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24 August 2008 @ 09:08 pm
tectonic plates  
The thing I always forget about August is how it doesn't matter whether you wait to go outside or not. It'll still be freaking hot. When I'm on one of my photo walks, it's not the same as the kind of heat you endure while climbing a sand dune, aware that there's a wonderful body of water beyond it. It just keeps getting hotter and hotter, and the trees seem fewer the farther you go. Fortunately (?), my tennis shoes seem to be reaching the end of their lifespan, and since they chewed up my feet so badly, I was only out in the sun for two hours instead of four.


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I liked the red combo here. As it turns out, the bicycle belonged to a waitress in the Thai restaurant nearby. When I stood up, she dashed out of the shop and asked me to send the photograph to her. She loves her bike!


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I don't know why they painted over the text, but I also don't know what it says.


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Same itty-bitty church. The fresh coat of paint really popped out against the wires to me, so I took a shot. What's also interesting is how this building, which is essentially a small square, stands across the street from a much larger, very ornate (possibly Catholic, don't recall) church that was built seventy-six years later, in 1899. For me, that proximity is a telling sign of the city's growth in that time frame. It may well also reflect the beliefs that different groups of immigrants brought to one neighborhood, but I haven't done enough research to be able to say who came when. (p.s. I did take shots of the larger complex, but alas, they were all blurry.)


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What a combo! After you've set Turner's detectives on your ex, you can stop by Wilson's for a tasty lunch. Or at least, once upon a time, such was possible. I don't know if either business is open nowadays, but I took these on a Sunday, so how could I really tell?


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I like the curl where someone tried to peel the sticker off.


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The wood detailing and egg and dart molding likely date to the building's construction. The iron grates were probably added later, possibly when the neighborhood really started struggling (how many qualifiers can I fit into one sentence? Maybe? Possibly? Likely? Could be?). Was it before or after steel's demise? I do not know. The industry collapsed so utterly here that no steel is produced within the city limits today. Pittsburgh is still in the process of reinvention, and the continued loss of residents creates a lot of buildings and empty spots like this one ... there are simply not enough people these days to use all the things that are still lingering from when we hit the population max.

I think it's strange how people still think Pittsburgh is a pit (hah hah, brilliant) when the city has clearly done better in moving on than, say, Gary, IN.


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Somehow, I don't think this lock is any good ...


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Same building, different doorway, once used to access a business by the name of "Lambskins," which sold antique and retro wallpapers. I don't think they're around now, but the door is probably neater this way.


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You have to give this 50s kitchen wallpaper credit for hanging on tooth and nail.


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I took this shot on my way back. At the time, the heat was getting to me, so I was tripping over a lot of things and found this character vastly amusing. It's a common one around where I live (read: I see it so often I usually don't take pictures of it anymore), but the location was neat.


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A shadow cast by something that's no longer there.
 
 
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