Unique Streets: 53
Miles Walked: 9.52
Street Names (italicized have been walked on another day): Hatfield Street, 48th Street, Plummer Street, Butler Street, Allegheny Cemetery, 49th Street, Blackberry Way, 50th Street, 51st Street, Berlin Way, Oasis Way, Ruby Street, 52nd Street, Harrison Street, McCandless Avenue, 53rd Street, 54th Street, Dresden Way, 55th Street, 56th Street, Private Way, 57th Street, Donson Way, 58th Street, Sawyer Street, Suydam Street, 62nd Street, A.V.R.R., Baker Street, Marietta Street, Dressing Way, Premo Street, Nolo Way, Edisto Street, Trinity Street, Amsterdam Street, Windcrest Drive, Farmington Street, Hawthorne Street, Fairfield Street, Old Lane, Stanton Avenue, Chislett Street, Black Street, N. Aiken Avenue, N. Aiken Court, Mossfield Street, Fern Street, Fern Circle, Schenley Avenue, N. Pacific Avenue, Mora Way, Aisbett Street, Mossfield Court, Sullivan Street, Young Street, Kincaid Park, N. Mathilda Street, Penn Avenue, 45th Street, Childrens Hospital Drive, 44th Street, Garden Way, 42nd Street, Calvin Street, Siebert Street, Main Street, Post Way, Kellar Street, Rosecrans Way, Geneva Street, Remus Way, Garwood Way, Sherrod Street, Dunkeld Way, Bruce Street, Hugo Way, Percy Street, Bessemer Street, Arsenal Way, Percy Way, Davison Street, 43rd Street, Saint Johns Street, Urbana Way, Home Street, Lycurgus Way, Umpire Way, Modoc Street.
Orphan Streets. This is what I call streets that I’ve completely surrounded yet didn’t walk on. When it happens, the street name lights up my subconscious like a neon sign in a dark alley. Twice I’ve walked in Stanton Heights and neglected a street called Windcrest Drive. In my defense, it’s not very long and is called something else (Nolo Way) until its last block before Officer Eric Kelly Memorial Field. Google has its length misrepresented and I’ve let them know about it.
I wanted to walk on Windcrest but everything around it had been covered. I decided to make this walk a two-fer. My mission was to walk Windcrest and also all of the streets in Stanton Heights that sit off of Butler Street. These streets feel like orphans too. They are in an area that is mainly (and more so formerly) industrial. It would make sense that they are in Upper Lawrenceville, but they belong to Stanton Heights. It’s as if their neighborhood assignment was an afterthought.
I parked my car near 48th Street in Central Lawrenceville and started walking towards the 62nd Street Bridge. Building permits sat in windows on every block.
These rubber duckies seemed ready for the flood (an emergency alert for flash flooding went off as I was writing this.)
I’d never heard of Nied’s before today but apparently, they are famous. They even got an honorary street sign named after them.
Before I started my long walk down Butler to hit few streets, I went up 57th to walk on Donson Way. It confused me because the street that runs parallel to Butler between 51st (Stanton Avenue) and 55th is called Dresden. It stops altogether at the Lawrenceville Shopping Center and then continues on the other side called Donson. I looked at the 1923 Hopkins Map and the shopping center is where the Protestant Home for Incurables used to be.
I got to the end of Donson and found a forgotten section of 58th Street! I could see remnants of stairs that appeared to lead down to Butler but they were too far gone, even for me.
Back on Butler and right around where 58th Street would come down is where the industry starts. The 1923 Hopkins Map shows that many factories and refining plants sat between the river and Butler Street. Where the M. B. Suydam Company Paint Factory once sat is now an empty field filled with Canada Geese. I really wanted to walk across it to get to 62nd Street but didn’t feel like being attacked. I went back up to Butler and then down 62nd Street under the bridge that shares its name.
All along this roadway, there are signs of the past.
I walked down 62nd towards the railroad tracks and noticed signs for something called Tree Pittsburgh. There was a large modern building next to a greenhouse in a field between the tracks and the river. Their vision according to their website, is
To create a healthy urban forest for all by inspiring and engaging people to maintain, plant, and protect trees. We believe that all people have the right to benefit from the many health, environmental, and social benefits that trees provide. A greener city will create more vital communities for generations to come.Source: https://www.treepittsburgh.org/about/
Sounds good to me! On the other side of the 62nd Street Bridge is the DPW Construction Division and a plethora of scrap yards. I appreciated these signs asking people to not dismantle cars in this area.
I went back up to Butler to access Baker Street and got a pretty good view of the scrap yard, river, and Sharpsburg across the river.
I skirted the narrow berm of Baker Street before realizing I could have safely taken the stairs.
On Marietta Street I found a street made of stairs that was not on the map and decidedly, inaccessible. RIP Dressing Way.
At the top of Premo Street, I followed a trail through the woods to Adelphia and found an empty cash register drawer.
On my way to Windcrest I saw this small deer running through front yards. I wonder if that was his trail I took.
I finally marked Windcrest off my list and made my way down Stanton Avenue towards Garfield. I saw these grand stairs into the woods and was intrigued by them.
I looked on my Google Maps app thinking there might be a clue as to what they were and realized I’d actually saved that exact location to visit later!
Without context or notes, I am at a loss as to why I wanted to see this location. I did some digging and found that P.J. Donahoe lived there in 1923 and this article from the Pittsburgh Press in 1933 serves as his obituary. He actually passed away from a heart attack on the front porch of the house that used to stand at the top of those stairs.
I made my way down to Chislett and into Garfield. I found some old streets, N. Pacific and Mora Way, that have all but been taken over by overgrowth.
Walking down Mossfield towards Penn, I saw two more Pittsburgh Protractors!
Back in Lawrenceville by way of Bloomfield, I managed to walk a few more streets that I had walked near previously on Day 23. On that day, I’d accidentally chosen to walk up Service Way before realizing it had almost no intersections. Rookie mistake. I had missed a lot, like this melting cement wall.
and the Lawrenceville Community Garden.
I walked many of the streets I’d neglected and felt accomplished. Tired, but happy. At 9 miles, I was very hungry and stopped in Industry Public House for lunch. It did not disappoint!
After lunch I stopped in a few stores and in No. 14 Boutique, I got a few coconut wax candles.
I was super tired and now i was carrying a bag filled with candles. Still, I had to stop and stare at this insane mural.
I’m glad my nightmares only consist of getting stuck in collapsing caves and not whatever this is.