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    MERVIS HALL-Univ. of Pgh.

    by VeronicaG Updated Feb 6, 2007

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    Mervis Hall-Univ. of Pgh.

    Favorite thing: Mervis Hall is located to the rear of Hillman Library and is part of the University of Pittsburgh. The Joseph Katz Graduate School of Business and other related offices such as the DeanĀ“s office, MBA Programs office, Career Services and the Office of Enrollment Management and classrooms are located here.

    Mervis Hall is within walking distance of the Univ. of Pgh. campus, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Library, Hillman Library and the Cathedral of Learning.

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    WESLEY POSVAR HALL

    by VeronicaG Updated Feb 6, 2007

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    Wesley Posvar Hall--University of Pittsburgh

    Favorite thing: This building is part of the University of Pittsburgh. It sits at 230 South Bouquet Street between the Hillman Library and Mervis Hall. Carnegie Museum is within walking distance of this location, as well as the Cathedral of Learning.

    Wesley Posvar Hall is the largest classroom building on the campus of The University of Pittsburgh (74,695 sq. ft.). It houses the School of Education, the Social Science Departments, the University Center for International Studies, Undergraduate College of Business and Administration and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

    It is located on the former site of Old Forbes Field, home to the Pittsburgh Pirates. A portion of Forbes Field wall remains nearby.

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    HILLMAN LIBRARY--UNIV.OF PGH.

    by VeronicaG Updated Feb 6, 2007

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    Hillman Library

    Favorite thing: This is one big library! It holds approximately 1,500,000 volumes of material which focuses expressly on the humanities and social sciences. Hours vary depending on the terms and testing periods, but is often open until 2 am to allow for research since it is part of the University of Pittsburgh.

    Parking meters are available in the front of the building, but there are also parking lots with hourly rates located at Schenley Plaza,Panther Hollow and at the Soldiers and Sailors Hall parking lot--all within walking distance.

    This facility is across the street from the Cathedral of Learning and within walking distance to the Carnegie Natural History Museum in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh. The address is 3960 Forbes Avenue. For more information call 412-648-3330.

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    UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

    by VeronicaG Updated Feb 6, 2007

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    University of Pittsburgh

    Favorite thing: First known as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787, then as the Western University of Pittsburgh in 1819 and finally as The University of Pittsburgh in 1908 is noted for being one of the top public research universities in the nation.

    The School of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Engineering, Arts and Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Informational Sciences are an example of the programs the University of Pittsburgh offers.

    The 132 acre campus has approximately 100 residence halls, academic, research and administration buildings. It serves 27,000 students with a faculty of 4100. It is located in the rich cultural district of Oakland, an area of Pittsburgh accented by museums and art galleries. For more information call 412-624-4141.

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    CATHEDRAL OF LEARNING--UNIV. OF PGH.

    by VeronicaG Updated Feb 6, 2007

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    Cathedral of Learning

    Favorite thing: Pittsburgh has many wonderful universities. The Cathedral of Learning is part of the University of Pittsburgh. It contains nationality rooms decorated in the theme of various countries around the world. Displays reflect the culture of each country. Hours are Sun. 11am-2:30pm; Mon.-Fri. 9am-4pm; Sat. 9:30am-2:30pm. Admission is $3.00 for adults, $.50 for children and $2.00 for seniors.

    The Cathedral of Learning is a 42 story Gothic Tower housing twenty-six classrooms. The Stephen Foster Theatre, where student productions are held, is also located here.

    The address is 157 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh.

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    The view of downtown exiting the Fort Pitt Tunnel

    by mikelisaanna Written Jan 2, 2007

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    The view exiting the Fort Pitt Tunnel
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    Favorite thing: One of our favorite things about Pittsburgh is the view of downtown that you get as you exit the Fort Pitt Tunnel, the city's main entrance from the south, and then drive across the Fort Pitt Bridge. One minute you are in a tunnel, and then a few seconds later you get this amazing view of downtown, and the surrounding rivers and bridges.

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  • Sorry for our rudeness.

    by ctoocheck Written Mar 19, 2005

    Favorite thing: Sorry about the rudness you may receive upon asking directions. But sometimes we might not quite know exact directions ourselves, or the directions would be severly long and complicated.
    Driving can be trickey, at least, what with all the hills and rivers n'at. I'd suggest getting a map if you're gonna do extensive driveing, or at least some mapquest maps. Busses are ok, you cannot hail taxis (you must call for them)
    Downtown is pretty clean and safe. If you get mugged there, the are like 600 old ladies who shop there all the time that have a one-up on you. The cultural district is likely safer at night as it has more stuff goin on. Oakland may be a bit dangerous. At least travel with someone else. Around Pitt and CMU, there are Police phones everwhere.
    Wilkinsburg, Braddock, The Hill: ugly places to aviod being alone outside, ever.
    Pittsburghers love the city (for whatever reason) and will help if we can without much work (haha). Or else we'll just blow you off somehow. Sorry.

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    Great coffee

    by Zmrzlina Written Jun 2, 2004

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    Prestogeorge

    Favorite thing: Prestogeorge in The Strip not only has great coffee selection, they've got great people to tell you about your coffee selection.

    To be fair, I also like Fortune coffee across the street, but I haven't got a picture of them yet.

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    The Little Things...

    by lovemycacti Written Feb 25, 2004

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    Pittsburgh

    Favorite thing: -When planning a trip to Pittsburgh it is best to order their tourism guide well in advance. Their tourism website is not the greatest and can be a little confusing. Your best bet is to check out the tips from this website - but you're well ahead of me on that one.

    -Coupons for top attractions can be found on their Pittsburgh tourism website, so you best check over there anyway although the font they use for information on attractions can be difficult to read with a 'squished' appearance.

    -Don't have a phobia of bridges. If you do, don't go to Pittsburgh as there are many, many beautiful traffic bridges that you'll have to cross sooner or later.

    -Don't be offended. When in places such as restaurants when you say 'thank you' many of the waiters/waitresses say "Uh-huh" instead of "Your Welcome". They're not being rude, thats just their way of speech. You'll also notice an accent if you're coming from outside of Pennsylvania.

    -Take your camera! Pittsburgh has some
    ah-mazing scenery! Their city skyline is remarkable day or night. Pittsburgh has done a great job at preserving their grand, historic buildings, but mixes very, very hip new buildings in. All together, it makes for quite the sight.

    -All major attractions seem to close at 5 or 5:30pm during winter hours. Many places are closed all on Mondays. Definately check your times before heading out to avoid disappointment.

    Fondest memory: There are too many wonderful places to visit here. I only had a day and a half to explore and would like to go back someday. If going on vacation here you can definately find things to keep you busy for 7 days.

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    Mellon Bank Center

    by yooperprof Written Jan 21, 2004

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    Financial Power

    Favorite thing: This is an old money town - and a banking center as well. The great Andrew Mellon was involved in the establishment of this institution which still bears the family name. Mellon - who was not only a banker but also a guiding force behind Gulf Oil and Alcoa - was also US Secretary of the Treasury for ten years, between 1921 and 1931, and then US Ambassador to Great Britain. A phenomenal art collector, he left his treasures to form the core of the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and a legacy from his estate paid for the construction of that wonderful museum on the Mall.

    Fondest memory: The photo shows Mellon Bank Tower from the courtyard of the Allegheny County Courthouse.

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    Schenley Park

    by yooperprof Written Jan 21, 2004

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    Pittsburgh's front yard

    Favorite thing: Schenley Park is just a bit to the west of the Pitt-Carnegie Mellon concentration. It's a good place to bring a book and catch some rays on an early summer's day. (If you're trying to get here from the Parkway, best use the Boulevard of the Allies exit.)

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    Three Rivers Arts Festival

    by flora1 Updated Aug 21, 2003

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    At the Arts Festival

    Favorite thing: The Arts Festival usually takes place the second and third weeks of June. There are artists from all over the country displaying everything from fine art, jewelry, fabrics, crafts, photography. Enjoy a combination of visual arts exhibitions, public art installations, musical performances and a fine arts and crafts market. The 17-day event spans Downtown Pittsburgh including Point State Park and a variety of sites along Liberty and Penn Avenues.

    The Three Rivers Arts Festival is a tradition that bridges artistic style and expression, mixing the contemporary visual arts with live music, theater and dance performances contributing to their year-round cultural commitment in Pittsburgh.

    Best of all, except for food and purchases, this is free!

    http://www.artsfestival.net/

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    Pittsburgh Regatta

    by flora1 Written Aug 21, 2003

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    Regatta at the Fountain

    Favorite thing: If you are in Pittsburgh during the first weekend of August and enjoy boating, be sure to attend the Regatta. There are high speed boat races on the rivers, anything-that-floats races, air shows,food fairs, and generally a great time.

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    Walking Tours

    by flora1 Updated Aug 18, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Pittsburgh is an old town with many historic buildings and interesting architecture. Buildings of note are within walking distance of each other and make a great walking tour. This website will help you plan your walking tour: http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/wt/html/historic_interiors.html#intro1

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  • Pittsburgh: the people are rude like easterners to

    by denver1982 Written May 16, 2003

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    Favorite thing: I have visited Pittsburgh three times, living at the moment in south-central Ohio, I go there sometimes the city is very clean and very good resturants all over(especially Italian ones), but the people in Pittsburgh are plain rude. Never ask people in Pittsburgh for directions or help if your a tourist or they'll either cuss you out or give you a bizarre look like "They are nice and must be from out of town". So if you decide too eat a good italian meal in Pittsburgh then have a directions ready before you get to this very, very difficult to navigate town.

    Fondest memory: Each time I have visited it seemed to have a interesting ethnic mix, but Pittsburgh is a very conservative acting town

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