Weekly Photo Challenge from #Pittsburgh: Monument

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The US Steel Tower in Pittsburgh.

This is the tallest building in downtown Pittsburgh and one of the 50 tallest in the world at 64 stories. It is a monument to Pittsburgh’s history as it used to be the headquarters of USX Steel, which was the conglomerate that was created when JP Morgan bought Carnegie Steel.

What people don’t know is the building has the largest flat surface of any major skyscraper in the world at about an acre. There have been some movements to turn it into a park but the owners of the building – according to wikipedia – have never replied to requests by local organizations. I used to work in a long closed restaurant that was at the top of the building and it’s possible to see clouds roll by your window.

Some recent city of Pittsburgh legislation could change the city for the next 100 years…and it’s a good thing.

Some recent city of Pittsburgh legislation could change the city for the next 100 years…and it’s a good thing.

Every once in a while, I’ll post about local government and other things that make it better to live a carless life in downtown Pittsburgh. This link is to a guest blog post on the open data movement that is pulling the city into the 21st century. Please click the link and support the site. It’s pretty cool and is dedicated to modern urbanism around the globe.

Win Free Drinks in Pittsburgh’s South Side!

This post comes from Louis Kroeck of the Pittsburgh Happy Hour Blog and is part of a special day of shenanigans from other Pittsburgh Bloggers. You can see my post over on Syntaxx Errorrr, where I talk about- and link to – unique Pittsburgh ways to celebrate the warmer months that are finally here.

Mr. Kroeck has generously offered to buy some South Side happy hour drinks for one lucky person that can guess which bars own these basements. Pittsburgh basements have a unique character and special ambiance unique to our town. Please leave your guesses in a comment below.

The first three pictures are bar number 1:

Pittsburgh Bar one Pittsburgh Bar Two Pittsburgh Bar Three

These are bar number 2:

Pittsburgh Bar Four Pittsburgh Bar Five

These are bar number 3:

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Please make sure to visit the other great local blogs that are taking part in the event

A Librarian’s Lists and Letters

Beezus Kiddo

Crank Crank Revolution

D&T In the Burgh

Don’t Forget to Eat

Emily Levenson

everybody loves you…

jelly jars

‘lil Burgers

Ngewo’s World

Oh Honestly, Erin

Orange Chair Blog

Radio Chumps

Red Pen Mama

Sean’s Ramblings

Small Town Dad

Sole for the Soul

Tall Tales from a Small Town

The Firecracker Blog

The Pittsburgh Mommy Blog

The Steel Trap

West of Mars

Ya Jagoff

Yinz R Readin


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