a covered dish, snacks, drinks, or dessert. Burgers and dogs (and veggie burgers) will be provided.

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Windom / McArdle Gateway Sign


The South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) is pleased to announce the completion of a unique entrance marker reflecting the uniqueness of the neighborhoods it announces. The signage has been erected on PJ McArdle Roadway on the corner of Windom Street. A grant from the now-defunct South Side Local Development Company (SSLDC) made the project possible.

Peter Kreuthmeier of Loysen + Kreuthmeier Architects, the lead on this project stated, “similar to other ‘welcome to the neighborhood’ markers, the Windom/McArdle Gateway makes use of cor-ten steel as its primary material – paying tribute to the neighborhood’s rich steel history.”

The site is an entry point to both the South Side Flats and South Side Slopes, depending on the direction of travel. The words welcome drivers into each neighborhood – either the Flats or the Slopes. Mr. Kreuthmeier added, “Although the piece has no moving parts, when approaching the Flats, it reads ‘South Side,’ and from the other direction, it reads ‘South Side Slopes.’ For such a simple effect, there was quite a bit of study to get the angles just right.”

Loysen + Kreuthmeier interns, Jonathan Tomko and Mary Waelder played a huge role in seeing the idea become a reality. Credit also goes to the following: the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works for removing a power pole and repositioning traffic signage; to the U.S. Postal Service for their promise to relocate the relay mailbox; and to Standard & Custom for their expert fabrication and installation services.

Press Release: Press Release_South Side Entry Signage 5-2016

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Slopes Garden Plantings

Start your Memorial Day Weekend right, by joining your neighbors in greening the South Side Slopes! At 9am on this Saturday, May 28th, we will meet at the Josephine and Greeley Streets WPC/Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Garden to plant beautiful annuals. Snacks, water and gloves will be provided. Please take an hour to help a worthy cause that will bring smiles to all that pass by. The flowers will be spectacular over the summer. The more neighbors that help out, the faster the planting will happen.

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May General Meeting

Where: St Paul of the Cross Monastery Retreat Center
When: Tuesday, May 10 at 7PM

South Side Park update from Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
People’s Natural Gas work in the Slopes this Summer
Committee Updates
And More!


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2016 Slopes Survey

Do you live in the South Side Slopes? If so, South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association wants to know what you think about our neighborhood! Please take 5-10 minutes to complete our online survey, and you can be entered to win a $50 gift card to Giant Eagle!

Click here to take the survey:


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Spring Slopes Cleanup with CMU

Join the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association and Carnegie Mellon’s 1000plus Day of Service for a Spring clean up in the Slopes!

We will be cleaning up the Church Route as well as some notable problem areas such as under the Mission St Bridge and the Eleanor Way Steps.

Depending on the number of neighborhood volunteers students we are assigned we will hit more areas throughout the neighborhood.

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Earth Day

Help clear invasive species, maintain trails, and clean up litter in our wonderful neighborhood park. This volunteer event will be undertaken with the Student Conservation Association and will help us improve the quality of South Side Park for the summer and years to come.

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South Side Slopes March General Meeting

Committee Updates
Villas at Winter Park (Hackstown Street) – Cipriani Studios
Proposed 18th Street Bike Lane – Kristin Saunders, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
And More!

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