Paint the Town: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Shadyside summers are bustling with life and bursting with color — just two of the many reasons the neighborhood is a focal point of Pittsburgh. When the pink and purple blossoms fall from the trees and green leaves replace the palette, new forms of colors spring to life. 

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, located right on 5th Avenue, features local artists who breathe energy into the space and the community year-round.

Starring 13 Pittsburgh-based artists, the current exhibition is brimming with vivid colors and unique forms, making summer in Shadyside all the more vibrant. Below are just a few of the works on display and a taste of the local talent that enlivens the walls. This exhibition lasts until July 23rd, but you can always expect something special to fill the space.

Beyond the inspiring galleries, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts offers in-depth classes and Summer Art Camps starting June 12th, for kids ages 4-12. If you’d like to know more about all that Pittsburgh Center for the Arts has to offer, visit

Ready to explore Shadyside and paint the town colorful? 

In Memoriam: John Boering

In Memoriam: John Boering

It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we inform you of the sudden passing on Thursday, May 11th, of John Boering, our maintenance person.

John has been an employee of Franklin West, Inc. for 40 years. He was devoted to this company, and took much pride in the service he provided to our residents. John was a truly great human being, friend, mentor, and colleague to many of us. He always went above and beyond to help anyone in need.

We will all miss John terribly, but his legacy will live on in our continued passion and efforts to provide our residents with the service that sets us apart from the others. That service is what John has taught to every maintenance person hired over these past 40 years.

John’s obituary will be in the newspaper later this week. A memorial service will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 11:00AM. A luncheon will follow at our office.

Thank you.


Holly Rubinoff
Property Manager

Franklin West, Inc.

Let’s Rock the Vote, Shadyside!

This Tuesday, May 16, 2017, is primary election day in Pittsburgh! Two former Franklin West residents are running for local office.

Dan Gilman is running for City Council, and was once a resident in one of our apartments on Walnut. Matt Wholey is running for District Magistrate, and was once a resident one of our apartments on Howe.

Former Franklin West residents Dan Gilman and Matt Wholey.

Here is the Voter’s Guide prepared by the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh (LWVGP). (Please note that this guide does not include information about district magistrate races.)

Along with all candidates for public office, we support their commitment and desire to serve the needs of their communities. Let’s get out there and rock the vote, Shadyside!

Pittsburgh Marathon to Run Through Shadyside

Runners, take your marks! The annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon is here once again, and this year’s race weekend is sure to be exciting.

On the morning of Sunday, May 7th, more than 20,000 of Pittsburgh’s most passionate athletes will be lining up to traverse 13 neighborhoods and race by PNC Park, Heinz Field and PPG Paints Arena. For all you enthusiastic supporters in the crowd, the day will also be packed with neighborhood festivals, 40 live bands, and more to enjoy.

Cheering in Shadyside? We’ve got the deets for the bands you’ll be near on race day! Hourglass will be playing at the corner of 5th and Shady — within 1 block of many of our Shady, Fifth Avenue, and Denniston Avenue apartments.

The band Sunburst Rocks will be playing at the corner of Fifth Avenue and South Highland, just outside of our 5945 5th Avenue apartment.

The marathon course itself goes through passes many Franklin West buildings. Specifically, 5945 Fifth Avenue, 6315 Fifth Avenue, 516 S. Highland, 509 S. Highland, and 6007-6009 Walnut. See the full course map here!

Pictured above: Runners will pass Franklin West’s 5945 Fifth Avenue and 6007 Walnut Street apartments, among others.

We’ll see you on the course, Shadyside — come out, cheer on the runners, and enjoy celebrating Pittsburgh runners’ joyful dedication!