Pittsburgh: The Denizens of the Shallows

Pittsburgh has a fleet of boats that do cruises on the Three Rivers. If you’ve ever taken one, you’ll remember these mildly horrid things. As you cross the access way to the pier area of the fleet, the water is fairly shallow and these carp cluster there, hoping that passersby will feed them.

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Pittsburgh Pic: PNC Park and why baseball suits the digital lifestyle

I know I’ve posted about it before, but PNC Park is arguably the best baseball park in the United States, and probably the world. This is shot from across the Allegheny River. There are no bad seats. It’s affordable. Parking across the river and walking the Roberto Clemente Bridge past all of the street vendors and the dude who knows four licks on the saxophone on your way to the game — it’s awesome. The Pirates aren’t great this year, but that’s okay.

I think that the resurgence of baseball has less to do with the rule changes and getting out of the PED and strike funk of the 90s, and more to do with the fact that it fits the way that people want to experience an event now. The pace of baseball is slow, and the times you have to really pay attention become very clear by the surrounding circumstances. It means that you can go to a game and for the most part pay partial attention to what’s going on while you send Snaps to your friends and goof around. If things get serious, you can focus for a few minutes, then it’s back to Twitter. Attending a major league baseball game fully supports the digital lifestyle.

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Pittsburgh Pic: Gateway Fountain

This is a summer view of Gateway Fountain — a space between the various Gateway Center buildings in downtown Pittsburgh. When I worked near the triangle, as opposed to East Liberty where I am now, I’d sometimes grab a coffee from one of the nearby places and hang here if the weather was nice. It’s an interesting and not too well-known space.

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Pittsburgh Pic of the Week: Schenley Park

The big battle in the middle of LFBD takes place in Schenley Park. It’s a fantastic urban park with all kinds of areas, and I’ve included a few pictures below to help you visualize it.

Here’s one with a dog. I’m pretending it’s Babd:

and finally…

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Pittsburgh Pic of the Week: Something Rotten

Pittsburgh has a thriving theater scene with a nice number of high quality local troupes (PMT! CLO!). Something Rotten did the second stop of their post-Broadway tour in Pittsburgh and I had the chance to see it earlier this month. I love the music and the book — it’s so funny. I just learned that one of the writers also wrote Chicken Run, which I consider a cinematic masterpiece (not joking). Mind blown.

Here’s a shot of the show:

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Pittsburgh Pic of the Week: The Strip at Night

In the first half of the book, Lincoln and friends visit the Strip District of Pittsburgh at night twice. While this isn’t the most high quality photograph, this is a really good representation of what it looks like down there.

This is exactly what I was picturing when they all exit the movie studio. So now you know!

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