Pittsburgh

Look into my eyes

On Pittsburgh's Mount Washington which overlooks the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers, one can find a parklet called "Point of View" which is a part of the Grand View Scenic Byway Park.

The park got its name from the bronze sculpture Point of View, by James A. West. Point of View depicts a face-to-face meeting between George Washington (yes, that George Washington) and the Seneca leader Guyasuta that took place in October, 1770.

Staring contest

If you step on the other side of the sculpture, there's a pretty decent view of the rivers and the city below.

 

 

 

 

Lawrenceville

Lawrenceville is one of the largest neighborhood areas in Pittsburgh. It is located northeast of downtown, and like many of the city's riverfront neighborhoods, it has an industrial past. And like many industrial-era neighbourhoods, it's gentrifying and becoming hipsterized.

 

That's bad news if you're looking for a cheap place to live, good news if you're going to eat out or are looking for live entertainment.

When travelling on business about a month ago, I got a chance to visit Lawrenceville after a day's customer meetings. Armed only with my X100F I went for a walk and sought out interesting stuff to shoot.

This is clearly a neighbourhood in transition; it will be interesting to see what it looks like in 5 years' time (or even 2).

Not so suite

Modern suburban mid-range hotels are strange. We all know who stays there: families on road trips and business travelers. People who want to be anywhere else, like home. 

These hotels are waypoints, not destinations.

And yet, they couch themselves in an aura of fake "luxury," by calling their rooms "suites" and dolling up the reception areas with a thin veneer of modernity and aspirational luxe.

But the rooms themselves offer no illusion.