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click to enlarge Lincoln Highway - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Lincoln Highway
Deserted, empty, ghost town. Used together or separately, they all describe the look and feel of Downtown Pittsburgh during rush hour on Monday.

Normally overcrowded bus stops along Liberty Avenue merely provided a place to sit for a few on a smoke break. The Gateway T station, typically humming with people moving about, picked up and dropped off two people total in the time I was there. With trees blossoming along Fort Duquesne Boulevard, no one was in sight to admire them. And the usually bustling Boulevard of the Allies was one big empty swath of concrete, as if I was waiting for the winner of the Pittsburgh Marathon to make their way down the street to the finish line, void of cars.

Having gone to college downtown, at the now defunct Art Institute of Pittsburgh, I was used to seeing an empty Penn Avenue. That was 2007, almost 13 years ago. Well before bike and bus lanes, rooftop bars, and valet parking came to the city. But that's what it felt like today. I know it's for the better that we all practice "social distancing" and work from home to keep as many people as safe and healthy as possible, but I had to witness it for myself and share what I saw and felt with other Pittsburghers.


I can't wait to fill these streets, bars, restaurants, theaters, music venues, and ballparks with our friends and neighbors again.

click to enlarge Gateway T Station - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Gateway T Station
click to enlarge Roberto Clemente Bridge - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Roberto Clemente Bridge
click to enlarge 10th Street Bypass - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
10th Street Bypass
click to enlarge Fort Duquesne Boulevard - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Fort Duquesne Boulevard
click to enlarge Triangle Park Bus Stop - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Triangle Park Bus Stop
click to enlarge Forbes Avenue - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Forbes Avenue
click to enlarge Boulevard of the Allies - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Boulevard of the Allies
click to enlarge Gateway Center Park - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Gateway Center Park

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