A break from fall in Mellon Park to take a walk on the South Side.
It’s the common pattern in the old rowhouse neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. Alleys were built between the main streets to serve the backs of the houses. But then the real estate became so valuable that people sold their back yards, and houses sprung up along the alleys. Here on the South Side, impossibly narrow alleys are full of small houses, some making up in dignity what they lack in size, others more utilitarian.