A collection of photographs shot in April 1940 shows Railroad Street in the Strip District as a dusty brick lane lined with drab foundries, factories, warehouses and produce yards. These days, brightly lighted modern office buildings and apartment complexes rise above the old street, now paved. Change arrived quickly. Go to Google Maps and check out the 2015 view of the street. Parking lots and steel sheds occupied land where many of the new buildings now stand. Few city streets have experienced such dramatic transformation. A few hints of the street’s past remain, but they’re getting hard to find.
Steve is a photojournalist and writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, but he is currently on strike and working as a Union Progress co-editor. Reach him at email@example.com. More by Steve Mellon