A few weeks ago, I made a road trip to Pittsburgh to visit Ikea. During my short time in Pittsburgh, I explored a few neighborhoods. I took the most photos in Southside Flats, a gritty but up-and-coming neighborhood south of downtown. From Wikipedia:
The Southside Flats is a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's South Side area. It is located just south of the Monongahela River. The neighborhood has one of the City of Pittsburgh’s largest concentrations of 19th century homes which has prompted outsiders to call the neighborhood the City’s Georgetown. It includes many bars and restaurants as well as residences. The main throughway in the Southside Flats is East Carson Street. This street is home to a significant portion of Pittsburgh's nightlife.
I'll add that I've never seen such a heavy concentration of tattoo studios in any other place. Literally, there were two or more tat/piercing studios on every block. The main street (Carson) also had a solid streetwall, with very few surface parking lots or other interruptions. The general vibe of the area and the mix of people I saw on the street felt similar to other perpetually-up-and-coming-but-never-quite-there neighborhoods in other Rust Belt cities, such as Ohio City in Cleveland; Hamtramck, Michigan; and Allentown in Buffalo. My travel partner said it reminded her of the Mission District in San Francisco.
It seemed like more so than any other major city I've visited, many elements of Pittsburgh are frozen in time, not through diligent preservation but rather because of a stagnant economy; art deco storefronts, the names and logos of long-forgotten railroads on viaducts and bridges, and plenty of late-1800s infrastructure such as soot-encrusted stone retaining walls, bridges and abandoned streetcar tracks.
Anyhow, Southside Flats. Full size images are in the Pittsburgh album of the Gallery.
My favorite photo of the lot. (full size)