What is Pittsburgh’s cultural scene like?

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For a city with a modest-sized population, Pittsburgh’s cultural scene will certainly take you by surprise. The city’s East End is considered ground zero for all things artistic, and it’s there that you’ll find the Penn Avenue Arts District, complete with art galleries and studios, hip cafés, live music venues, and outdoor murals. Lawrenceville, meanwhile, is the Pittsburgh neighborhood that most recently experienced a cultural transformation. The 16:62 Design Zone, which runs along Penn Avenue and Butler Street from 16th Street to the 62nd Street Bridge, is packed with creative offerings, from quirky boutiques and tattoo parlors to antique shops and art galleries. Pittsburgh also has an active literary community, above-average theatre and dance scenes, scores of top-notch museums, and a downtown Cultural District where Broadway-quality entertainment can be found every day of the week.

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