Roaming Aimlessly Through The Streets Of Pittsburgh. Unaware Of The Tragedy That Awaited This City.
After my long ride to Pittsburgh on Friday , I settled into my hotel, and was soon off exploring the Steel City. It was a cool and overcast day as I walked beneath the towering building near my hotel. I followed Ross Street down to Forbes Avenue, and made my way to the campus of Duquesne Law School.
My niece Cassidy is a student here and it was my first visit to the campus. In fact it was my first real visit to this city. I had a few hour layover here twenty years ago on a trip to Los Angeles. I had a nice conversation with my niece outside the library of the law school. I than continued my walk through the campus.
I than made my way back into the hustle and bustle of the city. I soon learned it is nowhere near as large or congested as my favorite Pennsylvania city, Philadelphia, but like all big cities it had traffic, large buildings and a lot to explore.
And it was after 3 p.m. and there the added usual rush hour traffic. I was told by the receptionist at my hotel to walk Fifth Avenue to Market Square of the city. On my way I caught sight of this old bridge and I had to check it out. . When I travel and roam the streets of a city I am easily distracted by new or different sights.
On the other side I found a shopping center in an old train station. I also spotted a sign for the Monogahela Incline . Once again I had to explore. I soon learned the incline was unattended and I had to figure out how to obtain the right fare card and ride the vacant car up the incline.
I reached the summit and took in the views of the city and river below. It is apparent from up here where the city got its other nickname, The City of Bridges. They are everywhere, spanning the “three rivers” that merge at the city, the Allegheny, the Monogahela and the Ohio. I learned there are more bridges here than in Venice. Here is a link to some more photographs from my walk to the incline. Pittsburgh city walk part one October 26 2018
The attendant at the top of the incline strongly encouraged me to walk to a second incline. He said it was a short 10 minute walk. So I walked along Grandview Avenue which lived up to its name. The views of the city were spectacular even on this cloudy and cool day.
I enjoyed the walk but it took more than 10 minutes. The Duquesne Incline was almost a mile from the Monogahela Incline, which meant I had another mile to walk back. And I had dinner reservations early evening so I knew I had to walk fast.
The only way to cross the Monogahela River and return to the downtown was to cross the Interstate 376 bridge. Thankfully there was a narrow pedestrian walk along the highway. It wasn’t the most pleasant walk but it got me across the river.
I walked back along Fifth Avenue and just about made it to my hotel when the rain started. I was now around 5 p.m. so I quickly showered and meet my niece for a nice dinner at the Carlton Restaurant near my hotel.
We had a pleasant conversation about law school and life in Pittsburgh. Little did we know how that life would change for some of the cities resident with the tragic killing of the 11 members of the Tree of Life Synagogue the next morning. I still cannot comprehend how such hate can exist in such a beautiful world. More about that in another blog post. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. City walk part two October 26 2018.