Unique Streets Walked: 27
Miles Walked: 2.92
Street Names: Amabell, Athlone, Basil, Beam, Bigham, Cohassett, Fetterman, Gilmartin, Grandview, Hallock, LaBelle, Meridan, Olympia, Oneida, Pawn, Pawnee, Piado, Piermont, Plymouth, Pomona, Ponka, Redoak, Rohm, Sewer, Sioux, Virginia, West Sycamore
I found myself on a cold sunny day in the Mount Washington neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Mount Washington is across the Monongahela River from Downtown Pittsburgh and sits on a high bluff overlooking the city. The views from the overlooks on the edge are panoramic and have no rival. Many tourists visit the inclines that traverse the steep bluff. These inclines used to transport mill workers from the steel plants on the river to their homes on the hill.
Grandview Avenue in Mount Washington is by far the most famous street in this neighborhood. In addition to the inclines, it is home to many high-rise apartment buildings and restaurants that boast fantastic vistas. If you have an anniversary to celebrate, you’ll probably go to Mount Washington.
Other than these few pieces of information about the place, I was clueless. I knew there was a residential area but had never been. That changed today. The first thing I noticed was that the blocks were abnormally long. The blocks that ran North to South were about a normal block’s length. On a normal day, I wouldn’t mind so much but on this day IT WAS COLD. Supposedly it was 20 degrees when I walked but the real feel was 5. Couple this temperature with a biting wind from the Southwest and I despised walking that way. On Sewer Way (what a name, right?), a literal tear poured down my face. I wiped it away before it could freeze.
Everyone’s garbage was out and blowing all over the place. I saw amazon boxes, a box for a spice space saver, an old stroller, countless boxes of wine, and a case of Labatt Blue. Many people still had their Christmas decorations up, inside and out. A few houses had pools and nearly every house had a deck off the yard. In this neighborhood, the higher the house, the better the view.
Newer houses popped up between century-old ones. On Olympia Street, nearly every house on one side of the block was made from the same blueprint. All of the houses boasted a double lot except for one. Initially, I thought that some owner must have sold their side yard and someone built another house there. I searched for the house on the Allegheny County Property Assessment website and it didn’t exist! I drilled down further and did a parcel search to discover that the house was listed without a house number.