Category Archives: Pedestrian Pittsburgh

Pedestrian Pittsburgh: In The Valley

The West End is sometimes called the West End Valley and sometimes the West End Village, but the names are interchangeable because the neighborhood wouldn’t feel like a village if it weren’t a valley. Following the bend in Wabash Street, … Continue reading

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Pedestrian Pittsburgh: “That Junk Is Mine”

Pittsburgh often feels inevitable. “Nearly all of the city’s important neighborhoods have strong boundaries,” Franklin Toker writes. The rivers and hills and runs mapped out the neighborhoods before any settlers did. Troy Hill is both a prime example of this … Continue reading

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Pedestrian Pittsburgh: Behind Backyards

Because Grand View Scenic Byway Park rings three sides of Mt. Washington, its outer edge is essentially a cliff, or at least a steep slope, falling toward Carson Street on one side and Saw Mill Run Blvd on the other … Continue reading

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Pedestrian Pittsburgh: Highs and Lows

North Winebiddle is the steepest street in the East End, a 22 percent grade from Penn to Hillcrest. To aide pedestrians, a loping staircase runs parallel to the street. Its design is common to Pittsburgh: long flat stretches interrupting an … Continue reading

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Pedestrian Pittsburgh: Magnificent Modesty

Allentown catches your eyes on a map because of a feature normal in most cities, but unique in Pittsburgh: a street grid. The neat square blocks just beyond a bluff overlooking the Mon show no sign of the diagonals or … Continue reading

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Pedestrian Pittsburgh: The Department of Stairs

Stanton Avenue runs along the back of the East End like a zipper up the back of an evening gown (on a woman in repose) hiding some things worth hiding and some things worth seeing. We walked it from end … Continue reading

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Pedestrian Pittsburgh: Historical/Hysterical

The Mexican War Streets are one of the most beloved spots in Pittsburgh — probably in the top five. So when Allison’s friends Lindsay and Marlana visited from Boston a few weeks ago, we decided to take a walk through … Continue reading

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