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Old 05-18-2018, 03:27 PM
 
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I noticed this quite a few times, after traveling to many other metros in Pittsburgh's peer group, and then traveling around the Pittsburgh suburbs and outskirting towns. Pittsburgh's metro seems to have a much greater proliferation of midrise buildings, all throughout its suburbs and satellite cities. It seems more typical of metros that are a lot larger, like DC or Chicago, rather than Pittsburgh's peer group.

Some of them are office/hotel buildings, and they're probably more in line with other similar metros. But the Pittsburgh area seems to have a much larger amount of midrise apartments and condo buildings scattered throughout. By midrise, I mean the range of about 7 - 15 stories. and they are pretty much everywhere around the suburbs - south, east, west and north. In cities and commercial areas, and also on far flung suburban roads. And many you can't see until you just happen to drive by on it's road, because of hills blocking them. They even exist in very unlikely places, such as Leetsdale for example. Most of these seem like they were probably built from the 1950s to the 1970s, although there are newer ones.

Has anyone else noticed this and wondered about it? Do Pittsburghers just have more of an affinity for living in those, than people in other metros of its size? Can you think of any peer metros that you think are similar in this regard?
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Old 05-18-2018, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh
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I noticed this quite a few times, after traveling to many other metros in Pittsburgh's peer group, and then traveling around the Pittsburgh suburbs and outskirting towns. Pittsburgh's metro seems to have a much greater proliferation of midrise buildings, all throughout its suburbs and satellite cities. It seems more typical of metros that are a lot larger, like DC or Chicago, rather than Pittsburgh's peer group.

Some of them are office/hotel buildings, and they're probably more in line with other similar metros. But the Pittsburgh area seems to have a much larger amount of midrise apartments and condo buildings scattered throughout. By midrise, I mean the range of about 7 - 15 stories. and they are pretty much everywhere around the suburbs - south, east, west and north. In cities and commercial areas, and also on far flung suburban roads. And many you can't see until you just happen to drive by on it's road, because of hills blocking them. They even exist in very unlikely places, such as Leetsdale for example. Most of these seem like they were probably built from the 1950s to the 1970s, although there are newer ones.

Has anyone else noticed this and wondered about it? Do Pittsburghers just have more of an affinity for living in those, than people in other metros of its size? Can you think of any peer metros that you think are similar in this regard?
Philly and Atlanta off the top of my head have plenty of mid-rise buildings outside of the core city. Same with Chicago, so I am not exactly sure what you are observing there.
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Old 05-19-2018, 06:56 AM
 
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Philly and Atlanta off the top of my head have plenty of mid-rise buildings outside of the core city. Same with Chicago, so I am not exactly sure what you are observing there.
It looks like the OP is not considering those cities part of our "peer group"
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Old 05-19-2018, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Crafton, PA
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Where do we have those? Im thinking Southpointe and...?
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Old 05-19-2018, 06:59 AM
 
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Where do we have those? Im thinking Southpointe and...?
I know there's a 6 story hotel in McCandless Crossing. Six or Seven stories isn't really that high. You've probably passed a lot of these without giving them any thought.
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Old 05-19-2018, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh
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It looks like the OP is not considering those cities part of our "peer group"
You're correct, I read that wrong. Too many days in a row with not enough sleep. #newborndadlife
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Old 05-19-2018, 09:56 AM
 
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Where do we have those? Im thinking Southpointe and...?
All sorts of residential mid rise buildings in Scott Township, Crafton, bethel park, Mt. Lebanon, Ross township, Robinson, etc.
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Old 05-19-2018, 10:41 AM
 
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All sorts of residential mid rise buildings in Scott Township, Crafton, bethel park, Mt. Lebanon, Ross township, Robinson, etc.
Bridgeville has 2, Carnegie has at least 2.
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Old 05-19-2018, 11:15 AM
 
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Bridgeville has 2, Carnegie has at least 2.

I think Carnegie has about 5 or 6 of those. There are pockets of them in more commercial suburban places like Mt Lebanon, Monroeville, Ross etc. But you can also find random ones all over the Pittsburgh suburbs, even in very unexpected places. I just don't know any other metros of Pittsburgh's size like that.


Are there any in Southpointe? I was thinking those were pretty much all offices there.
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Old 05-19-2018, 04:06 PM
 
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All sorts of residential mid rise buildings in Scott Township, Crafton, bethel park, Mt. Lebanon, Ross township, Robinson, etc.
Oh you're right I forgot about Bethel Park, there are probably at least 10 of them there. and Scott Twp probably has more than that. and I didn't realize Crafton has some too. they actually can be found almost everywhere around the Pittsburgh suburbs it seems.

If you go to places like Columbus or Cincinnati or Kansas City or Portland, you may see a few here or there in their suburbs, but it will stand out as something there, because they are very rare to find in the suburbs. I think Cleveland has one or two dense suburbs with them, but its the exception, not the rule like in Pittsburgh. even Baltimore I think doesn't have very many.

someone mentioned Philly - I know it has a bunch around King of Prussia but I don't really recall seeing many elsewhere. Although I know the city much better than the suburbs there. I think Cherry Hill has a couple but can't think of other suburbs with them.

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