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Mission Street, Pittsburgh

photo of narrow street with church
photo of narrow street with church

Mission Street, Pittsburgh

The rain stopped and the sun came out. Narrow and curving, clinging to the side of a steep hill, and dominated by a church with a dome, that’s Pittsburgh.


Extreme Downhill, 2010

Mt. Washington Downhill
Mt. Washington Downhill

Mt. Washington Downhill

This street goes down and down and down and curves and bends and why would anyone build a street like this?! After the stop where you see the car’s taillights, the street curves and keeps going down and down and down.

It may have begun as a cow path from the pasture to the home up on the top of Mt. Washington—before the turn of the last century, many people kept livestock in their yards, and cows were regularly put out to pasture for the day in the closest field.

It may also have been a footpath since it goes straight down the hill, unlike a horse trail which would have curved around the hill or had switchbacks. Most horses would have some trouble negotiating a path this steep, and with a cart it would have been impossible.

Streets like this make Pittsburghers pretty fearless drivers.


Cultural at Night

photo of city at night

Cultural at Night

A lovely spring night in downtown Pittsburgh as the pear trees in the Cultural District bloom and petals swirl in the evening breeze and drift along the sidewalk, lights flicker and people walk around without coats. Waiting for the bus is easy with this much to look at.


Extreme Downhill

Mt. Washington Downhill

Mt. Washington Downhill

This street goes down and down and down and curves and bends and why would anyone build a street like this?!After the stop where you see the car’s taillights, the street curves and keeps going down and down and down.

It may have begun as a cow path from the pasture to the home up on the top of Mt. Washington—before the turn of the last century, many people kept livestock in their yards, and cows were regularly put out to pasture for the day in the closest field.

It may also have been a footpath since it goes straight down the hill, unlike a horse trail which would have curved around the hill or had switchbacks. Most horses would have some trouble negotiating a path this steep, and with a cart it would have been impossible.

Streets like this make Pittsburghers pretty fearless drivers.