City Stairs Renovation on the North Side

October 15, 2020

October 16, 2020

In 2011 I posted about the City Sidewalk Stairs. And again in July 2018

CITY STEPS IN PITTSBURGH.

from July 2018

”Pittsburgh has more public staircases (800+) than any city in the United States. The City’s steps connect communities and provide residents access to transit and other amenities” http://pittsburghpa.gov/

A3335182-92FA-4B9B-B167-F089D90FD769Garfield   The Steps to Ft. Pitt School

Sidewalks can be steps, too.

 

Book by Bob Regan   Photos by Tim Fabian 588B00B2-BDC7-4C68-BE5A-A04539FF0555

 

Pittsburgh topography requires innovation- how to get from the bottom of a hill to the top.  And in 2010 the snow covered stairs students climbed to Ft. Pitt School.

Author Martin Aurand’s book describes the formation of the topography of Pittsburgh’s hills and valleys. The Spectator and the Topographical City examines Pittsburgh’s built environment as it relates to the city’s unique topography. Martin Aurand explores the conditions present in the natural landscape that led to the creation of architectural forms; man’s response to an unruly terrain of hills, hollows, and rivers. From its origins as a frontier fortification to its heyday of industrial expansion; through eras of City Beautiful planning and urban Renaissance to today’s vision of a green sustainable city; Pittsburgh has offered environmental and architectural experiences unlike any other place.”

Duquesne Incline Still in Service

Public transportation still running in the city.

Photographed Tuesday morning from the Duquesne Incline Platform. No one else was there

I’d seen the fog over city as I crossed Liberty Bridge. It had lifted when I arrived after my drive.

I’d gotten the call that my iPad was ready for pick up after being repaired. It’s been there for weeks.  To get it or not was the question.  I paid over the phone and only Shannon was there working as they Tastar Data Systems opened Tuesday morning at 9. I debated whether I should drive over to Library Road or not but decided to have the iPad at home in my possession again. Face timing family and friends.

Sheltering in place makes you appreciate what one took for granted before. Running errands.

 Our three rivers.

Allegheny River and the Monongahela River meet at the Point to form the Ohio River.

Ketchup Soda? And/Or/Nor Dill Pickle Soda?

This morning as I parked on Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Strip District a young woman came out to the sidewalk with the Ketchup Soda sign. Now I was on my way to get a coffee at La Prima Espresso but on the way back to my car I thought I have to see what Ketchup Soda looks like.

and here it is on the shelf at Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop 

Which flavor would you sample to see how it tastes?

I’ll make a return trip to purchase an

 

Model Trains, Vintage Streetcar Were the Favorites

Earlier this week- Heinz History Center and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden.

Laura and Charlie and I enjoyed visiting a couple of Pittsburgh’s highlights while James attended a conference.

We are fortunate there is so much to do in the city.