I got most of these from the Historic Pittsburgh photo collection, which can be found here.
The Terrace Village Housing Project rises above the Soho section of the Hill District. 1941.
Ugh! Not sure where this is.
Basketball legend Connie Hawkins works with some kids in my neighborhood. Circa 1972.
Gazzam's Hill was a lightly developed section of the Hill District until 1940.
Don't know where this is, but I'm glad I didn't have to live there.
Fire on The Hill.
North Side rowhouses.
Not a pretty scene.
A grimy courtyard between two rows. I can't imagine how many lived here.
Pretty dense, huh!
Nice iron work.
Near Duquesne University.
Hill District Housing.
Flat rooftops in Soho. Most of this is still there. The Brady Street Bridge, in the background was razed in 1978. A worker lost his legs in the process. It was replaced by the Birmingham Bridge.
Houses in East Allegheny, on the North Side. Notice the lack of siding on the houses. Houses like this are now covered with white siding.
Trees obscure this view now.
These houses in Oakland were razed. Victims of Pitt's never ending expansion.
The lower Hill, prior to urban renwal.
This section of the East Liberty commercial district, was destroyed in a crackpot effort to save it.
Razed for the Porter Building.
The Hill District.
Allentown. The trolley still runs here.
Warrington Avenue prior to paving.
Beltzhoover Elementary School, my alma mater.
East Park School.
I grew up 2 blocks from here.
More old schools.
The Strip District was a teeming slum at the turn of the century. 18,000 people lived in a district 20 blocks long, and three blocks wide. Dense enough for you?
These were actually occupied.
Lincoln School, East Liberty.
The North Side. Pittsburgh still has many streets like this.
Manchester, prior to being rent by a highway.
McCandless School, Lawrenceville.
Montooth School, Beltzhoover. This was a club for many years, and was recently razed.
Westlake School, Elliot. My dad was a student here when it closed.
Riverside High, Esplen.
Long gone Knoxville Elementary.
Warrington Ave., Beltzhoover.
Woods Run School, North Side.
Note the "mammy" doll in the girls hand.
Humbodlt School, South Side.
Brilliant School. No one even lives around here now.
Old Central High School.
Tall and Italianate Hancock School on The Hill.
These bit the dust when J&L mill expanded after WW2.
Early 19th Century housing Downtown near the Point.
Franklin School, Hill District.
Bennet School in Homewood.
Allegheny High School.
East Park Elementary, North Side.
Fineview School, North Side.
This school still stands on West Carson St.
Not sure where these are.
Concord School, Carrick.
East Ohio Street.
Brushton School, Homewood.
Bayard School, Lawrenceville. This still stands.
Banksville school. This area remained rural until WW2.
Becks Run School. This is a bar now.
Fifth Avenue, Uptown. Before urban renewal.
Federal Street, North Side. PNC Park now sits to the left here.
Before and after. North Side.
Federal Street, looking toward the Sixth Street Bridge, and Downtown. PNC Park now sits to the right.
The Allegheny Market House. Built 1863, razed 1965. Maybe the worst decision made during the urban renewal period.
When the North Side was the separate City of Allegheny, this was it's city hall.
Federal Street looking north. This was all ripped out for a mall that failed.
On old hotel on Sandusky Street, North Side.
Sandusky Street being paved. My Great Grandmother grew up on these blocks.
Penn Avenue, Downtown. Some of this still stands.
The Penn Incline, looking towards the Strip.
The Pennsylvania Railroad station, before and after the railroad riots of 1877. The railroad punished the city by not building a replacement for 24 years.
Grim scenes, who knows where.
The corner of North and Federal, North Side. This is pretty much intact, but in dreadful shape.
This the same corner. Note how badly the corner building has been butchered. Only the placement of the windows betrays the fact that they are indeed the same building.
North Side under water. Prior to flood control, this happened all too often.
Fairhaven School, Overbrook.
Allegheny Center. This was flattened for the ill fated mall.
Hard to convince me that this impressive gem wasn't worth saving.