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Old 02-19-2010, 02:29 PM
 
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As someone who grew up in Pittsburgh in the '70's and '80's, I am nostalgic about that time in the city's history, also fascinated by its history well before my time. My parents who are both gone told me much about what it was like when they grew up, as did my maternal grandparents tell me something of their time. Our family has roots in Homewood, East Liberty, the Lower Hill, and the near South Hills. I hope this thread brings back memories for those of us who have our roots in Pittsburgh, and that it's of interest to those of you that have adopted Pittsburgh as your home.

Please post any videos, photos, and more importantly post any thoughts and/or recollections of your particular Old Pittsburgh. Talk about old time mayors, sports and show business celebrities, the characters that sold hot pretzels on the corner, favorite restaurants that are now gone. Tell us about your neighborhood(s), your schools, where your parents lived as kids, and just anything that you think is interesting. Thanks.



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Old 02-19-2010, 03:16 PM
 
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Does anybody remember this little hole in the wall fast food place? Raywell's on the corner of Forbes and Wood, had the best kielbasa sandwiches, and for only about 40 cents.

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Old 02-19-2010, 03:49 PM
 
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A nice shot of the Lower Hill before they tore it down for the Civic Arena.
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Old 02-19-2010, 05:09 PM
 
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Old 02-19-2010, 05:15 PM
 
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A nice shot of the Lower Hill before they tore it down for the Civic Arena.
That was a WAY long time ago, some time in the 50s, no?

Cool stuff, BTW.
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Old 02-19-2010, 05:25 PM
 
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My parents, who are in now in their late 70s, both grew up in the East End and have told us kids many stories of what it used to be like. I cherish this information. My dad grew up in Garfield when it was a mostly Irish neighborhood. He always has talked about what East Liberty was like and how it had five "shows" (Movie Theaters) He talks about Larimer Avenue being a Little Italy back in the day. He said that East Liberty rivaled Downtown. He caddied as a teen at Stanton Heights Country Club, which was in the area above Stanton Avenue and off of Mossfield Street bordering Allegheny Cemetary for much of the way. Hundreds of houses were built there in the 1950s. He used to walk to Central Catholic every day in high school. Across from Central Catholic was Duquesne Gardens, which is where the Pittsburgh Hornets Hockey Team played. I could on and on just from my parents stories alone. Pittsburgh's PBS station WQED Channel 13 has had documentaries for may years on Pittsburgh. The host of these programs is Rick Sebak. One of the very first ones was made in the 1980s and was entitled "Things that aren't there anymore." You may be interested in these.
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Old 02-19-2010, 05:46 PM
 
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My parents, who are in now in their late 70s, both grew up in the East End and have told us kids many stories of what it used to be like. I cherish this information. My dad grew up in Garfield when it was a mostly Irish neighborhood. He always has talked about what East Liberty was like and how it had five "shows" (Movie Theaters) He talks about Larimer Avenue being a Little Italy back in the day. He said that East Liberty rivaled Downtown. He caddied as a teen at Stanton Heights Country Club, which was in the area above Stanton Avenue and off of Mossfield Street bordering Allegheny Cemetary for much of the way. Hundreds of houses were built there in the 1950s. He used to walk to Central Catholic every day in high school. Across from Central Catholic was Duquesne Gardens, which is where the Pittsburgh Hornets Hockey Team played. I could on and on just from my parents stories alone. Pittsburgh's PBS station WQED Channel 13 has had documentaries for may years on Pittsburgh. The host of these programs is Rick Sebak. One of the very first ones was made in the 1980s and was entitled "Things that aren't there anymore." You may be interested in these.
I lived on Broad Street for a while when I was a kid, between Fairmont and Graham, in a neighborhood that they called Irish Hill. We went to St. Lawrence Church. My grandmother was from Larimer Avenue. Duquesne Gardens I'm told had some top notch boxing matches also. When I was a kid we played in an open field between Broad and Penn we called the cow field. Later they put an Eat 'n Park there. Thanks for your post. I always get homesick on Friday afternoons, remembering all the great Friday nights I had in Pittsburgh.
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Old 02-19-2010, 05:49 PM
 
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That was a WAY long time ago, some time in the 50s, no?

Cool stuff, BTW.
I'm pretty sure they built the Arena right around 1960. My father grew up in that neighborhood. The Lower Hill must have been something pretty great. I see that the Epihany Church is still there. That was the home of, started in the church cellar btw, of The Pittsburgh Lyceum, home of some of the best prize fighters in the history of the game. They had at one time, maybe in the '30's, five of the eight world champs fighting out of that gym!
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Old 02-19-2010, 06:04 PM
 
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I'm pretty sure they built the Arena right around 1960. My father grew up in that neighborhood. The Lower Hill must have been something pretty great. I see that the Epihany Church is still there. That was the home of, started in the church cellar btw, of The Pittsburgh Lyceum, home of some of the best prize fighters in the history of the game. They had at one time, maybe in the '30's, five of the eight world champs fighting out of that gym!
The Civic Arena was completed in 1961.

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Old 02-19-2010, 06:06 PM
 
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What's happening with the new Arena, and what are they going to do with the old one? Raze it, I guess. But what goes in that spot? Just parking?
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