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Pittsburgh: Tales of the Topographic City

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relax... and keep your eyes open... for you are now a spectator of the Topographical City

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The view from my apartment... the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning looms over Oakland

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St. Paul's Cathedral

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Duquesne University in the foreground... University of Pittsburgh in the distance... Oak Hill in the middle

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South Side with Squirrel Hill / Greenfield in background

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PNC's FirstSide... completed in 2001... LEED-certified green building

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Grant Building... 1928 vintage

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The Try St. Terminal (bottom center) has just been converted to student apartments for the Art Institute of Pittsburgh

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The intricate detail at the top of the Park Building (foreground)... built in 1896, it is Pittsburgh's oldest existing skyscraper... it unfortunately suffered serious defacement during the mid-20th century

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151 FirstSide is nearing completion... it is an 18-story condo tower... the beginnings of a wave of new residential downtown

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The Mt. Washington overlooks were refurbished last year

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South Side Slopes... the overhead apparatus of the Allentown trolly line is visible bottom right

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the historic Mon Wharf

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looking towards the redeveloped areas of the Lower Hill District

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the Monongahela Incline descending into the lush vegetation

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the prominent church no longer beckons the faithful... but serves as luxury condos with breathtaking views of the cityscape

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Gateway Center... early 50s office complex

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i love these old buildings

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a few more old gems

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Duquesne University

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city of bridges... Allegheny River

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North Side and PNC Park

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Heinz Field, Community College of Allegheny County and North Side neighborhoods

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Allegheny General Hospital and a bunch of ugly 1960s apartment buildings

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looking towards the Strip District and Lawrenceville in the distance... the huge brick complex in the foreground is the long-vacant Armstrong Cork Factory... just converted into 295 apartments... in the background the new Children's Hospital is under construction and designed for LEED "green" certification

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the old Heinz Factory is now 265 apartments

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close-up of PNC Park and some of the new development on the North Shore

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mid-rise mania

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Duquesne Incline

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Ft. Pitt Bridge crossing the Monongahela

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awesome

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Troy Hill on the right... Spring Hill on the left... and Spring Garden in the narrow valley in between

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the Ohio River

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Strip District, Polish Hill, Bloomfield, Garfield, etc.

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Duquesne Heights

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the confluence

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Convention Center... largest LEED-certified green building in the world... University of Pitt in background... the Goodyear's (lower right) days are numbered... as a "green" neighborhood of 700 residential units in multiple towers will begin construction on that site later this year

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this city is awesome

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Manchester... spot the infill?

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Monongahela bridges

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a rather steep backyard

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I thought this view would be better... from Round Top in Crafton Heights

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a Burnham original... former rail offices... now apartments... though Amtrak still stops there... the soon-to-be-demolished Mellon Arena behind it

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The Oliver Building (center) is one of my favorites

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the Renaissance Hotel in middle

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how many other American cities offer you views like this? (rhetorical)

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so rich in texture

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running out of light

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Come to the Pittsburgh Forum Meet on May 12th

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Farewell from "America's Most Livable City"*

*according to Places Rated Almanac

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Excellent batch of photographs! What is your opinion on the downtown/city housing situation? With the population of Pittsburgh on the decline since the 1970s, do you think that the recent infill and downtown development projects will add a substantial amount? I spotted numerous infill in the images, plus a new 18-story condo, and the mention of the 700-unit condo to be built soon. :thumbsup:

This building, though, is ... interesting to say the least. I won't say it is ugly, but a transition at the top would have been nice.

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Great pictures...does any other city truly match the topography of Pittsburgh, or even come close. I know several cities out west have huge mountains nearby, but the cities aren't really built into them like a lot of Pittsbugh is. It's also good to see the infill going in and some new downtown housing, condos, and apartments.

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I would say Charleston, West Virginia would come close. It has a lot of steep topography surrounding the city, and the terrain made constructing the interstate highway system extremely expensive -- although it is still quite innovative and fun to drive through. Houses stack up on the hills, density is in the inner-city, and the scale of it all is quite grand.

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I would say Charleston, West Virginia would come close. It has a lot of steep topography surrounding the city, and the terrain made constructing the interstate highway system extremely expensive -- although it is still quite innovative and fun to drive through. Houses stack up on the hills, density is in the inner-city, and the scale of it all is quite grand.

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Excellent pics! Some of those nearby neighorhoods must have views that are just incredible!

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Thanks for taking me on a quick trip to Pittsburgh

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The confluence picture comes out to form the letter Y, I thought that was neat. Pittsburgh_WEO_Night_1.jpg

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:) Pgh is my favorite city. My son and wife/kids live in greensburg. It is a huge place. went there for business many times.

it is the safest city/metro for its size. keep the pictures coming, they are great pictures.

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