Fineview (Pittsburgh)

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Coordinates: 40°27′50″N 80°00′11″W / 40.464°N 80.003°W / 40.464; -80.003
CountryUnited States
CountyAllegheny County
 • Total0.25 sq mi (0.6 km2)
 • Total1,285
 • Density5,100/sq mi (2,000/km2)

Fineview is a neighborhood on Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's North Side. It has zip codes of both 15212 and 15214, and has representation on Pittsburgh City Council by the council member for District 6 (North Shore and Downtown neighborhoods) and District 1 (North Central neighborhoods). Fineview was known to older generations as Nunnery Hill. Its modern name derives from the expansive views of downtown Pittsburgh. The most famous of these views is from the Fineview Overlook at the corner of Catoma and Meadville streets.

For older generations, this neighborhood was well known for its locally famous streetcar line (#21 Fineview), and for its incline, known as the Nunnery Hill Incline. This incline was one of two in the city that had a curve in it (the other was the Knoxville Incline on the South Side). The incline started at the present-day intersection of Henderson Street and Federal Street. The curve was located in the area of Henderson Street and Jay Street. The incline ended at the top of the hill, along Meadville Street. The old retaining wall that was built for the incline can still be seen running up the side of Henderson Street. This route ran from 1888 to 1895.

Surrounding neighborhoods[edit]

Fineview has four borders with the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Perry South to the north and west, Central Northside to the southwest, East Allegheny to the south and Spring Hill–City View to the east.

City Steps[edit]

The Fineview neighborhood has 17 distinct flights of city steps - many of which are open and in a safe condition. In Fineview, the Steps of Pittsburgh quickly connect pedestrians to public transportation and provide an easy way to travel through this hilly, populated area. Rising Main Way, located in the eastern side of the neighborhood, is the 4th longest flight of city steps in Pittsburgh (331 steps). The flight is open to the public but has suffered structural damage in places due to erosion of the hillside.[2] Since 1995, the Fineview Citizens Council has sponsored the Fineview Steps Challenge, a 5-mile urban steps and trails challenge throughout the neighborhood.


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  1. ^ a b "PGHSNAP 2010 Raw Census Data by Neighborhood". Pittsburgh Department of City Planning [PGHSNAP Utility]. 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  2. ^ Regan, Bob (2015). Pittsburgh Steps, The Story of the City's Public Stairways. Globe Pequot. ISBN 978-1-4930-1384-5.

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