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Central Northside haunted house (18 Feb 2008 at 01:21)
Some people are obsessive-compulsive about running every street in Pittsburgh and others like my friend Sarah are obsessive-compulsive about visiting and photographing every one of the alleged streets in Pittsburgh that are actually staircases. I come along too. Here are some photographs from our last journey.

The highlight was a haunted (meaning burned- and weathered-down) house in the Central Northside, which had a stunning and limitless beauty born of its freeze-frame imploded decay. Aside from the apparent danger of being in there, it was one of the coolest places I've seen in recent memory, since it had thoroughly collapsed yet left some relics strangely unperturbed: like the purple dress hanging in the closet, or the conch shell and juju bees, or the coffee mug still sitting on the 45° electric range, or the bathtub and toilet that had fallen half-way into the basement or rollen down the stairs, repsectively. We spent so long in there that the rest of our party complained that they were getting bored waiting for us. Unfortunately my lens was not wide enough to capture what it was actually like to be in that place, making this picture of paint my only one that I'm really happy with. Still, an authentic Pittsburgh adventure of the highest order, and more to come!
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Anonymous (c-98-193-190-140.hsd1.tn.comcast.net) – 02.18.08 02:21:28

Thanks for the story, and at least one photo of your interesting discovery. The North Side is both eerie and fascinating. I never had the guts to actually walk into an abandoned house there, though (despite there being many to choose from).
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Jessica 8 (c-71-199-122-80.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 02.18.08 08:50:48
That looks like an awesome stairs tour!
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Tom 7 (h-66-167-91-19.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 02.18.08 10:46:43
Anon: Well, if you are in the neighborhood again and you can tread very lightly or levitate then I recommend this as your first.

Jessica: I know every time I go on an adventure I think it was the best ever, but this one was the best ever!
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