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Friday, September 11, 2009

Views of Pittsburgh

We're a little late in posting our trip to Pittsburgh this summer. Actually, it was a side trip on our way home from Milwaukee to visit Jessica and Dave and help them move into their new apartment.

Pittsburgh is the second largest city in the state of Pennsylvania. It is known historically for its steel industry but today its economy is based on healthcare, education, technology, robotics and financial services (according to Wikipdia) with a large number of unique and ethnically distinctive neighborhoods, upscale shopping, restaurants and a vibrant arts scene. The city was bustling as we walked around the downtown but it never felt frenzied as with so many other big cities. We barely scratched the surface and hope to return.

Here's a little photo essay from our visit.

View from the First Presbytrian Church with Tiffany stained glass windows, built in 1903

"Stanley Photoplays" historic movie theatre built in 1928 - the classic sign is preserved on the side of the renovated theatre, now called the Benedum Center

Dedicated to steelworkers who lost their lives working at their mill, a stained glass memorial on display at the USWA International HQ, designed by artist Donna Bogosto Keams, the more than 1500 pieces of glass were cut and soldered by the steelworkers

The Pittsburgh Skyline with a view of the point where three rivers come together - the Allegheny, Monongahela and the Ohio

PPG - Pittsburgh Plate Glass Corporate headquarters building

Liberty Avenue Musicians by artist James Simon, in cast concrete

Mist from the fountain at Three Rivers Park

View of the Funicular or "Incline" - we rode to the top for a spectacular view of downtown Pittsburgh from Mt. Washington

7th Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh

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