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The Strip
The strip is just outside of the downtown area, along the river. It is a dynamic area full of shops and stalls. The area got it's start as the dock section, where ships would come in with, among other things, seafood, and produce. In point of fact, the ships still come in, to the extent that Pittsburgh is the nation’s largest inland port. The area runs along the Alleghany, on Penn Avenue.

The area has it's beginings, as a part of the commercial port. Pittsburgh is the country's largest inland port, and has been for quite a few years.

Yet another Primanti Brothers restaurant. This one was put here to serve the dockworkers, but latter became a haunt for shoppers, and tourists. This location is famous for being open through the middle of the night, for shift workers.

Under the Primanti awning, and looking towards the main drag of The Strip.

A look down one of the other side streets, towards the river and the hills beyond. An impressive old church graces one of the corners.

A look up, yet another side street towards the busy main street of The Strip. There are shops and businesses everywhere.

Roland’s Grill looks down upon the strip. The balcony stands ready for outdoor dining, though it was too cold for this at the time this photo was taken.

Stores, shops, and stalls abound here, making the place look a bit like the New York of the forties. People fill the sidewalks, and cars fill the streets. Smells and sounds abound.

A look up the street at “Steelers Country”, and the Wholey fish market. The sign for the Fort Pitt Candy Company is visible to the right. This area mostly caters to the food shopper.

Looking up Penn Avenue shows The strip to be a very busy place, in the tradition of the old style shopping districts.

Inside of the Wholey fish market, shows that the market sells much more than just fish. There is a deli, with a variety of fresh foods, and an upstairs dining area. Note the train, running on a track up near the ceiling.

A Chinese food stall, with the fresh fish market visible up the block.

A customer awaits the preparation of some fresh hot food, on this cold February day.

Another Oriental food stall, show in the photo to the left. This mixes with the Italian, and the traditional American, shown below, all of which fill the streets and sidewalks here. This place is a food enthusiasts dream.

As a temporarily displaced Milwaukeean, I had to snap this photo. Actually, the Harley Davidson motorcycle is considered to be a local product here, since these bikes are assembled in York Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania macaroni, and cheese center. This is about as traditionally American as you can get. Still, it is hard to impress a person form Wisconsin, with cheese.

Restaurants, food stalls, markets, and the odd specialty shop. Make this the place to go, if you are seeking fresh food.

Shoppers seem cheerful enough, despite the cold. Food gathering has always been one of the more basic human activities.

Sidewalk signs announce a variety of fresh foods available. The whole area harkens back to an era preceding the supermarket.

Penn Avenue Pottery gives you something to contain you food, if you are a real traditionalist. There are a few other non-food specialty shops as well.

Off in the distance, tall building loom, and beckon. Pittsburgh abounds in the modern, and the traditional.
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