The Vertical Neighborhood

Polish Hill, Pittsburgh
Polish Hill, Pittsburgh

Polish Hill has long called itself “Pittsburgh’s most vertical neighborhood” and you can see that you are on the edge of a very steep street, and with the descending roofs of the buildings on the left this street is at least one example of that designation. They are all pretty steep, many just as steep as this one, and all dominated by Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church where mass is still said daily in Polish, the industrial and warehouse district of Pittsburgh beyond, and the Allegheny River and the 31st Street Bridge beyond that. It has its share of immigrants and descendants of immigrants and working people and young people, all clinging to the hillside.

Below is another shot I found interesting because I liked the bike parked by the rail at the top of the hill, and still the church over all; these buildings are the backs of the ones seen in the photo above. But it was a dark snowy day and there was an ambulance behind me so I had no time to get out of my car to get the photo. One of these days I’ll go back.

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A bike at the top of the hill.

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  1. Lol. Took not a fraction of a second to recognize home, even though I’m from all the way out in Aliquippa. Hope to get back there and photograph all the places (like this) in my head. Thanks for posting this and taking me back.

    1. Thanks for commenting! I hope to get all over Pittsburgh to get the photos I dream of, but the best I usually do is snap them through my car windows. hope you get yours!

    2. Not too many of us around! It’s a good Catholic name, though, goes with our region–Catholic school for me, though I don’t profess any religion now.

      And I snap from the car window all the time–no cell phone but I’m plenty distracted with a camera.

    3. It’s actually good for stories now, Catholic school and all.

      I like snapping through the bus window too, and several years ago did an entire exhibit of photos and a few paintings from the 100 West Busway route.

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