For most of my life, Pittsburgh has been a city I’ve passed through, a giant wayside on the way to my Grandma’s house in Colver.
This weekend, I had a chance to look around a little, thanks to a whirlwind trip for a beautiful wedding. I have to say the Steel City and the family members we traveled to see are looking fine.
I treated myself to a little photo walk before the festivities began and I loved the cool mix of architecture. Giant steel structures rise up proud and strong next to well-preserved historic landmarks. A perfect example of this is Strawberry Way, which is part of the city’s original 1784 street plan. It includes three cool brick row houses, which hold their own against more imposing structures like the original headquarters of Alcoa, the 20-story Bell Telephone Company, which now houses Verizon, and the Harvard-Yale-Princeton Club.
I found a tiny playground, kept safe with a wrought iron fence and wall of small pine trees, on the edge of a highway entrance ramp and right in the shadow of three towering skyscrapers.
A public art mural of stern Russian Orthodox couple on one building, looks down at Wiener World, housed in another.
A red port authority bus stopped in the middle of the street to let me take a picture of a piece of friendly graffiti I found.
Its history and contrasts make Pittsburgh a fascinating place and I can’t wait to go back.