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The houses in Pittsburgh has a Philadelphia, Baltimore, and DC feel to it. If I was there, I'll probably feel at home.
 

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wow!!! what a stunning post!!! some of the rows are fabulous, some dreadful, some blah, some middlebrow, but what a variety. thanks again. cities are more than just downtown high-rises. neighborhoods make or break a city. great job, herodotus.
 

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Good pictures.

Yea, Pittsburgh has a lot of different styles of rowhouses. Although with the rugged topography, helps to make the city really interesting.

Like St. Louis, Pittsburgh has suffered way too much depopulation. But that solid sturdy, brick housing stock helps to insure that both cities have a future.
 

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What I don't get is why when Pittsburgh's economy is improving so much, it's population is still plummeting?
 

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because it is a dredful city to live in. 2/3 the year it is raining or just grey outside. i know all the people who still live there use the "but the city is beautiful in spring summer" line witch in part is true. but i left because i could not stand another grey day. and all the brick and concrete helps to add to the dispare. i love pittsburgh, dont get me wronge but its too gloomy for most.


as far as the row houses. the ones in the southside are awuful. i was looking into an apartment down there once and i opened the door and 5 feet across the living room was the wall to the next apartment. to tiny for me!

good post though. please dont attack me!
 

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To add to what's been said, Pittsburgh is really nice city with a compact, walkable & fairly vibrant downtown in the Triangle, & nice neighborhoods like the ones pictured. But Pittsburgh's economy has been stagnant for decades since the steel mills closed. There's been a lot of outmigration mostly of the youthful & very little in the way of immigration. While its physically quite different, demographically & economically Pittsburgh's very much like say Buffalo. Western Pennsylvania is very similar to upstate NY.
 

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Yeah, Western Pa. and Western NY have struggled much more than the areas to either side of us. The coastal cities have pretty much left their blue collar days behind, while the Midwestern cities have held on to a decent amount of manufacturing. Buff and Pitt have largely shed their factories, but have struggled to locate new areas of commerce.
 

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pittsburgh is a sweet old place and quite liveable, in my opinion. one of my cousins lives there and thoroughly loves it. it's not for folks that need to live in new houses on golf courses.
 

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bungalowbuck said:
pittsburgh is a sweet old place and quite liveable, in my opinion. one of my cousins lives there and thoroughly loves it. it's not for folks that need to live in new houses on golf courses.
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because it is a dredful city to live in. 2/3 the year it is raining or just grey outside. i know all the people who still live there use the "but the city is beautiful in spring summer" line witch in part is true. but i left because i could not stand another grey day. and all the brick and concrete helps to add to the dispare. i love pittsburgh, dont get me wronge but its too gloomy for most.


as far as the row houses. the ones in the southside are awuful. i was looking into an apartment down there once and i opened the door and 5 feet across the living room was the wall to the next apartment. to tiny for me!

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eh...but it Is true that Spring-Summerish time is absolutley amazing. and some ppl dont mind grey weather as long as it's not too cold or hot. In Eastern Pa, it is sunney a lot but it is always jsut too hot or too cold. this city has nice summers even if they can get cloudy. Wheneaver get over their, it actually is sunny though.
 

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I do think pittsburgh could clean itself up a little bit. Eventhough it has a fairly low crimerate compared to most cities its size, it just looks "destressed" in many parts. It looks like many people haven't updated their homes in decades. Lots of those dreadfull cloth overhangs over windows. Pittsburgh is a great city with great charecter and great history, it just needs to improve it's appearance a little bit. Rochester has a similar problem in many of its neighborhoods, so the new mayor sarted sort of a "spring "cleaning" program this year called Rochester Street Sweep. It just gets people to clean up trash on their streets, spruce up their yards and maybe give their houses a fresh coat of paint or something. It can come with some pretty surprisingly great results.
 

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Cloth overhangs? You mean awnings? What's wrong with awnings? There ain't much painting that can be done in Pittsburgh. There are more brick houses than there are wood, and most of the wooden ones are covered with various types of siding. Neighborhoods full of stoop fronted houses are rarely going to be pretty unless they were high end hoods when first built. They may have a gritty charm to them, but they are rarely pretty. Coming from a largely row free city (Rochester), it just may be a look that you can't get used to. As they say, different strokes for different folks.
 

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Yeah, the awinings... you don't think they're ugly? Those things phased out in like the 50's.... and it looks like some of them have been on those houses since then. I mean, there are some houses in those pics above that if they lost the awnings, repaired the sloping porches, and maybe painted the window moldings, would look fantastic.


These are beautiful...












But THESE? Not so much.




















 
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