Unique Streets Walked: 34
Miles Walked: 2.76
Street Names: 44th, 43rd 1/2, 44th, Willow, 40th, Foster, Almond, Eden, 41st, Butler, 43rd, Pleasant, Summit, Davison, Service, Sherrod, 45th, Bancroft, Winesap, Carlton, Werneberg, Lawrence, 46th, Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Home, Antwerp, Lycurgue, Cotton, Plummer, Modoc, Hatfield, Locarna
Today I decided to take a small sampling of Lawrenceville. I started on 44th Street and crossed the tracks to visit a friend at the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC.) While I didn’t this time, I have been inside. When you enter, you have to sign a form that says you will not take any pictures while inside. So, I wouldn’t have anything to show you even if I had gone in today.
After a chat, I wandered up to Butler Street for lunch. My tummy started talking as soon as I saw Condado Tacos and I went in. I sat at the bar and got a Jarritos Mango. They give you a check list that allows you to design your own taco. For me, mas picante, por favor!
Left: Soft taco with BBQ Jackfruit, Jicama Slaw, Queso Fresco, Salsa Roja, y Condado Secret Taco Sauce.
Right: Fiery Hard Taco, Ghost Pepper Marinated Steak, Pickled Red Onions, y Queso Fresco.
I decided that after tacos, I needed some hills so I went up. Today was one of those weird weather days where at the beginning of my walk, I thought I should maybe bring my gloves. Near the end, I wished I didn’t even have my jacket. The sun was out and I was sweating.
I saw a headless goose (why is it always geese?) and a neat blue door with a fox on it.
I came by Holy Family Church with an attached school and realized it must be closed because there were almost no cars in the lot. Yep, definitely closed:
I walked up Service Way and got mad at myself for picking such a long street that made me miss others on both sides. Then I spotted this:
Initially I thought that maybe someone was in it, ready to scare me (I think I’ve seen too many internet prank videos.) But it was just a sad overstuffed animal.
I came down 46th Street with St. Mary Catholic Cemetery over the wall to my right. Allegheny Cemetery is just past St. Mary’s. I saw a group of streets that didn’t fit into the grid pattern of the rest of Lawrenceville and went to inspect. These streets had luxury condos for rent and fences around the perimeter. Say what you will about the rising costs of housing in Lawrenceville (and people do say a lot) but my gripe is with their lack of concern that their street signs don’t match the rest of the city!
I’m still not really sure if these were official streets because they are too new to appear on my paper map. The official Pittsburgh Department of Public Works pdf map that I have saved doesn’t show them either. Only Google knows that they exist.
I was also miffed when I had to (probably illegally) shimmy through the fence surrounding the homes to get back into Lawrenceville proper.
I was saddened by the changing tone of this city but as I was walking down Carlton, two things reassured me that the spirit of Pittsburgh will never die.
A PITTSBURGH PARKING CHAIR SPOTTED IN THE WILD
And a mural dedicated to Mr. Pittsburgh himself, Rick Sebak.
I got back down to Butler Street and saw La Gourmandine. I’ve tried to go in this French bakery a few times on weekends and couldn’t because of a line out the door. I went in and marveled at the delicacies. I left with two baguettes and an Éclair
I was able to get a few more strangely-named streets in before I got back to my car. There is much more Lawrenceville to explore but it will have to wait for another day.