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Carson Street
If The Strip is all about food, then Carson Street is all about shopping. Carson Street is across the Monongahela River, a few miles up from the Station Square area, and runs approximately parallel to the river, along the foot of Mount Washington. It is almost entirely composed of little shops, storefronts, and owner run businesses.

Towards the Eastern end of Carson stands a line of new construction. This area had formerly been an industrial area full of factories. More recently this area was largely open fields and lots, the factories having moved on.

New construction generally means developers, and chain  businesses. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. Though I like the variety of specialty shops, made possible by independent ownership, I also like some of the chain stores.

A multiplex theater sits at what is now nearly the eastern end of the shopping section. beyond this are lots, some commercial structures, and residential areas. The city then begins to thin out.

A look to the south shows row upon row of houses climbing the surrounding hills. Some of these structures are quite old, having considerable historical value.

The Carson Street shopping area, proper, is busy, closely packed, and filled with a variety of small stores, and specialty shops. This is where you go if you wish to open a little business of your own, or if you wish to find something that the big stores don't sell, locate a service that the chains do not offer, or seek an expertise that the clerks and salespeople in the big stores do not have.

A look down the side streets, and up at the surrounding hills shows a large amount of single family housing. The houses marching up the sides of the hills, make this look like a picture postcard.

This is the kind of busy mixed business and residential areas that make city living colorful, interesting, and fun. The photo is taken at Carson street, looking down a side street, towards the surrounding hills.

These solidly built, old brick houses will probably stand here for another century, at least. There are numerous structure here, which date nearly to the foundation of the country. This particular street is seeing some renovation. Because of the desirability of the housing here, nothing is allowed to get very run down for very long. Actually, this seems to be the case throughout the city.

All of this traffic was generated during mid afternoon, on a weekday. I would be interested to see what the area is like on a weekend. The cross street here, is one of several which lead to bridges over the river.

More traffic, more business, and more housing climbing up the hills above it all.



It would be insulting to call these brick houses quaint, because they are still so involved with the pulse of the city, though they are removed enough to give just a bit of isolation form the activity below. .

A look down row houses, which which would not have been out of place fronting the cobblestone streets of over 100 years ago.

A couple of shots taken through the rental car window. These types of little shops are everywhere on Carson Street, mixed in with restaurants, taverns, low rise offices, and the odd chain store. You could spend the better part of a day, or more, wandering up this street, and checking all of the little shops.

We are up at the northern end of Carson street. The traffic, and storefronts have thinned out by this point.  Once around the bend in the middle of the photo, we begin to hit the Station Square and downtown areas.

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