First Urban Hike of 2016 on May 7th: Manchester & Chateau

3 05 2016

Come learn about these great neighborhoods filled with history! New and historic buildings will be highlighted on the hike. We’ll see before and after images of the neighborhoods and learn about both old and recent housing developments along the way. We’ll also roll by Bicycle Heaven! The hike is about 3 miles long and it should last between 2-3 hours. Bring water and snacks, if you wish. The hike will end near the Western Avenue business district with multiple points available for lunch.

This hike is part of an international event called Jane’s Walk, which commemorates Jane Jacobs, the author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities. The hike will feature how Manchester and Chateau were once a connected neighborhood that was severed by highway expansions. The thriving Beaver Street business district was completely demolished to make way for the Route 65 highway.

As always, we hike rain, shine, or cold, so be sure to bring the appropriate gear. This hike will be mostly flat, with a set of steps near the West End Bridge as the one exception.

Please consider taking public transportation to the hike. The starting location is a short walk from the Allegheny T Station that provides free service from Downtown. If driving, please be advised to parking restrictions on the streets and in parking lots.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, May 7th at 10:00 a.m.!

Starting location: Meet at the small parklet just to the west of the intersection of Allegheny and North Avenue.