This evening I came back from the outer limits of Pittsburgh to run closer to its core, the Manchester neighborhood. Reading a little about it, I was surprised that the Manchester Historical District is Pittsburgh’s largest historical district, known for its Victorian homes. In spite of this historic designation, the area is bounded by the lifeblood of commerce; highways and railroads. Southern Manchester is close to CCAC and there’s a semblance of off-campus college life in that area.
I started along Brighton Road with its tree-lined street and community gardens. Going down Beech Avenue, a group spilled out down the street; which concerned me. A protest? A street party? No, it was a scene filming. While not a big production, with Haddad trucks, it still had a dozen people working the set, sound and lighting.
Continuing past the Victorian row houses, I meandered through the streets and alleys, including rather forbidding looking Buttercup Way.
Even along alleys there was lots to see here, from impressive doors to curious door-knockers.
Moving along, I came to one of traffic borders, with its high brick walls. This half-house with a high-rise a a backdrop really captures the ups and downs of this area.
Finally, I couldn’t pass up this car, quietly snuggled in a grassy lot.
I finished up as the evening grew old and shadows lengthened with a good five miles and several new streets under my belt.