Cities are made up of a collection of neighborhoods with unique features and characteristics. On the first Tuesday of the month, business contributor Rebecca Harris will focus on one of the city’s neighborhoods. Today's focus is on the Mexican War Streets.
Broadly speaking, Harris explains, the North Side consists of 18 different neighborhoods. The district that makes up the Mexican War Streets was laid out in the middle of the 19th century by Alexander Hays, who named the streets after famous figures and battles in the Mexican-American war. The area now holds city and federal designations as a historic district.
Today’s Mexican War Streets district doesn’t really have any central business district; businesses are more spread out instead. Some highlights are the Inn on the Mexican War Streets and the Allegheny City Market, which has been a corner grocery store since 1825.
Some of the organizations committed to the area’s prospects include City of Asylum and the Mexican War Streets Society, and some of the area’s famed restaurants are the Monterey Pub, Wilson’s Bar-B-Q, Fabled Table and the Allegheny Tavern. Also in the Mexican War Streets is Randyland, a whimsical property created by resident Randy Gilson.