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Pizza and the Pepperoni Point

22 Apr

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This is a companion post to the map that shows where all of the Italians live.

This is one of my favorite maps of the City.

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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.

Social and Anti-social Agencies in the Strip – 1915

28 Oct

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No one need go alcoholically thirsty in “The Strip”

The Carnegie Library’s Historic Pittsburgh website has this gem of a book about the Strip District in 1915.  It was written by a local Christian organization to analyze the conditions of the immigrants and workers in the neighborhood.

One of my favorite chapters is called “Social Agencies-harmful.”  It acts as a sort of early Lonely Planet of probably some of the funnest places in the city at the time.  It tells of the 78 “drinking places” that “ply their anti-social trade in the district.” There were also some 10-15 “‘fly-by night’ speak-easies and about a dozen ‘white line’ or ‘dope joints’ where alcohol and drugs are obtained.”  Some of the saloons received such nicknames as the “Bucket of Blood,” the “Stone Jug,” and “Hinky Dinks.”

All of this and more can be found in the stellar book: “The Strip”: a socio-religious survey of a typical problem section of Pittsburgh, Pa, published in 1915.

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