Words and photos by Bruce J. Bales
When I think of Pittsburgh the word vivid comes to mind. The cityscape, the neighborhoods, and my experiences have all led me this word. Pittsburgh is, without a doubt, one of the most unique cities in America, and the vividity comes from the numerous characteristics that make the city what it is. At the heart of it, is the idea of a neighborhood. Pittsburgh is broken up into neighborhoods not only by choice, but by chance. The geography often isolates one area of the city from another with hills, rivers, or valleys. Thus, the neighborhoods stay intact. They are buffered against too much change, and although the city is changing rapidly, the vividity is still very much alive. Traditions are not forgotten. It is equally easy to see all the changes and to remember what is still the same.