Unique Streets: 65
Miles Walked: 8.11
Street Names (italicized have been walked on another day): River Avenue, Heinz Street, N. Canal Street, Charles J. Lieberth Pedestrian Walkway, Troy Hill Road, Province Street, Goettman Street, No Name, Brabec Street, Basin Street, Kilkenbeck Street, Truax Way, Lowrie Street, Adair Street, Herman Street, Gardner Street, Hatteras Street, Dehaven Street, Purse Way, Lager Street, Harpster Street, High Street, Wickline Lane, Haug Street, Gebhart Street, Emanuel Street, Borough Street, Cabin Street, Mauch Street, Carrie Street, Schubert Street, Schurz Street, Lopella Street, Lindell Street, Reppel Way, Giddy Way, Farby Way, Ginsy Way, Reekes Way, Baun Road, Williams Road, Lamar Street, Mount Pleasant Road, Penfort Street, Sunset Avenue, Essen Street, Flint Way, Defree Way, Gershon Street, Luella Street, Royal Street, Bly Street, East Street, Gerst Way, Lareda Street, Vista Street, Madison Avenue, Concord Street, Turtle Way, Pascoe Way, Blossom Way, Tripoli Street, Chestnut Street, Lovitt Way, Retail Way, Zona Way, Moneta Street, Suismon Street, Eagle Way, Peralta Street, Phineas Street, S. Canal Street, Bolin Way, Carpenter Way, Chesbro Street, Progress Street, Warfield Street, Saw Mill Way, Gazena Way
Today’s walk was inspired by George. In the morning on the way to school, I asked the boys where they thought I should walk. George yelled “Turtle Street!” I didn’t think I’d walked on a street named Turtle yet so I took a look at Google Maps. Sure enough, there is a Turtle Way in East Allegheny. I made my way to the North Shore/East Allegheny (Google Maps had this area in both neighborhoods) and parked at the Three Rivers Heritage Trail right by the Heinz Lofts.
The Heinz Lofts are apartments in the former H. J. Heinz Plant. Here is an image of the plant from Troy Hill.
Here’s some pictures of what it looks like now.
I wanted to get in to Troy Hill to walk some streets I hadn’t yet. I walked on a pedestrian bridge that spans Route 28 and saw my 8th Pittsburgh Protractor!
I came out near Vinial Street by Penn Brewery. I didn’t walk on it because I erroneously assumed that I would get to it on this walk.
I walked up Province Street and was treated to views of the city and the Heinz plant.
There was evidence of a recent bar climb that seemed right in my wheelhouse.
The views kept on coming as I kept on going up.
I was heading towards the Purse Way Stairs I’d walked back on Day 22. I walked around Gardner Field and wondered why this fountain was perpetually on.
I found the stairs and made my way into Spring Garden.
I walked the few streets that run off Spring Garden Avenue and saw some interesting things such as YARD CHICKENS.
and this postage stamp-sized yard filled with bird houses and fountains
I crossed to the other side near a PGH20 (DPW Water division) worker to walk on Mauch. I then did a confused loop across the street in the Schubert-Lopella block because I realized I’d missed a street at the top of Mauch. I came back and said “You must think I’m crazy.” He said “A little bit!” I told him what I was doing and then walked up not-so-flat Mauch to get to Carrie Street.
Side-note: When I entered Carrie into my spreadsheet, it lit up pink meaning I’d already walked a street with that name. I went back through my blog and found that I had walked on a Carrie Street in March with Johnny and George in Fineview. These two streets were sort of nearby but they are perpendicular and have an entire neighborhood between them.
After I walked on Carrie part deux, I spoke with some more PGH20 workers who were repairing old, sometimes lead, water lines from houses to the street. The one man (I didn’t get his name) said that the infrastructure is so old that it’s estimated that the city loses 40% of their treated water to leaks under the ground. Sounds like they have a lot of work ahead of them to fix this problem.
After this chat, I knew I had a long walk ahead of me, some of which, wouldn’t be in the city. I walked up Baun and a neighbor shouted that it was a dead end. I told her I knew but I had to walk on it because of what I was doing. I said they should put a No Outlet sign there for everyone else and she agreed. She was nice. Some others (later on), not so much.
I walked up Williams Road. It starts in Pittsburgh, moves into Reserve Township, and then comes out in Pittsburgh again as Lamar Street.
I realized at the top that I could access a few streets in Northview Heights from the sidewalk. I walked on Mount Pleasant and Penfort before coming back on to Lamar. This sweet kitty seemed wary but kind until I took my sunglasses off. That scared him and he retreated.
I took a right on Gershon and wondered why it was blocked off. There was a small section that I could see was blocked by a tree, but the road was mostly passable. What gives?
Then I saw it.
I posed with the landslide because if the UPMC building can do it, why can’t I?
I got further down and saw ANOTHER LANDSLIDE. This one was much deeper.
This area also presented a perfect spot for people to dump their junk. It was all down the hill and the laziest of litterers just put it right behind the second barrier.
I came around the backside of St. Boniface right by Royal Street.
I spied on the map two tiny streets: Bly and Stabb. I hiked up Bly looking for Stabb and a woman came out onto her porch:
“Can I help you?”
“Hi! I’m walking all of the streets in Pittsburgh so I have to walk on these ones.”
“Well, this is kind of private sooooo.”
“Well, they are marked streets so I have to walk on them.”
“You better watch out because there’s a mean pit bull running around here.”
OK. Thanks for the threat. The Bly Street sign was not marked as private and from what I could tell, there was no more Stabb. It looked like someone had commandeered it as their driveway. I let Google know about Stabb so hopefully they will take it off the map.
I walked all the way down East Street making sure to walk on the pedestrian bridge called Gerst Way.
The views of the city were surprisingly grand for such a low elevation.
I walked up Vista Street because Google Maps told me there were stairs at the top. There were steps, but they were closed!
Officially in East Allegheny, I walked near Turtle Way and spied a playground George would love.
Nearby, I saw a mural that I doubt George would love.
There was an expansive garden called Food City on Tripoli Street
and a neat arrangement of picnic tables around an oven of some kind.
I was very hungry at this point but I was running out of time (these long walks are going to take more planning on my part.) I found a cool little spot called Verdetto’s Bar & Restaurant. I went in and had a beer and a hot dog with sauerkraut. It really hit the spot.
As I left, I noticed the black and white Clemente mural on the side of the building.
I found a section of Turtle Way that was pedestrian only and snapped a picture for George.
I was practically running at this point but couldn’t help add a few more streets and pictures.
The Biergarten at Teutonia Mannerchor was not open 😕but two men were there having a meeting.
I walked the streets in the shadow of 579 before taking the trail back to my car.
Taking one more look at the map to make sure I didn’t miss any nearby streets, I found one! Pindham Street sat right next to the Heinz Lofts. If I didn’t walk it now, I may never.
I walked all the way down Carpenter and found a gate blocking access to the street. I put my phone through to take a picture so I can say at least my phone has been there.
I came back and walked all the way down S. Canal Street to try to access it on the other end. I found another gate and some intimidating signs.
Feeling a little let down, I walked back towards my car. Sometimes you just can’t get there from here.