9/49.- Pittsburgh, Downtown in front of the Wm. Penn Hotel


Behind Saks of Fifth Avenue looms the PPG building, that ostentatious glass phenomenon Don't sneeze unless it cracks. All part of the Renaissance of Pittsburgh. The economy of the city was based on its steel mills, coal-mining and glassworks. Great for some, whose hands shone like stainless steel as they hacked at the land for fortunes few others would know. Not so great for the masses who had to inhale the pollution. Pittsburgh became famous not just for its iron and steel, but for its smog and fog. The Renaissance programme was engineered to clean up the city and build, build, build. Saks is looking fine and dandy with autumn trees reflected in its windows.

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