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    Unlike many large cities, Pittsburgh continues to have a vital and dyanamic downtown area. The downtown is located on the "island" between the juncture of the rivers. Bridges, and various forms of public transit connect this central portion to the residential areas across the rivers in the surrounding hills. This is the absolute heart of the city, making it slightly unique in an era in which more and more the heart of the modern urban area is moving out to the mall and the suburb. Though Pittsburgh certainly has an expansive metro area; it has not succeeded in tearing the heart out of the city.

Kaufman's, a classic traditional department store.


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