PGH Adventure(r)

Returning to the USA after using Hong Kong’s outstanding public transportation system for 20 years, I have found that Pittsburgh’s public transportation system is both convenient and clean. I would also like to note that instead of blasting the air conditioning all winter, the buses in Pittsburgh are actually heatedWhile it is true that Adam and I made it a point to rent an apartment near a major bus line (the East Liberty Station on the MLK East Busway), we have found that the majority of PGH’s bus lines (not just the ones using the busway) get us where we need to go.

Our car has been living in a lovely covered garage since October 2015, if I’m remembering the date correctly, because Adam and I wanted to see if we could happily survive in the city using only public transportation with engines (i.e. buses and trains), public transportation without engines (i.e. the Healthy Ride bicycles), and our feet.

So far, so good! It is important to note that we picked our apartment based on its amazingly convenient location to our jobs, grocery stores, and public transportation (so results may vary), but we have been extremely happy to be car-free.

Today, I went for an urban walk (one of my passions since I moved to Pittsburgh).

I first managed to get some shots of the Hunt Armory, which occupies an entire city block in Shadyside and always piques my imagination! The Hunt Armory used to be Pittsburgh’s main auditorium (after it was decommissioned) and hosted people and acts from US presidents (Truman and Eisenhower), to bands (Led Zeppelin), to religious leaders (Billy Graham). It has recently been targeted for gentrification, and it will be converted into a community ice rink and athletic center.

Hunt Armory
Hunt Armory

 

Hunt Armory
Hunt Armory

 

Hunt Armory
Hunt Armory

 

Hunt Armory
Hunt Armory

It’s gorgeous and mysterious. I love it.

I sauntered down Shady Avenue to Squirrel Hill, where I partook of a range of delicious gluten free baked goods from Gluuteny Bakery. None of my Squirrel Hill pictures came out well at all, so I’ll post images from that neighborhood on another day.

On my way back to Shadyside, I decided to walk through Chatham University. I was only able to get a few images, but it was a gorgeous neighborhood (it felt more like a neighborhood than a university campus). I am definitely going to go back to get more images, but here are a few to start off with.

These first images seemed like private homes. Private homes that are mansions on a university campus, but still private homes.

This was the first home I saw, with the detached garages 'round the back.
This was the first home I saw, with the detached garage ’round the back.

 

Second home
Half of the first home (opposite angle) and second home in the middle distance

 

First home on the opposite side of the street
First home on the opposite side of the street

 

This art deco home was INCREDIBLE, but I wasn't able to get a good range of photos. It was built into the hill, and so gorgeous as an example of art deco architecture.
This art deco home was INCREDIBLE, but I wasn’t able to get a good range of photos. It was built into the hill, and so gorgeous as an example of art deco architecture. I will try to go back and get more photos in the future.

 

Further into the campus, I found the admissions building.

Chatham University admissions building
Chatham University admissions building

 

Church on the hill (I can’t find the names of the buildings in the next picture; I guess I’ll have to go back and climb the hill!)

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After visiting Chatham University, I went to Mellon Park. I went to the walled garden (lovely) and the rose garden (currently not alive so no photos).

Entering Mellon Park on Fifth Avenue
Entering Mellon Park on Fifth Avenue

 

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The Walled Garden of Mellon Park

 

Park poetry
Park poetry

 

BONUS RANDOM MOSAIC I SAW ON SHADY AVENUE:

'Merica
‘Merica

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