Unique Streets: 27
Miles Walked: 3.02
Street Names: Brighton, Parviss, Benton, Goe, No Name 1, Atkins, Wapello, W. Point, Harvard, Hilliard, Cornell, Lois, No Name 2, Aquatic, Wickshire, Purdue, Pemberton, Stanford, Campus, Diploma, Acacia, Simen, Corona, Etola, Gerber, No Name 3, Viruth
I decided to walk in Brighton Heights two days in a row. This time, I started up the hill a bit on Brighton Road. I started walking up and quickly found a dead end street called W. Point Avenue. I looked on Google Maps and surmised that there might be a paper street at the end of it.
Like most “streets” of this kind, it started as an old asphalt pathway into the woods. I went down and quickly realized that if it did used to be a street, something or someone worked very hard to make it not so. The only beings that appeared to have used this “path” in the last few years were deer and they left their droppings all over it. The way to go quickly turned into a steep forest floor littered with fallen tree branches and piles of leaves.
Huffing and puffing I made my way up the hill only to realize at the top that the only way out of the woods was through someone’s backyard. OOOOOPS! I’d already invested so much sweat equity into this bad decision that I wasn’t going back. I walked quickly to Harvard circle and hoped no one saw me.
Later I looked at this area on the 1923 G. M. Hopkins map and saw that W. Point did used to extend further but never connected to Harvard Circle.
In the above comparison you can also see that Harvard circle used to boast a City Playground. Now it’s just a densely forested parklet.
I walked down more streets with a collegiate theme and made my way across to Corona where houses perched precariously above Brighton Road. While most houses were modest, a few stood out on Etola and Gerber.
I walked back towards my car and through the Vietnam War Memorial Park. Looks like it used to be the World War Memorial Park.
I could now see my car but couldn’t pass up walking down one more street. I took a left on Benton Road and walked down an alley next to Pittsburgh Fish and Chicken. It was literally mud.
I don’t think it was ever paved and I certainly didn’t see any street signs. Still, there were garages on it. This was the third No Name street I encountered on this walk. Someone needs to get to work naming them! And I need to clean my shoes!