The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

Winding down

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

Whew, that was kind of an epic walk I showed y’all this week, huh? Wait till you see the next one, which made this week’s one seem like a stroll. After descending down that crazy flight of stairs shown in yesterday’s post, a humble narrator scuttled across the Monongahela River using the South Tenth Street Bridge, and soon found himself back to the increasingly familiar South Side section for my transit connection.

To connect with the T Light Rail at the Station Square stop, I’d need to walk a fairly negligible distance – if it’s even a mile I’d be pretty surprised. I opted to use one of the rail trails to negotiate the distance. Our Lady of the Pentacle and I had a social engagement this particular evening back in Dormont, if memory serves.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

It’s fairly obvious why I followed this particular path, ain’t it?

As you may have noticed, I’ve crossed a certain boundary in terms of how I’m looking at things in Pittsburgh, and beginning to get granular in my explorations rather than doing the broad stroke stuff. We’ve also crossed the six month point, in terms of leaving NYC behind. It’s become ‘normal’ – waking up and going to sleep here.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

I was rewarded for my choice of path when a freight train came roaring through, which put the cherry on top of my photo sundae.

Back next week with more from the Paris of Appalachia, at this, your Newtown Pentacle.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

May 5, 2023 at 11:00 am

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  1. 2nd picture depicting Pittsburgh as a place of much crisscrossing, changing levels and swerving around. Great picture!
    I’m enjoying this.

    Oh, I saw an episode of Engineering Catastrophes ( I think) on Science Channel the other day. A repeat from 2021 (maybe, sorry for vagueness). Anyway, it featured Pittsburgh with the collapse of a retaining wall that affected a road and some apartment buildings (they were able to evacuate before the devastating collapse). It was very interesting but, because of following your adventures, I noticed just how fragile hilly areas can be. I’m not positive but I think it wasn’t an old retaining wall but was due to geology. Here is where my skeptical side comes out as I actually wondered about facts and $$$$ coming into play with the findings.
    I wonder about A LOT these days.

    Jaye Haviland

    May 5, 2023 at 11:24 am

    • About a month ago, in Clairton I think, a Boulder the size of a house came rolling out of a hill and landed on/blocked one of the interstates for about a day. Gravity, it affects us all.

      Mitch Waxman

      May 5, 2023 at 11:39 am

  2. I heard the gravity is pretty bad where you are so be extra careful!


    May 6, 2023 at 11:40 am

  3. […] That’s what that South Side section which I’ve been visiting recently looks like from the water. We were there on last week’s Friday post. […]

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