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[Nov. 27th, 2009|10:27 am]
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Walked by the Slanty Shanty (a small apartment/retail building on the western border of current CMU campus, which CMU bought up to build more stuff on its land, from what I understand) just as it was being demolished. I would have stuck around longer, because (no offense to those who might have sentimental attachments to it as a house) watching shit get knocked down is kind of cool, but it was kicking up clouds of foul-smelling dust and I was downwind.
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[User Picture]From: groen
2009-11-27 04:24 pm (UTC)
This is twice now that you've been visiting Pittsburgh while I've been out of town. Clearly something needs to be done about this.

Also, does anyone else always get a "fall of Lenin statue/end of history" vibe from seeing a building they personally know come down, or is it just me?
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2009-11-27 04:36 pm (UTC)
Mr. Cohen, open this gate. Mr. Cohen, tear down this wall!
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[User Picture]From: gwillen
2009-11-27 05:26 pm (UTC)
Aw man I missed it.
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2009-11-27 05:35 pm (UTC)
Well it may still be going on. It is perhaps a more gradual process than my description entails.
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[User Picture]From: krasnoludek
2009-11-27 06:32 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if this is what you're referring to, but I was so sad to hear that that bar called Holiday on the other side of the train tracks was bought up by CMU to expand. I had never been there, but just the idea of this pink brick seedy gay bar with a lattice brick design shading its window, well, it seemed like an institution too unique to share such a common fate.

Back when I was at CMU, there was an Italian restaurant next to it that tried to be somewhat classy. I'm guessing that's been demolished too.
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2009-11-27 07:05 pm (UTC)
You're right on both counts; it's the italian restaurant, gay bar, and second-hand clothes store that were the retail thingies below which there were apartments.
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[User Picture]From: krasnoludek
2009-11-27 09:19 pm (UTC)
I felt like that building was nice, because otherwise coming down Forbes from Squill you don't get a sense of working class areas. It's all residential and then the campus, which is recessed from the street. And then you suddenly get the traintracks and a building that has been built on practically every square inch of the lot, with store fronts down below that have seen their fair share of attempts at small time entrepreneurship. It typefied the working class determination and persistence, and it was right there next to this shiny university. It (and places like Atwood) were good reminders of what old neighborhoods used to be like before blue collar jobs left the country en masse.
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[User Picture]From: ohhim
2009-11-28 05:09 am (UTC)
Was the adjacent National City -> PNC Branch going away as well? Given there is another PNC at Craig & Fifth, I'd assume PNC would be happy to part with it... I'll have to wander over on my drive back from the airport tomorrow.
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2009-11-29 10:54 pm (UTC)
No, I believe it's staying.
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[User Picture]From: gustavolacerda
2009-11-29 10:51 pm (UTC)
Is that where "Crimes of Fashion" used to be, and where Boriss and Aubrey used to live, and where a gay bar used to exist?
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2009-11-29 10:53 pm (UTC)
Exactly right.
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