Unique Streets: 95
Miles Walked: 8.86
Street Names (italicized have been walked on another day): Riota Way, Strata Way, Newett Street, Plateau Street, Mount Joseph Street, W. Cherryhill Street, Loletta Street, Thielman Street, Oakhurst Street, W. Meters Avenue, Westmont Avenue, Dellrose Street, Brownsville Road, Copperfield Avenue, W. Agnew Road, W. Woodford Avenue, Kleiner Way, Covert Street, Sloss Street, Parkfield Street, Candor Street, Fairland Street, Line Street, Lucina Avenue, Midwood Way, Lybrig Way, Sugar Way, Redwood Street, Park Boulevard, Lipton Way, Walna Way, Overview Street, Walton Avenue, Yale Drive, Thames Way, Queenston Street, Marland Way, Thames Place, Trigote Way, Dartmore Street, Englert Street, Wayside Street, Sinton Avenue, Overbrook Boulevard, Tyro Way, Antenor Avenue, Antenor Way, Kerbert Street, Olivet Avenue, Spokane Avenue, Ariston Street, Santron Avenue, Amzi Way, Almont Street, Dola Way, Azur Way,, Valera Avenue, Ravilla Avenue, Valera Street, Biscayne Drive, Edgar Street, Biscayne Place, Windfall Way, Wysox Street, Clifton Boulevard, Askal Way, Dew Way, Fairhope Street, Lauch Way, Carrick Avenue, Becks Run Road, Athena Street, Lutz Avenue, Hazeldell Street, Eiler Avenue, Nuzum Avenue, Campo Way, Haiti Street, Duffland Street, E. Woodford Avenue, Fromm Way, Arden Way, Madeline Street, Rehman Street, Revision Way, Scout Avenue, Hornaday Road, Redrose Avenue, E. Agnew Avenue, Concordia Street, Plummet Way, Leolyn Street, Poplargrove Street, Appian Way, Lunar Way, Meredith Street, Crailo Avenue
PR Walk! Today, I set a new personal record for the most unique streets walked in one day: 95 Streets! I had no idea how large Carrick is. I only repeated two streets and covered almost 9 miles!
I parked near Volunteers Field which is a low elevation point (of many) in the neighborhood. This walk would lead me to many of the high points too. Coming up Strata/Newett I saw this large political statement on the side of a house.
On Plateau Street I saw another sign that was less political but equally as curmudgeonly.
and another one.
I ventured up to Brownsville Road
and saw this beautiful mural on the side of a building.
I went back down into the valley and saw a street sign with no street.
Most of the yards I saw were filled with beautiful plants and flowers. These hostas were the largest I’ve ever seen. Their scale reminded me of plants illustrated in prehistoric renderings.
This poison ivy threatened to ruin passerbys day.
I’m so used to finding mistakes by Google and Apple but not the actual city itself. This street that intersected with Lucina was called Walna at the top and where it connects with the actual Walna, it’s called Lipton. Is this a 3-1-1 issue or should I just let it go?
Walna Way later turned into a grass street.
I was about 5 miles in and starting to get very hungry. I was planning on going back up to Brownsville Road to find something to eat when I spotted this aberration.
So these are technically two different streets (by my calculations) and I’d already walked on Valera Avenue. Not Valera Street. I went all the way back down 😫
Getting back towards Brownsville, I saw this neat blue van on Windfall Way. Its owner was fixing one of the back tires. I asked if I could take a picture and he obliged.
The front dashboard was covered in an ocean blue shag rug and dozens of sand dollars each of which, the man said he found himself.
The man and his van can be found on Instagram under the handle @wandering._soul_
The back of the van was equally as intriguing.
I wonder what brought him to Pittsburgh.
Finally I got up to Brownsville and stopped in the Donut Connection for an iced tea and club sandwich. It wasn’t fancy but it definitely fueled the next part of my walk.
Carrick is very hilly and the topography demands that the streets obey it. I found a cluster of streets that were seemingly by themselves: Clifton, Askal, Dew, Lauch. They were bounded on one side by the old Birmingham Cemetery.
If I didn’t have so many more streets to cover before heading back to my car, I would have explored it.
Many houses in Carrick were modest but some really stood out. This one on Carrick Avenue almost took my breath away. It wouldn’t be the last house to steal my attention.
On Madeline Street I found another grass street that has since been commandeered by neighbors for a driveway.
Looking at the 1923 Hopkins Map, it used to be called Hagaman Avenue.
The house on Carrick Avenue was grand but maybe that was because it was by itself. When I got to Hornaday Road, I was impressed. Nearly every house on the portion of road I walked was large and had meticulously landscaped yards. The street was lined with old chestnut and maple trees. Here are some of my favorite houses on that block.
Hornaday is also at such a high elevation that you can see the UPMC building peeking out from between houses.
Finally resigning myself to be done walking, I navigated the final streets between me and my car. The old St. Basil’s School building is empty and has obviously been vandalized frequently.
I walked by the newly remodeled Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Carrick Branch and admired the modern simplicity of it.
The rest of my walk was thankfully downhill. I sat down in my car and relished the endorphins running through my bloodstream. I was also extremely exhausted and could have taken a nap right there. There has to be a German word for that feeling.