There’s an odd tradition around the
area. Resistance to crossing a
Considering our city sits at the point where the Allegheny River joins the Monongahela River to give birth to the
and considering the city boasts more bridges than , this is truly a strange problem. Venice
People from the south won’t venture even a mile to the north if it means crossing a bridge. Residents of the North Hills won’t set foot on the South Side because it’s across the river. Or worse, it could mean crossing TWO bridges.
This makes planning events challenging.
Recently, a long-time local resident of one of the southern suburbs was trying to explain this conundrum to a woman who had flown in from
North Carolina to put together a symposium in . “Well,” my
local friend said, “you can’t have it in the South Hills because people in the
North Hills won’t attend. They’ll have to cross a river.” Pittsburgh
The poor lady from
was flabbergasted. She was willing to fly
all this way for the event, but Pittsburghers wouldn’t drive two miles...if
they had to drive over a bridge. North
My local friend and I tried to explain as best we could. But to be honest, I don’t get it either. I live west of the city, and I drive into and around downtown, the North Hills, the East End, the
End, the South Hills and the South Side (two different places,
different side of the mountain) with no qualms. I cross big bridges and little
rickety ones. No problem.
My parents were cityphobic. It wasn’t the bridge (at least I don’t think it was) so much as it was traffic patterns. In
, if you make a wrong turn, you’re
screwed. We don’t have city blocks. We have triangles. And lots of one-way
streets. And quite a few streets that end because someone at some point planted
a building there. But the same street will pick up again a few blocks away. Or
should I say, a few triangles away. Pittsburgh
Even my GPS short circuits in
This cityphobia was the reason I became so proficient at driving over the bridges and into the city. If I wanted to do anything in town, I had to drive.
Now my husband has joined the bandwagon. He refuses to cross a bridge. So if I want to take advantage of all the goodies
has to offer, I have to drive. Pittsburgh
Can someone in the city explain to me exactly WHY people here won’t cross a bridge? And for those of you who live elsewhere, does your town have any such quirk regarding travel?