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Old January 25th, 2006, 12:25 AM   #1
Buffalo's Worst Nightmare
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Pittsburgh's glorious North Side, Pt. 2: Mexican War Streets

from: http://www.mexicanwarstreets.org/history.html

"Located on Pittsburgh’s North Side, in the heart of
the former City of Allegheny, the Mexican War Streets
is designated both federally and by the City of
Pittsburgh as a historic Victorian-era district. In
1848 General William Robinson, Jr. (later Mayor of
Allegheny) plotted out the Mexican War Streets
immediately following his return from the
Mexican-American War, which annexed Texas and
California. With patriotic fervor, he named the
streets after the war’s battles (Buena Vista.
Monterey. Resaca, Palo Alto) and generals (Taylor,
Sherman, Jackson). The land originally had been
provided to General Robinson’s father in lieu of
payment for services during the Revolutionary War."

Due to the suburban flight and
automobile-dependence... this once fully-functional
neighborhood experienced severe decline... and was
even slated for demolition in the 1960s.

Thankfully, in recent years... efforts have been made
to preserve and revitalize this great neighborhood.
Though there are still some small pockets of decay
(mostly in less desirable alley properties and the
northern fringe of the 'hood), much of the
neighborhood has been repopulated and corner
businesses have opened. People have begun to
recognize the special and unique character of the
Mexican War Streets. The tall rowhouses (featuring many architectural styles) built right up to the narrow tree-lined streets create a comforting sense of urban enclosure on a human scale.

alley housing

Every time you eat a hot wing, thank Buffalo NY.
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Old January 25th, 2006, 12:42 AM   #2
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Is this the latino district in Pittsburgh?
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Old January 25th, 2006, 02:09 AM   #3
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They were gonna demolish that? But thank god they didn't. Fantastic pics, thanks for sharing!
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Nice. Too bad the businesses are all boarded up.
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Old January 25th, 2006, 06:20 AM   #5
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That looks like a very "homey" place, most of Pittsburgh does. It would be great if all cities had that kind of "aura".
There's more to New York than New York City..... a lot more.
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Old January 25th, 2006, 07:21 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by DCKenny
Is this the latino district in Pittsburgh?
There is no Latino district in Pittsburgh, though there is a small enclave of Mexicans in the Beechview Neighborhood.
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