It Ain’t Easy Saving the Past

Don't mess with these ladies, the Pittsburgh DAR chapter in 1906. So, you want to preserve an old historic building? Of course not. You want someone else do it. Let's look at two examples where people did come forward. First we'll detail the effort, setbacks and determination of a group of women who ensured the Fort Pitt Block House was not broken up and ...
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Dear Price of Dear Whoevers

“The Letter” Vittorio Reggianini What You Don't Know About 1816 We've been looking at surprising things you don't know about 1816. That was the year Pittsburgh got big enough to become a city. So far, we've learned:   There was no summer that year. The City of Bridges had no bridges yet. Public love-making was quite popular (waltzing). Now we look at another surpr...
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We’ll Go Under That Bridge When We Get to It

Greenfield Bridge, part of a boulevard that never quite was Far more people traveled under the Greenfield Bridge before it disappeared Monday than ever traveled over it. That isn't what was envisioned when it opened 92 years ago. It was supposed to be part of a landscaped thoroughfare making travel through the city a leisurely experience in the wondrous age of automobiles.  ...
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Unwelcome Immigrants

They would close to the newcomer the bridge that carried them and their fathers over.   "Within a few blocks of the skyscrapers of the Point, I have seen a company of Syrians weaving almost unceasingly for four days (doing) a desert dance that celebrated the return of one of them to Jerusalem."   What? Have Syrian refugees arrived in Pittsburgh? Has Mayor Bi...
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