There's definitely a crunchy underbelly ... I don't think you have to look too hard. However city itself or north hills MIGHT be more where you will find such things... but this is anectdotal feel, not based on anything scientific.
I am in the north hills now, we are planning to move next summer, hope we will not have too much trouble selling our house. I grew up in the south hills. I am not exactly sure we will move to. Still in Pgh but a better kid neighborhood - ours is NOT. FWIW West Mifflin has some great sized affordable houses - I can't speak to what the schools are currently but they used to be decent. It's not the BEST commute for my husband's work but it is on the radar, as we are going to need a 4 bedroom house, and WM is a good place to find an affordable 4 bedroom.
I moved back to Pittsburgh after 5 years in California so obviously I think it's a great city - but I do not care for the North Hills. Prior to moving away I never realized how different the different parts of the city are!
DS T 11/16/03 DDs K & E 3/28/08
nak DS S 4/1/11