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Old 12-03-2009, 10:10 PM
 
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I agree about the ubiquitousness of streets like that, but I still find them somewhat remarkable. I go home to Richmond, VA, which I never thought of as all that flat, and it looks like the flattest parts of the Midwest.
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As a non-native of Pittsburgh, I agree. We didn't have anything like that in the Detroit area--we had small rivers and lakes and low hills here or there, but no ravines so steep and neighborhoods so discrete.
There are some ravines in O'Hara and Indiana townships that are almost too secluded.

It's downright frightening to drive down a quarter of a mile dirt ravine road to find ONE lone old house at the end of the ravine.

I expected someone to come outside with a shotgun.

How do I know this? THAT'S what teenagers do when they get a driver's license!

It's amazing how rural many areas within Allegheny county can be!
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Old 12-04-2009, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Great White North Hills
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god...haven't thought about Big Jim's in years... I fondly recall getting the house red wine in 18 oz. tumblers Classy? Not so much, but good sandwiches and a real Pittsburgh atmosphere.
It's changed hands over the years and from what I hear the food quality has gone down. Back when I worked in Oakland that was a good little bar for a Friday 2 hour lunch. It's definitely a slice of Pittsburgh.
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Old 12-04-2009, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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It's changed hands over the years and from what I hear the food quality has gone down. Back when I worked in Oakland that was a good little bar for a Friday 2 hour lunch. It's definitely a slice of Pittsburgh.
I dunno. I've seen recent remarks from someone whose food opinions I respect, and he thought it was good as a sandwich place and real local flavor. Before that I'd never heard of it, and I've lived in the Pittsburgh area longer than he has! I still haven't been there, but Big Jim's sounds like a place to send visitors looking for a local joint and have them skip the whole Primanti's hype which is practically a tourist trap in some ways (although it's true plenty of locals still frequent it).
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Old 12-04-2009, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I agree about the ubiquitousness of streets like that, but I still find them somewhat remarkable. I go home to Richmond, VA, which I never thought of as all that flat, and it looks like the flattest parts of the Midwest.
When I view almost any other city in the U.S. on google maps...they look incredibly boring. I was thinking of it today, the character of the hills and the narrow tall buildings found in Pittsburgh, just add to that feel or character of the place.

I also find it funny the term 'flatlanders' that I've been reading about on other message boards. I think it VT and WV that I've seen that term... 'we've got flatlanders coming in'...lol.
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