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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Pittsburgh; jewel of the Rust Belt

Hey, Pittsburgh is a really beautiful city. John Morris has this link up at Digging Pitt. The quote from the top of the page:

Brendan Gill, architecture writer for The New Yorker, 1990: "The three most beautiful cities in the world are Paris; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Pittsburgh. If Pittsburgh were situated somewhere in the heart of Europe, tourists would eagerly journey hundreds of miles out of their way to visit it."

Followed by a wealth of great pictures showing off the hills of Pittsburgh. Check it out.


Lisa Hunter said...

Hmm -- it looks amazingly like Montreal. Cities on rivers...

Susan Constanse said...

Hey! I just looked at images on google of Montreal. There are a lot of similarities.
I lived in Portland, OR, for a long time. The Willamette ran right through the center of the city. There were a lot of differences, though. Portland streets adhere to a rigid grid, there aren't any alleys and the streets are generally wider.

Lisa Hunter said...

Oh for a rigid grid of streets. Being an uptown girl from New York, I'm used to the concept known as "circling the block." Try that in Montreal and you can end up in Russia.

Susan Constanse said...

I grew up in Pittsburgh and felt really uncomfortable with the grid system of streets when I lived in Portland.
In Pittsburgh, you can't get there from here is a pretty popular sentiment.