Imagine having a little free lending library in your front yard, the one below is in front of the Animal Nature pet supply store, both in Regent Square, in Pittsburgh. Stock it with books, encourage others to borrow one and return it when they’re done, just like a regular lending library but no library cards and all built on trust. Find a steward and purchase one of the little shelters, then add books. Read more at Little Free Library.
Families chase each other through the dancing waters of the fountain in PPG Place in downtown Pittsburgh on a hot night in the city. Changing colored lights illuminate the obelisk in the center as the water jets put on a show of their own.
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The angle is a little odd, taken through the side window of my car, trying to reach above the guard rail of the bridge I was on, but each time I drive up the McArdle Roadway I see the domes of St. John the Baptist standing golden in front of Pittsburgh’s handful of skyscrapers with that big sky above, and it’s so…Pittsburgh. Perhaps just this little bit is enough.
The other way is all uphill too.
Like many hilly cities, Pittsburgh is full of municipal steps that were established decades, even a century, ago when most people walked. These steps are quite a production, and despite their precipitous nature they are somewhat safer than trying to walk along the street. I’d been trying to find a place to stop to be able to photograph them at a slightly better angle. I’m photographing through my windshield, and the railroad line that runs past Edwards Way is right over my head where I am on the street in this photo. The street obviously takes a sharp curve to the left, and there is always someone right behind me. But parking is at a premium in this tightly populated place; even on Edwards where it appears there is only one car, it is illegally parked. So I got the best I could with one hand while only slowing down a bit while driving.
Yesterday’s view of Gomer Street was on the South Side Slopes in Pittsburgh. This is the last street on the South Side Flats and it faces the first thrust of the hill that’s called Mt. Washington, a steep and in some places nearly vertical natural high wall cliff above the Monongahela River.
Here a long and narrow street houses two- and three-story row houses off into the distance customized over the decades, looking straight into a tree-covered hill. At the top of that hill, at about roof level of these houses, is a single railroad line frequently carrying freight cars.
I liked the feel of it in black and white, a lot of contrasting detail. And the houses and the telephone pole really are leaning backward just a little bit.
Nicely restored and kept, on Pittsburgh’s South Side.
Where your sidewalk is a long set of steps.
Someone let me loose on a lovely sunny warm spring day in Pittsburgh with my camera. I really just wandered one area, Mt. Washington, from where you can see to the end of the world. i will actually use a number of these for a design project I’m working on. I couldn’t get a good photo of the point so above is one from last year on just about exactly this date. Below is a “tiled mosaic” of some of the photos I took today.
What’s this medieval-looking fortress in the midst of modern buildings?
It’s the Allegheny County Jail in downtown Pittsburgh. What else does one do when sitting in traffic on a perfectly clear sunny day?
It’s an interesting contrast, especially seen from behind when it actually is a wall that makes it look like a fortress.
Oh, no, there’s a dinosaur outside the museum!
Really, there is. It’s the dinosaur named for Andrew Carnegie after a nearly-complete skeleton was discovered and transported back to Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh in an expedition he had financed; this statue was placed in front of the museum to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its discovery. Read more about the dinosaur and the expedition, and how this statue came to be.
It’s snowing and I’m not going to First Night, but I thought I’d post two of the photos I took of Pittsburgh, viewed from Mt. Washington, taken on New Year’s Eve a few years ago.
I don’t know why it’s always captivated me, but Pittsburgh at night, the modest buildings lit just right, bridges decorated with lights, all reflected on one river or another, has always been one of my favorite scenes. I took this series of photos and created a panorama on Monday night about 9:15, so many of the office buildings weren’t as well lit as they would have been earlier in the evening, but I never pass up a chance to stop on Mt. Washington to photograph the city.
This view is of “First Side”, along the Monongahela River right before it reaches the point; off to the right a little past center is the Smithfield Street Bridge, then in the darkness over the river is one bridge after another—Panhandle, Liberty, 10th Street, Birmingham, Hot Metal, then the bend where J&L Steel used to fire the night sky with an orange glow.
But even before that bend in the river, this little cluster of buildings coming to a point where a great river is born is all of downtown Pittsburgh.
It’s an interesting contrast in the fifties-era look of the street corner contrasted with the young guy talking on a cell phone, all on a winter morning so frosty that a winter morning haze developed.
I love that tangle of wires, too. It’s on Pittsburgh’s North Side.