Tag Archives: downtown

Fort Pitt, 1763

4 Dec


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The only info I have on this map of Fort Pitt is that it’s awesome, and made after the French map of the fort formerly known as Fort Duquesne.

Found on a website dedicated to the history of Brookline.


Downtown real estate dedicated to parking, Detroit vs Pittsburgh

8 Oct


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Left Side: Orange is parking garages, red is surface lots.  Right Side: Garages in Red and Blue, Surface lots in grey.

Fascinating blog post over at streetsblog.org, showing the difference in the amount of space dedicated to parking in downtown Detroit vs Downtown Pittsburgh, and then making some leaps to understand our transportation mode share.

Worth checking out


Pittsburgh Marathon Bike Spectator Map, 2013

1 May


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The Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon in partnership with Bike Pittsburgh has created the first ever Bike Spectator Map designed especially for bicyclists to enjoy safe trail and road routes to follow the runners along the course including special “bike cheer zones” along the way. The course route is safe for bikers of all abilities. Signage will be clearly displayed along the course including street chalk for cyclists to follow to ensure that no bicycles cross the race course, as NO BICYCLES ARE PERMITTED ON THE MARATHON COURSE.

The Bike Spectator Map will be distributed at the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo May 3-4 and can be downloaded online.  Riders will be able to follow their friends and family to 5 bicycle cheer zones each highlighting a different area of the Pittsburgh Marathon and Half Marathon courses.

Happy Valentine’s Day

14 Feb

Etsy can be a funny place. Here’s some last minute Valentine’s Day gifts.

Put a bird heart map on it.

Love You Candy Map Find love in the Rocks


Me You Candy Heart Map Munhall is for lovers


Heart PGH Cut paper map print


Map heart print
Say I love you with a heart shaped pendant

Awesome Tattoo

14 Feb


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Done by Nathan Mould of Artisan Tattoo on Penn Ave in Garfield. Awesome, although it’s kinda unusable (at least by the owner) on the back of a shoulder.

A subway we never had 1917

18 Dec

How different the city would have been had they actually built a subway. These were from a 1931 book, found on the amazing Historic Pittsburgh site. The title of the book is called City of Pittsburgh and its horses: facts and figures relative to every department using horses, published by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Horses. I didn’t get a chance to dig into this book to fully understand what it actually has to do with horses, but these maps were taken from a 1917 report to the Mayor and City Council  that assessed, among other transportation related problems, a plan to put in a subway.  It’s pretty fascinating, especially for the transportation nerds out there.

One can now only dream.

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Occupy Pittsburgh in 1877

1 Dec

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This was an Occupy Pittsburgh 1877 style. This interactive map goes over the history of the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, that went stretched from Downtown through the Strip into Lawrenceville.

The Great Strike of 1877 and the uprising that ensued did not begin in Pittsburgh, and it did not start on the Pennsylvania Railroad. The grievances of brakemen employed on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad first led to a strike in Baltimore, Maryland on July 16th. The next day, trainmen in Martinsburg, West Virginia also went on strike. Unrest quickly spread throughout the country—beyond the B&O and beyond the railroad industry at large.

The Great Strike was a spontaneous and chaotic action, independent of unions and political organizations.

The rest of fascinating story can be recreated on the Howling Mob Society website which will help you find the actual historical markers that were placed throughout the historic district.

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