Unique Streets: 37
Miles Walked: 2.91
Street Names (italicized have been walked on another day): Liberty Avenue, Penn Avenue, Cecil Place/CLO Academy Way, Lorin Maazel Square, 6th Street, McCrea Way, Mentor Way, Barkers Place, Scott Place, Fort Duquesne Boulevard, 7th Street, Maddock Place, 8th Street, Exchange Way, 9th Street, Garrison Place, 10th Street, William Penn Place, Montour Way, Strawberry Way, Garland Way, Grant Street, Bigelow Square, Ross Street, 5th Avenue, Diamond Street, Forbes Avenue, 3rd Avenue, 2nd Avenue, 1st Avenue, Cherry Way, Boulevard of the Allies, Smithfield Street, Fort Pitt Boulevard, Wood Street, 4th Avenue, Market Square, McMasters Way, Market Street, Delray Street, Stanwix Street
Tourists in our own city.
I feel like that every time I walk but especially today. My friend Amy and I took the wonderful weather (a bit windy but warm) as an opportunity to visit the Central Business District, aka Downtown, aka the Golden Triangle. People all around us were going about their business and we were stopping (always on the side of the walk, not in the middle) to marvel at everything we saw. We got a late start and knew rain was coming. It wasn’t a very long walk but as you can see, we got a lot of streets out of it.
We parked on Liberty right near Gateway Center and set off down Penn Avenue. There are tons of tiny alleys that run between the few long streets downtown. Some of them have multiple names like this one:
We walked many of these alleys and Amy was afraid of being mugged. I was too busy looking all around and feeling like I was transported into a movie scene. I was expecting to see a Ninja Turtle in one of the sewer grates or an upended bucket of slop being poured out of a window. I saw neither but did see this spiral staircase fire escape:
We also saw many old adverts in the alleys:
Many people were congregated in the alleys talking, smoking, and looking at their phones. The alleys are the background for the restaurants and other businesses that run along their parallel counterparts.
Did I ever mention I love alleys? 😉
Some other alleys were scenes of various art installations:
I don’t think this was meant to be art but hey, the eye of the beholder:
After the alleys (too many if you ask Amy) we got back onto the more populated streets.
We saw a lot of people who were dressed up for Tekkoshocon, the Steel City Anime Convention that comes to town every April.
We walked around the Allegheny County Courthouse and stopped to contemplate the Bridge of Sighs.
We started to get hungry and figured the lunch hour rush was probably over so we headed to Mitchell’s Pub on Ross Street.
They have a decent beer selection and while their menu isn’t very big, the cheesesteak I had was delicious. Amy said the Friday Fish sandwich was excellent.
After lunch, it started to rain. We quickly made our way back towards the car, not before stopping at the Original Oyster House to wait out the heaviest downpour.
Friday in Downtown and the bar was full. TGIF