Unique Streets: 48
Miles Walked: 7
Street Names (italicized have been walked on another day): Milwaukee Street, Camp Street, Rampart Street, Iowa Street, Adelaide Street, Clarissa Street, Lyon Street, Burton Way, Bryn Mawr Road, Anaheim Street, Cherokee Street, Wichita Way, Ossipee Street, Shawnee Street, Ewart Drive, Allequippa Street, University Drive A, University Drive B, University Drive C, Brackenridge Street, Zero Way, Harold Street, Avalon Street, Centre Avenue, Landleiss Place, Vancroft Street, Herron Avenue, Wylie Avenue, Granite Street, Crockett Way, Wandless Street, Orbin Street, Vincennes Way, Webster Avenue, Hollace Street, Horton Street, Morgan Street, Elba Street, Francis Street, Montague Way, Humber Way, Watt Street, Junilla Street, Upfold Way, Upton Street, Verdant Way, Watt Lane, Chauncey Drive, Bedford Avenue, Barnett Way, White Street, Tulsa Street, Marcella Street, Ajax Street, Hancock Street, Ridgway Street, Harding Street, Bigelow Boulevard, Finland Street, Bismark Street, Balboa Street, Monroe Street, Orion Street, McNeil Place, Olney Street, Danube Street, Carnak Street
Today I attempted to tackle a huge portion of my map that has been blank. I had walked all around this area but completely missed the Upper Hill and portions of other neighborhoods. I parked at the Robert E. Williams Memorial Park and got started by walking around the reservoir.
It was cold and rainy so the views from this high vantage while impressive, weren’t as clear as they could have been.
Houses in this area run the spectrum of repair/disrepair. Some have recently been renovated, others always maintained. And some are barely hanging on by a thread.
The house this truck was in front of was currently being cleaned out of everything, INCLUDING the kitchen sink.
This old advert claims that Clark Bars are the World’s Greatest 5¢ candy bar. Is that really something to brag about? Maybe if it was better, it would cost more?
I came down Wichita Way and saw this construction vehicle working on top of the pile it was excavating.
On the corner of Shawnee and Ossipee I found the old Minersville German Lutheran Cemetery. The most recent burial I saw was in 1962.
I took my phone out to take a picture and saw Siri already opened after it heard the word “Call.” I did not ask Siri to call anyone. Who did? 👻
After my spooky trip through the cemetery, I decided to cover some streets in North Oakland around the VA Hospital.
I walked on University Drives A, B, and C and came up near this neat looking elementary school. The Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School is a tuition based K-8 school run by the School of Education of the University of Pittsburgh.
I took Zero to Harold to Avalon to Centre and turned the corner onto Landleiss. Right in front of me stood a randy turkey (I guess it’s mating season hence why I’ve seen so many recently.) It let me get exceptionally close. I joked with a neighbor that maybe they were confused by the weather and thought it was almost turkey day.
I was getting hungry. Maybe it was the turkey or maybe it was lunchtime. I knew Grandma B’s was nearby on Wylie Avenue and zig zagged my way there.
When I walked in, the place was full. I found a spot at the counter and despite the sign warning that you shouldn’t distract the cook, Dorian (the owner) and I had a great conversation about my project and various eccentricities the city has to offer. He is from Hazelwood and when I told him about the Greenway, he had no idea it was there. It goes to show that you can live somewhere all your life and not know all of its secrets. Check out this PG article about Dorian and Grandma B’s.
I got the chicken club and was not disappointed. It was huge and I didn’t want to eat all of it since I still had a lot of walking to do to get to my car. Before I knew it, there was barely a bite left.
I left Grandma B’s, heading towards Bedford Dwellings. There are not a lot of streets in this neighborhood but there are still some I have left to travel. I walked by the fenced in Garden of Hope and wondered what kind of message that was sending.
The Hopkins Maps shows this area was once a Municipal Hospital.
I did some searching and found this neat post on Facebook:
I don’t think I caught Tuberculosis but I might have caught Poison Ivy when I climbed through the tiny opening in this gate to get to White Street.
Heading back down towards Herron Avenue I saw a street that didn’t exist on any map.
I walked on Ajax and Ridgway and realized this section of the Upper Hill definitely had a Polish Hill Vibe. I call it the #polishhillcreep
The stairs in the creature-inhabited woods took me down to Bigelow and “Take Bigelow,” I did (right by where they drove in Striking Distance)
There were no sidewalks (only a muddy hill) but it was obvious that people walk here. I got back up onto a safer street (Finland) and backtracked to get to Monroe. On Monroe, I found the Orion Street Stairs.
Sigh, that’s a lot of stairs. Back up in Upper Hill “proper” I found a cool old elementary building with stone archways comprised of various animals. I’ll end this post with up close of pictures of them. If you see a spider, please know that he safely hitched a ride on my hand for about 5 blocks. I’m not sure he survived the sound of my screams.