On a trip out east, I passed through Pittsburgh PA. I spent Sunday morning wandering through the nearby 'Strip', a funky, little shopping district in the industrial area along the Allegheny River, where George Westinghouse built his first factory in 1871. The Strip is home to ethnic restaurants, grocers, meat, fish and produce markets, street vendors and an occasional street musician. The setting includes a lot of interesting street art, advertising and graffitti. Good place for interesting photo opportunities.
These two strange photos were of an outside wall along one of the many funky, old industrial buildings near the Strip. I believe the red object is an anchor for a boat, but I haven't a clue as to the meaning of the numbers on the wall, although I'm sure they have a meaning. I spent some time looking for some pattern to the numbers, but came up empty. My guess is that they have something to do with fish.
Sunday afternoon, I took a little stroll through the downtown area near our hotel. As is typical of most big city downtown areas, Sunday is a quiet day.
In many ways, downtown Pittsburgh looks a lot like other big, American cities - with an imposing highrise skyline and yet, some folks just living on the street.
When we arrived in Pittsburgh, I noticed that there was a Planned Parenthood office near our hotel, so I thought I would check it out. Sure enough, amidst the deafening quiet of downtown Pittsburgh on a Sunday afternoon, there was a group of 'faithful' demonstrators picketing the office. They were praying when I first noticed them - not a photo op I was able to take advantage of, without being a bit too intrusive, so I simply walked by and wandered back a few moments later. Curiously, most of the demonstrators just happended to be old, gray-haired, white men - protesting against the freedom of women to make their own choices about their own bodies. There seemed to be something wrong with this picture.
That's it for this blog. Stay tuned for more photos from my trip to Ohio.