Bon Air (Pittsburgh)
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|Neighborhood of Pittsburgh|
|• Total||0.313 sq mi (0.81 km2)|
|• Density||2,600/sq mi (1,000/km2)|
|ZIP Code||15226, 15210|
Bon Air is a neighborhood in the south portion of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Its two zip codes are 15226 and 15210, and it is represented in the Pittsburgh City Council by the council member for District 4 (South Neighborhoods).
Bon Air is small in geographic size compared to the other communities in District 4, but its reputation, "Country living in the City" is well deserved by its terrain. Bon Air is on a mountaintop, surrounded almost entirely by steep forested mountainsides. Road access to Bon Air is limited by only two connecting streets to the Knoxville neighborhood to the east. North of Bon Air is McKinley Park, with a 1200 foot drop down to Bausman Avenue, to the west another drop down to Route 51. South is a precipitous drop down to a low forested valley and east a drop down into a large cemetery. One of the most isolated neighborhoods of the City of Pittsburgh, it still is only minutes away from Downtown and Oakland by public transportation and affords its residents the benefits of residing in a leafy "suburban" setting as well as the benefits of all that city life provides. Bon Air is well-served by its own "T" (light-rail) stop from which residents can be in Downtown Pittsburgh in mere minutes and is also the terminus of the 54 Bus that travels directly to the Oakland neighborhood.
The neighborhood is a balanced mix of families, single persons, and senior citizens. There is no commercial zoning on the Bon Air mountaintop, all the residences are single family homes, usually with superb views. A small parklet on the mountaintop is excellent for young children.
Bon Air is geographically bordered by the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Beltzhoover to the north, Knoxville and Carrick to the east, and Brookline to the south and west. A small portion of the neighborhood also shares a border with Mount Washington, and Beechview. With the exception of two streets that connect Bon Air to Knoxville, there is no direct road or trail connection between the Bon Air mountaintop and any of the aforementioned neighborhoods.
- Toker, Franklin (1994) . Pittsburgh: An Urban Portrait. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. ISBN 0-8229-5434-6.