Free walking tours of Pittsburgh neighborhoods with the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation

Take advantage of the cooler weather to explore Pittsburgh with the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation.  The PHLF is offering a couple of free walking tours this month in cooperation with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh.  One tour is on the South Side, the other is in the Hill District.  Here are their descriptions of the tours:

Saturday, September 7, 2013
South Side––From River to Rail Explore South Side from a new perspective as we walk along 18th Street, from the Three Rivers Heritage Trail along the Monongahela River to the railroad tracks and the steps going up the South Side Slopes. Hear the story of how the Flats and Slopes developed. See the new housing development along the river and hear how South Side is balancing the needs of businesses and residents while working to keep this historic neighborhood vibrant. Meeting time & location: 1:45 p.m., 1720 South Shore Court, 15203 Tour guide: Karen Cahall (PHLF) and neighborhood representatives.

Saturday, September 21, 2013 Hill District––Centre and Wylie Avenues
From the long-awaited grocery store now under construction to the Thelma Lovette Family YMCA on Centre Avenue, improvements are in progress along Centre and Wylie avenues. Learn what else is in the works for this area of the city where so many immigrants once settled and where jazz greats and Pulitzer-prize winning playwright August Wilson found inspiration. Meeting time & location: 1:45 p.m., Freedom Corner (91 Crawford Street, 15219) Tour guides: Karen Cahall (PHLF) and neighborhood representatives.

Each tour is limited to 25 participants. Reservations required. Contact: Mary Lu Denny(412-471-5808, ext. 527).  Click here for the full schedule of tours this fall.