Category Archives: Ongoing History

Ongoing History: Precaution

A group of kids walked down 39th Street during the morning school rush on Wednesday, one of them swinging a plastic bag. An adult half a block back yelled, “Hey Sean! Don’t rip that bag! If you rip it you … Continue reading

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Ongoing History: Idle Hours

Shortly before the sky opened up on Sunday afternoon, I saw a friend in the fiction stacks at the Carnegie Library. He was scribbling notes in the margins of a sheet of pink paper. “What are you working on?” I … Continue reading

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Ongoing History: Bird Feeding

Toward the end of the afternoon on Saturday, half past four, a hunched over man in a blue windbreaker and a ratty baseball cap carried a white plastic grocery bag to the sitting area at the corner of Fifth and … Continue reading

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Ongoing History: Practice

A young boy — no older than ten and no taller than four feet — sprinted down Orville Way shortly after five o’clock Wednesday afternoon, chasing after a purple hockey ball bouncing over the torn-up asphalt outside his house. He … Continue reading

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Ongoing History: Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving morning, shortly after nine o’clock, a man in a puffy black Steelers coat pinched a cigarette between his stiff fingers and hunched his shoulders as he hopped around in the cold, while a white-bearded hippie in a denim … Continue reading

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Ongoing History: Research

Shortly after three o’clock on Saturday, a woman in her early twenties waited at one of the long tables in the second floor reference room of the library. She wore a beige sweater and blue jeans and a red scarf … Continue reading

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Ongoing History: Bark!

A pit bull outside Donatelli’s barked restlessly for its master late Friday afternoon, as the setting sun sucked the color from the sky and the street lamps clicked on over Liberty Avenue. The dog had a loud, sharp bark that … Continue reading

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Ongoing History: Multi-tasking

First, a brief: A college student walking up S. Negley Ave. around eleven o’clock Monday stopped midway up the hill, pulled out her cell phone and photographed a wild turkey on the other side of the street, in a gravel … Continue reading

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Ongoing History: Baby Harnesses

In the lunch hour on Tuesday, a man in his twenties, wearing a windbreaker and slacks, leaned against a tree in Friendship Park. Occasionally, he would peer around the edge of the tree, down Friendship Avenue, but when he didn’t … Continue reading

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Ongoing History: Elbow Grease

It’s around four o’clock on Sunday, October 30, and an older woman is standing in the middle of Gross Street trying to get the parking sticker off the inside of her car window. “What are you using to do that?” … Continue reading

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Ongoing History: “It’s Coming”

It is one o’clock at Ritter’s Diner on the first Friday night in September and one of the cooks, a man in his fifties, is sitting at the counter, facing the doors, sipping water. “It’s coming,” he says. The place … Continue reading

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Ongoing History: The First Occupy Pittsburgh General Assembly

Shortly after 6:30 p.m. last night, Cassi Schaffer called the first General Assembly of Occupy Pittsburgh to order by making a request for civility. “Please be gentle to each other,” she told the standing room crowd of 400 gathered in … Continue reading

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