A Visit to Rachel Carson’s Other House

Dr. Diana Post standing where Rachel Carson had her desk. Post holds a framed picture of Carson sitting in the space more than 50 years ago. The hope is to make the picture a reality and restore this portion of Carson's office to the way she had it.

Pittsburghers celebrate Rachel Carson, famed scientist who changed lives and how we look at the environment, as one of our own. Honors don’t get much bigger than having a prime bridge downtown named after you: Carson, along with Clemente and Warhol, make up our iconic Three Sisters bridges. There’s also a 35.7 mile Rachel Carson nature trail, and the Pennsylvania even named a state office building after her to house environmental protection and conservation departments. Carson was born on a … [Read more...]

The Oldest House in Pittsburgh is for Sale.

john woods house

Last Saturday, Urban Hike explored the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Hazelwood.  I have shared a few of the photos from the hike on Instagram and there have been several comments asking about the John Woods house. But this house! The John Woods house is the 2nd oldest house in the city. The house is owned by URA and is for sale. A photo posted by Iheartpgh (@iheartpgh) on Jun 22, 2015 at 7:38pm PDT The John Woods House has a long history in Hazelwood and is currently waiting for … [Read more...]

Pretty, Vacant: Recapping the Vacant Home Tour

VHTre_816 South Avenue

The Vacant Home Tour through Wilkinsburg took place on a hot Saturday, May 9th. 88 degrees was too hot to bike from Millvale comfortably, but I didn't know that until I was standing (uncomfortably) at the registration desk. The walking tour was a little over two miles round trip and, while technically not in the City of Pittsburgh, included a hill or two. Each tour goer picked up a booklet that had descriptions of each home and a map then were sent up the hill to Singer place to the first … [Read more...]

Saturday, May 9: Wilkinsburg Vacant Home Tour


This Saturday, May 9th, is the Vacant Home Tour of Wilkinsburg. Tour takers will spend 45 minutes walking through Wilkinsburg, be shown five vacant historic homes by knowledgeable tour guides, then be able to sit in on a workshop to learn what goes into buying one. If you're thinking "that sounds unique", you're right: it may be the first tour of its kind. And if you're thinking "I should go", then you're not alone: nearly 500 people have RSVP'd on their Facebook page. Best of all, the tour is … [Read more...]

Frank Lenz: Local Adventurer, Avid Photographer, Big-Wheeled Bike Enthusiast


Last Friday evening, I went searching for Frank Lenz, one of Pittsburgh’s most notable cyclists. To be fair, Lenz went missing almost 120 years ago, in Erzurum, Turkey, so I really didn’t have much hope of finding anything, but I figured I’d give it a shot. I headed over to the Brew House Art Gallery on the South Side, where David Herlihy, the author of The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance, was slated to give a talk about Lenz’s journey by … [Read more...]