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Old 08-16-2011, 09:35 AM
 
Location: City of McKeesport
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Please visit the following link for my latest photo tour of the California-Kirkbride (Old Allegheny Rows Historic District) neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

Discovering Historic Pittsburgh: Urban Prairie in Pittsburgh: A Photo Case Study
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:56 AM
 
Location: ɥbɹnqsʇʇıd
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This area always struck me as some sort of post-apocalyptic Pittsburgh present day. I have no idea how this part of town still exists and the fact that they're going to be building townhouses a stones throw away in Manchester is going to be....interesting.
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Old 08-16-2011, 01:15 PM
 
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This area was developed around 1890, as "Hollywood Place". It was originally supposed to have over 400 homes, built according to the "Philadelphia Plan" (rowhouses), but due to the panic of 1893, less than half were built. This area was largely intact as of 1990, but by the end of the decade lay in ruins.

In reality, Pittsburgh doesn't really know what urban prairie is. Take a look at this fantastic site to really see some urban prairie.

http://www.builtstlouis.net/northsid...s_place00.html

http://www.detroityes.com/home.htm

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Old 08-16-2011, 02:47 PM
 
Location: City of McKeesport
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This area was developed around 1890, as "Hollywood Place". It was originally supposed to have over 400 homes, built according to the "Philadelphia Plan" (rowhouses), but due to the panic of 1893, less than half were built. This area was largely intact as of 1990, but by the end of the decade lay in ruins.

In reality, Pittsburgh doesn't really know what urban prairie is. Take a look at this fantastic site to really see some urban prairie.

Built St. Louis: The North Side | St. Louis Place

The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit
Yes, I linked to BuiltStLouis's excellent page detailing how urban prairie happens in my blog post. It's a GREAT site!

The 1984 historic district nomination of California-Kirkbride details that some houses in the neighborhood were built in the 1870s.
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:40 PM
 
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Yes, I linked to BuiltStLouis's excellent page detailing how urban prairie happens in my blog post. It's a GREAT site!

The 1984 historic district nomination of California-Kirkbride details that some houses in the neighborhood were built in the 1870s.
The section built in the 1890's is veru easy to spot. It is very Philadelphia like in it's look and layout. It's basically the section west of the post office with the flat roofed rowhouses. The earlier sections tend to have gabled roofs with dormers, a style which persisted in Pittsburgh, long after the flat roof had become dominant in other rowhouse cities.

Built St. Louis is indeed an excellent site. I like it better than the Detroit site because the housing in St. Louis was far more impressive than that in most of Detroit, so seeing it in ruins is really jarring.

Saint Louis Photo Gallery by step2me at pbase.com
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Old 08-17-2011, 06:50 AM
 
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It sucks to see so many empty holes in the blocks (as much as they're blocks any more), but on the other hand I'm not sure I'd want to continue living next to a collapsing firetrap on the hopes that someone will fix it up some day. :/
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Old 08-17-2011, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Really great pictures. I know they mean to illustrate a negative aspect, but I think they are also incredibly beautiful!
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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It sucks to see so many empty holes in the blocks (as much as they're blocks any more), but on the other hand I'm not sure I'd want to continue living next to a collapsing firetrap on the hopes that someone will fix it up some day. :/
I tend to agree with this POV. The gaps are heartbreaking but the collapsing building that got torn down is often much uglier. It's a shame they can't put windows in the side walls, though--that could go a long way to making the gaps look a little better. At least the grass is mowed, but if the gaps were turned into community gardens that would be better.
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:12 AM
 
Location: City of McKeesport
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I always wished that when the city would tear down these historic row-houses, they would save and restore the facades. It would create a wonderful cosmetic effect, in spite of the building being essentially gone, and would remove the blighted look that row-house communities have after many demolitions.

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I tend to agree with this POV. The gaps are heartbreaking but the collapsing building that got torn down is often much uglier. It's a shame they can't put windows in the side walls, though--that could go a long way to making the gaps look a little better. At least the grass is mowed, but if the gaps were turned into community gardens that would be better.
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:18 AM
 
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What's interesting about this to me is that a single "missing tooth", like the ones you posted on Boyle Street, look horrible. But when you go full hillbilly / hockey player, and have only very few "teeth" on a block, it actually is more appealing to me.
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