Regent Square is a popular neighborhood in the East End of Pittsburgh with a wide variety of homes, a bustling business district along Braddock Avenue, and no easily defined borders. The area sometimes includes parts of Frick Park, the city, Swissvale, Edgewood and Wilkinsburg, depending on who’s doing the defining. It’s a good place to get a cup of coffee, have your shirts laundered, stop in the bakery called Sweetie Sweetie, have a hot dog and some exotic beers at D’s Six Pack and Dogs, catch a foreign film, buy some artwork, and do a thousand other things. Have breakfast at the Square Café.
We took two cameras and two crews to Regent Square on August 28, 2004, to cover the local footrace known as the Run Around The Square. It’s organized and coordinated completely by volunteers, and it’s really two races: a short mile and a half “fun run” for kids and pets, and a more serious 5K race that follows a course through the neighborhood streets then into Frick Park. We put one camera crew at the start, and put the other near the most distant corner of the Square where they could see all the runners in mid-course.
Then both crews and all of the serious runners (and most of the kids and dogs too) end up at the bottom of Fern Hollow where there are free finish refreshments (bananas, beers and more), lots of trophies and recognitions. We did most of our interviews there with the swift, smiling, sweaty survivors.
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Some basics about the residential/commercial nature of Regent Square.
And there’s a wonderful coffee shop on Braddock Avenue, a great place to start the day.
And if you want to know more about the Run Around the Square (RATS?).
There’s also a perfect little neighborhood movie house run by Pittsburgh Filmmakers.
The City claims Regent Square as one of its neighborhoods too.
And there’s a Strategic Improvement Study for the neighborhood too.