This Saturday: Urban Hike + Jane’s Walk all over Allegheny Center & Deutschtown

2 05 2017

The first Urban Hike of 2017 is Saturday, May 6 in the Allegheny Center and Deutschtown neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. Meet at Arnold’s Tea at 502 East Ohio St. by 9:30 a.m. to start our hike (or 15 minutes early to grab tea or coffee at Arnold’s!)

This hike will be part of the 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 large parts of Allegheny Center and Deutschtown were demolished due to urban renewal and highway building. For example, the business district of the former Allegheny City (the third largest city in PA in 1899) was completely demolished in 1966 to make way for the Allegheny Center mall, office buildings, and residential high rises. East of Allegheny Center, Deutschtown / East Allegheny was cut in half by a highway. Before and after pictures will be shown at the hike.

The hike is about three miles long and should last between 2-3 hours. We have a few stops planned including City of Asylum’s Alphabet City, Alloy 26 in Nova Place, and sculptures in Deutschtown. The hike will end at Arnold’s Tea, which has sandwiches for lunch.

As always, we hike rain, shine, or cold, so be sure to bring the appropriate gear. If driving to the hike, there is 2-hour parking on East Ohio St. and 4-hour parking alongside the park on Cedar Ave. We also recommend walking, biking, taking public transportation, and carpooling!

We look forward to seeing you on May 6th!