Paradise Waiting _ Vacationer
from Relief (2014)

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Biking down the newly painted protected bike lanes on Penn Ave.

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My New Home _ Bloomfield, Pittsburgh

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I moved into an attic apartment in Bloomfield, off of Friendship Ave. next to Friendship Park.  My streets name is Gross St.

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Keith’s House _ Polish Hill

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Polish Hill, like its name suggest, is a hill that was first settled by mainly Polish immigrants to Pittsburgh in the 1800s. But the name is a bit deceiving, since it’s more like the side of a mountain than a ‘hill’.  The tall houses and churches poke out from the side of the mountain, which is very lush and green.  There are only few constricted streets which lead into the neighborhood, giving it a quiet and cozy feel.  But a highway also goes through it, adding to the neighborhood’s secluded fabric.  Many of the house, like Keith’s are tall and skinny to conform to the topography, giving them amazing views and yards.

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Bayardstown Social Club _ Strip DIstrict

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Just another typical evening in a transformed vacant lot.

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I learned the game STUMP, where you try to hit other people’s nails into a tree stump with a hammer!

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Sofar Sounds Concert _ Manchester, Pittsburgh

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Morgan Erina.

Buddy Adam hosted Pittsburgh’s second Sofar Sounds home concert at his house in Manchester on the North Side.  Intimate and cozy.

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Harlan Twins.

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The VIP kitchen section.

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Grand Piano.

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Don Carter’s Tour _ Pittsburgh, PA

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The start of the school year, which means socials and ice breakers!  The head of my Urban Design department, Don Carter, is a native Pittsburgher who had centered his practice (Urban Design Associates) around redesigning post-industrial cities and cities in decline.  He even did a TEDx talk about Pittsburgh as not a “rust-belt” city, but as a “water-belt” city.  So who better to give us graduate students a tour of Pittsburgh than Don.  We started at Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall on Carnegie Mellon’s campus.

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Grandview Avenue Viewing Platforms _ Mount Washington.

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The planned development of Chatham Village from 1932  _ Mount Washington.

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PPG Place Plaza _ Downtown.

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Water Steps _ North Shore

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North Shore Trail.

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South Shore Riverfront Park _ South Side.

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Visiting Sites to be Redeveloped w/ Brian_ Pittsburgh

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Allegheny Landing _ North Shore.  Planned to be renovated.

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Acme Banana Company Building _ Strip District.  

City Banana and Tom Ayoob
Northeast Corner 21st and Smallman

"These two buildings were constructed in the early 1930s for the Catalano Purpura Fruit Company and the Pittsburgh Banana Company. In 1936 a gas explosion in the ripening room at Pittsburgh Banana destroyed the eastern end of the building, blew out windows throughout the Strip District and damaged the original bell towers at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church across the street, forcing their removal." Being demolished to make way for retail and condos.

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The City with Marissa & Sushmita _ New York City

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Island hopping at the final Summer Streets of 2014 _ Park Ave., Midtown Manhattan.

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Park Avenue Viaduct!

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Grand Central Station & MetLife Building.

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4th Ave. _ South Slope, Brooklyn

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Industry City _ Brooklyn

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The final Rooftop Films for the 2014 season _ Industry City, Brooklyn.

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Tacos _ East Harlem.

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Taipei, Taiwan

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Distracted driving, Taipei edition.

A few final scenes from my latest trip to Taipei.  This city always amazes me.

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Shilin District.

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Oyster Cakes _ Shilin Night Market.  My mom used to go to this exact same stand when she was a kid.  The owners daughter has since taken over.

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Ximen District.

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A corner Umbrella store _ Ximen District

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An all-you-can-eat buffet.  With all-you-can-drink beer.  Surprisingly, nobody was drinking.  They thought that beer took up unnecessary room in your stomach, which you should be filling with meat and ice cream instead.

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Tianhou Temple _ Ximen District. One of my favorite temples in Taipei.  It’s squeezed into a dense urban neighborhood, right on the main commercial street.

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View from the interior courtyard.

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Ximen.

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Certain products have started to note the grams of Carbon the packaging produces.

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My family seeing me off to the airport on the bus.  Bye!

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