|Unique Streets Walked: 23
|Miles Walked: 2.92
|Street Names: Wenzell, Tole, Bellingham, Durham, Autumnwood, Dodds, Hayson, Strachan, Hillside, Crosby, LaSalle, Ordinance, Potomac, Banksville Road, Banksville Avenue, Jessie, Carnahan, Younger, Anise, Tippet, Mause, Roseanne, Maydell, Chappel, Denlin
I wanted to get some hills in today so I went to Banksville. Banskville is a hilly neighborhood and is bordered by Beechview, Ridgemont, Green Tree, Dormont, and Mt. Lebanon. Little Saw Mill Run flows along and underneath much of Banksville Road although you would never know if you’re not a pedestrian.
I ended up not doing as much as I planned because I ran out of time but I was happy to explore an area many Pittsburghers drive by without noticing. I parked at the Rite Aid on the corner of Banksville and Wenzell. The first thing I noticed were these spite bollards. They certainly aren’t protecting a parking space. It is to prevent cars from careening down Wenzell and into Rite Aid?
I stayed off of Banksville for the time being and walked some of the streets that run parallel to it. I walked down Dodds even though signs told me it was a Dead End because I could see a sign for an intersecting street about a half a block down. I got to the sign and realized that there were actually two signs marking a grassy/muddy hill as Hayson Avenue.
Here is a picture of the “street.”
I need to backtrack to yesterday. After my walk in Bloomfield, I went to Dick’s Sporting Goods for some new shoes and a kettlebell. I saw these beauties and didn’t think twice about purchasing them. They are perfect for walking Steel City Streets.
Back to today. I see the above hill and thought for about two seconds about how I was wearing brand new shoes and did I really want to get them muddy? I couldn’t resist walking an unpaved street and ascended the hill. Gotta break new shoes in somehow, right? Luckily, the mud was still a bit frozen and I didn’t get much on my shoes.
I came up Hillside and found myself in Dormont. I’d already walked Crosby Avenue in Beechview and this section served as the city border. Looking at Google Maps it looks like Crosby used to connect in the forested valley that’s currently there now.
While on Crosby I spied this ingenious way of cutting down on illegal sewer dumping. Letting people know exactly where their refuse is going might prohibit some littering.
I also caught this pretty great city view.
I made my way down to and across Banksville Road to Banksville Avenue. The latter is a narrow street that runs parallel to the main business thoroughfare. On the Hopkins Map from 1923, it looks like the Avenue used to be the main road before the 4-lane road was added. Signs of the past were everywhere.
There were also quite a few views of the Little Saw Mill Run. Like I mentioned above, you’d never know it was there if you were just driving through the area.
I disturbed this duck.
And some deer.
Back on Banksville Road I was shocked by the lack of sidewalks. A desire path emerged where one should have been.
I was almost to my car when Little Saw Mill Run once again made an appearance underneath a building.
I’ve seen this warehouse/sales-floor many times and never knew there was a stream running through it. On the Hopkins Map it looks like the West Side Belt Rail Road used to run over the creek in the same spot.