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Old Posted Mar 29, 2013, 5:47 PM
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America didnt give a fuck about its history back in the 50s-80s and urban renewal was rampant. Basically all of our cities were destroyed during this time and are just now recovering from the urban renewal from the 30s-80s. Luckily the highways built along the waterfront for the most part in Pittsburgh was just rail yards or industrial areas. Luckily some of this countries most well known urban areas were spared destruction like New Orleans French Quarter which some asshat during the 50s wanted to completely destroy and run a freeway through. Also, Robert Moses wanted to destroy lower Manhattan and run highways all through it. But so much was destroyed. Cities like Houston, Boston, St. Louis, Kansas City, Detroit, etc all had huge historic neighborhoods ruined and torn down by urban renewal and highways built during the mid 1900s.
This is all true, but it's also worth mentioning that as hard as it is to believe now, when those highways were being built, the waterfront was not considered desirable real estate. Cities grow up on the water because of its industrial uses, not because it's pretty -- so in the '50s, people thought of the waterfront as an industrial area they wanted to stay away from. That's why not only do you have highways being built, you have New York putting up housing projects along the East River.

This situation wasn't unique to the United States, either. One of Barcelona's big goals in hosting the 1992 Olympics was to "turn the city around to face the sea," the idea being that prior to that, the Mediterranean (yes, the Mediterranean!) had been considered something to avoid instead of the city's obvious showpiece. Today you have New York trying something similar, with loads of development and park construction along the Hudson River.
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Old Posted Mar 29, 2013, 6:27 PM
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Hmmm that's weird never thought of it that way.
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Old Posted Mar 29, 2013, 10:30 PM
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Great collection, Lith. Really captured Pittsburgh's winter gloom.

This is my favorite:

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Great stuff pL, look forward to more. btw, welcome to the east coast.
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Great photos! You definitely have talent.
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I Love character cities like Pittsburgh!.Sure beats green and blue glass.

Nice pics.

Thanks for sharing.

Now that the niceties are done..Crosby and his whiny face can fuck off
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Old architecture always beats new.
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Old Posted Mar 31, 2013, 3:36 AM
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Old architecture always beats new.
I like a healthy mix of architecture from every different time period possible. Pittsburgh needs more newer buildings.
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really great. i can't quite put my finger on it, but pittsburgh's take on the whole "industrial era north american city" is kind of fascinating. it's like a sort of southwest montreal, or maybe a chicago, that has begun melting into the hills. it has this natural reclamation thing that seems close to the surface. great pictures.
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I got stuck on the first pic for a good 10 minutes just letting my mind wander. The execution is so perfect. Love the surrealistic vibe. And then came the rest of the set.... just my love for this place continues to grow
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What a crazy cool city. Pittsburgh every once in a while at night reminds me of Hong Kong with the way the buildings are lit up and the hills surrounding the city.
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Anyone here play Fallout 3? The Pitt expansion? This is exactly the view you encounter when first traveling to The Pitt. Minus the Canadians.
Actually, the view from the Fallout 3 expansion is from here, on the southern side of the 10th Street Bridge on the other side of the little triangle-shaped peninsula that Downtown Pittsburgh sits upon. You'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise, there are a lot of bridges that color in Pittsburgh!
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There should be a mass migration of sspers to pittsburgh. It's an amazing city.
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That photo of the photographer standing at the top of the stairs almost gave me vertigo! What an interesting city to have places like that to wonder and explore.
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I like a healthy mix of architecture from every different time period possible. Pittsburgh needs more newer buildings.
I totally agree!
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Old Posted Apr 15, 2013, 5:07 AM
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Pittsburgh is what happens when you mix Appalachia with big city urbanism. I like how some of the isolated neighborhoods look like small towns and because of all the hills you can't see other neighborhoods or the skyline until you are almost right on top of it. It seems like a great place for people who a places that mixes rural with urban.
That is very true! As I tend to get older I will be 32 that is kind the blend I like and what many around here like also. The scenery and countryside of western PA is wonderful. But again the super urban areas with mass transit and extreme density are right there too. Some of the neighborhoods in Pittsburgh feel like small towns surrounded by hills that could be several hours from a big city. The dichotomy is unreal. There was a book written that I have that is called Pittsburgh "The Paris of Appalachia."
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