STEEL & RIVER - PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - STATION TO STATION
Pittsburgh’s a city of steel and river. Its architecture, its buildings are skeletal: bare like bones. Water flows in, around and through it like blood in veins. The muscle is its people. These elements collide on the North Shore waterfront just outside Heinz Field, home to Steelers football on any given Sunday
There are some 24,000 boats registered in Allegheny County – one for every 13 city residents. And it looks like half of them are there on game day, at the confluence of the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers. So while summer holds out — before it gives way to fall and fall succumbs to winter — the water’s colors shift: river gray to Steeler yellow and black.
Today is opening day and most have tied up their boats a week in advance to grab prime real estate. Big screen TVs, generous buffets and coolers of beer line the wharf. Friendly Pittsburghers are quick with a cold one and good words about their city.
When did you show up?
“Two weeks ago. Started partying around eight this morning, most will be here past dark.”
What’s the score?
"Doesn’t really matter who wins, as long as I get that white envelope on Tuesday. You know what I’m saying? The numbers."
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