Sometimes when I work downtown the scenery becomes a bit mundane, time for some visual diversity. For a colorful retreat with my students, I headed to West Park and the Mexican War Streets neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s North Shore.
There the tops of the city skyscrapers are juxtaposed behind a delicate yet dense growth of evergreen trees and a manicured pond. Across the street are row after row of bright, colorful and intricately detailed Victorian homes. Each one is unique from the next, though the neighborhood is uniform and authentic to historic standards. A nice diversion from the usual scenery around campus.