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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 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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    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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  • STAY OUT Rude people, CRIME CITY USA

    by denver1982 Written May 3, 2003

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    Favorite thing: I spent a week in once in Pittsburgh

    One good thing about Pittsburgh: Its clean and there arent any steel or coal places in Pittsburgh

    THE NATIONS ARMPIT!!! Pittsburgh is just very filled with very rude people, I spent a week in Pittsburgh and the people are so nasty and almost verbally abusive. ask for directions and you get cussed out, visit a resturant and the service is terrible.

    The people of Pittsburgh are the reason why they lose so people, the city lost 10% of its people between 1990-2000.

    Oh, and I mugged at 11th and Liberty, the muggers are everywhere in downtown Pittsburgh

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    US Steel Building

    by yooperprof Written May 6, 2003

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    garden and steel

    Favorite thing: The planters add a softening touch to the plaza in front of the skyscraper, but this is still a monumentally strong, even brutal, use of structural steel. It took me a while to get to like the US Steel building, which is still one of Pittsburgh's tallest, but now I regard it as a historic monument from a time when the United States was still actually an industrial country.

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    Canyons of Pittsburgh

    by yooperprof Written May 6, 2003

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    Sunday morning quiet

    Favorite thing: Pittsburgh feels like a big Eastern City. The population these days is way down from its industrial peak, but the downtown area still has a great deal of activity that helps make this a vibrant city center.

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    Grandview Avenue

    by GUYON Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Pittsburgh

    Favorite thing: Climb to the Grandview Avenue (Mount Washington) to enjoy a beautiful viewpoint of the city and the confluence.

    Fondest memory: I went here at the day light and by night to take photographes. Unfortunatly, I had no tripod and the pics are blurred but I brought a good video.

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    David L. Lawrence Convention Center

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 3, 2010

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    Favorite thing: David L. Lawrence Convention Center, completed in 2003, is not to be confused with the original David L. Lawrence Convention Center that was completed in the 1960s or 70s. This convention center is state of the art, the largest certified green facility in the world. This is also the site of the September 2009 G-20 conference, a gathering of the leaders of the 20 great economic powers.

    The David L. Lawrence Convention Center is is the largest LEED-certified 'green' building in the world. This 1.5 million square foot facility is owned by the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County and managed by SMG. It cost $375 million to construct.

    The convention center is named for Davis L. Lawrence, four-time mayor of Pittsburgh, and governor of Pennsylvania from 1959-1963.

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    Union Trust Building

    by Ewingjr98 Written Jun 17, 2009

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    Pittsburgh's Union Trust Building
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    Favorite thing: The Union Trust Building was built from 1915 to 1916 by the industrialist and millionaire Henry Clay Frick. The building, originally named the Union Arcade, was a shopping center with some 240 shops spread over four of its fifteen floors. Today the entire building houses various offices, but the interior's circular rotunda is amazingly beautiful. The roof has some features that resemble a cathedral, because the building sits on the site of one of Pittsburgh's Roman Catholic churches, and the architect retained some religious design elements.

    Henry Clay Frick was born and raised in Westmoreland County, who earned his fortune by age 30 by making coke, a key ingredient in steel, from coal. Andrew Mellon loaned him the money to buy his company, and he later became a business partner with Andrew Carnegie in the Carnegie Steel Company, the predecessor to the US Steel Company which still exists today. After almost being assassinated, he created the St. Clair Steel Company, which boasted the largest coke works in the world. Andrew Frick is also credited with forming the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club whose dam failed in 1889 causing the Johnstown Flood. In Pittsburgh, Frick funded construction of the Union Trust Building, the William Penn Hotel (1916), the Frick Building (1902), and the Frick Annex (now Allegheny Building, built in 1906). Frick's name can also be seen in the Frick Collection, an art gallery in New York, and Frick Park, the city of Pittsburgh's largest park.

    Address: 501 Grant St., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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    WiFi in Pittsburgh

    by maestrousmc Written May 15, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Downtown Pittsburgh offers two free hours of wireless Internet access daily in outdoor locations throughout the the entire downtown Pittsburgh area, including the North Shore and lower Hill District. If you sit near a window, you can pick up the free WiFi in some indoor locations as well.

    The following link provides wifi hotspots in Pittsburgh. You'll notice the major coffee chains as Starbucks as well as US bookstores like Barnes and Noble and Borders. Both with a few exceptions will have a cafe with the usual items. The link will have a map and contact info. Wifi in Pittsburgh

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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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  • You absolutely must visit the...

    by JenCat Updated Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: You absolutely must visit the Carnegie Museum of Art & Natural History.

    Fondest memory: As is typical of most native Pittsburghers, most of my family lives nearby. My fondest memories are of that closeness and sense of community.

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  • You must know that Pittsburgh...

    by JenCat Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: You must know that Pittsburgh truely consists of many different neighborhoods. Each neighborhood is only 5-10 minutes away from the city-proper. Check out Oakland, Shadyside, the South Side, Squirrel Hill.

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    fair weather or foul

    by davecallahan Written Nov 22, 2007

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    fall day in south Pittsburgh
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    Favorite thing: with this web link you can check on the general weather conditions in Pittsburgh.

    http://weatherbug.excite.com/LiveCameras/Excite/LiveCameras.aspx?zcode=z4639&camera_group=1&enlarge=1&camera_id=PTTSB1&lid=CNXCCE

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    stop and go

    by davecallahan Updated Nov 26, 2007

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    Favorite thing: This is a link to real-time traffic information for all the major highways in Pittsburgh. It is really handy if you are in the area when construction (destruction) or weather hazards or during taffic times or if there is an accident occur and you need to route around the problem.

    http://www.traffic.com/Pittsburgh-Traffic/Pittsburgh-Traffic-Reports.html?ct=ma_map

    There is a general area map that shows the various problems on the major routes and then there is a video-audio option that tells you which areas to avoid and why.

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