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Excelente impagenes de pittsburgh, sus puenetes y edificios emblematicos... ers un rinconseo expectacular


this entry is quite beautiful.

James van Maanen

Thanks for these lovely shots. I have only been to Pittsburgh once (around 1980) to help host an art conference at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (wonder if that commercial art school still exists?). The New Yorker's Brendan Gill and cartoonist Lou Meyer (or was it Meyers?) and I think Seymour Chwast were the panelists. I remember being incredibly impressed with the city's architecture (Gill clued me in to how terrific it was). I ate one evening at a good restaurant atop that hill overlooking the three rivers. The whole experience was wonderful and quite a surprise, but the thing I most remember is how beautiful the city seemed to me--especially since I had only heard about how depressing and poor and sad it was. Not true then--and from the looks of these pix and TGR's accompanying copy, not true now!

The Gay Recluse

Thanks, Jim--yes Pittsburgh is incredibly beautiful in spots; what I find remarkable (or not, since it happens all the time) is how similar the landscape is to parts of Eastern Europe where so many of Pittsburgh's first-wave immigrants arrived from (Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, etc), with Andy Warhol being perhaps the best-known example. The hill you refer to is "Mt. Washington," which is where some of the more panoramic shots were taken.

Sue Boyle

I guess I was too young when we left to remember some of these spots. But last time I visited for a friend's birthday we went on the incline! One of my clear memories is YOU wearing your Steelers 'one for the thumb in '81' which you had to modify later to 'none for the thumb...'. Now I'm going to peruse the rest of your site since this is the first page link my mom sent me - your writing is wonderful.

The Gay Recluse

Sue! Thanks, that's awesome...none for the thumb. Hope all is well wherever you are. One of my earliest memories is of you twirling on the swing in the backyard of your house on Greenhurst, so that your dress filled with air and billowed out, which your brother and I thought was about the most hilarious thing ever (of course, we were five!).

Jeff Guard

OMG--I'm totally getting lost inyour blog. GREAT post. Your writing is so hypnotic, the photos make me believe that I have been to Pittsburgh, even though I have not. Wow, I really ache for these majestic cities Pittsburgh, Rochester, Buffalo, Toledo. I do hope they rise with a new era of prosperity and keep all the architectural gems that make them such special places in America.

Rob Wolfsham

Thank you for this post (and the luck you've sent my way), quite lovely photos.

Natty Soltesz

I love that you took a picture of the Wholey "Balcony Cookware" billboard. It's one of my favorite things.

Matthew Gallaway

Thanks, Natty -- I know, I LOL every time I look at it!

Matthew Gallaway

Thanks, Rob -- I often wish I were moving back, too, honestly....

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