West View Park

West View Park

I didn’t grow up under a roller coaster, like Woody Allen’s character Alvy Singer in the movie Annie Hall, but I did grow up very close to one. I grew up in West View, the home of West View Amusement Park. I was a kid in the 1960’s and 1970’s, right before the park went into decline and closed. But even in its waning days,

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The Flight 93 Memorial

The Flight 93 Memorial

The most striking aspect of the Flight 93 Memorial is how isolated and hauntingly quiet the crash site is. The stillness almost has a physical presence. Located 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in Stonycreek Township, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the memorial is an easy day trip from the city, and one that packs a profound emotional experience. The memorial is 20 miles from Exit 110, the

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Brighton Heights & “Pappy’s Flowers”

Brighton Heights & "Pappy's Flowers"

I’ve always enjoyed my neighborhood. A few years ago, I began to notice many improvements within the area, and realized that the Brighton Heights Citizens Federation was largely behind them. The BHCF has impacted Brighton Heights in the same way that other good civic organizations have added value to the neighborhoods they represent. I decided to attend one of their monthly meetings to show my

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Port Pittsburgh: Locks and Dams and Inclines

Port Pittsburgh: Locks and Dams and Inclines

Pittsburgh is home to three rivers and two in cable car inclines. Most residents and tell you that the Monongahela River and the Allegheny River join at the point to create the Ohio River. Some can tell you which incline is the Duquesne, and which is the Mon. But many do not know the intricate details that make our rivers and cable car system so

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