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Classic Americana

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When I spotted this greenish two-story frame home in the German Village neighborhood of Columbus I was reminded of the John Mellencamp song “Little Pink Houses,” even though this house is not pink.

It represents in some ways a slice of Americana, although seemingly from a different era when many people lived in cities rather than suburbs or exurbs.

It represents a style of architecture once common, but now only created as a novelty. Does anyone build from the ground up frame homes with this design?

What caught my eye about the home, though, was the American flag attached to the middle column of the front porch portico.

Everything about this house suggests being neat and tidy and the flag adds a touch of color. It’s classic Americana.

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City of Bridges (And Boats)

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Pittsburgh is known for its rives, given that it is where the Allegheny and the Monongahela come together to form the Ohio River

With so many waterways the city also has a lot of bridges.

Show above is the cruise boat Dutchess plying the waters of the Allegheny as it takes patrons on a sightseeing tour beneath the bridges.

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June 21, 2018 at 6:04 am

View From Edgwater Park

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At the far west end of Edgewater Park is a bluff overlooking Lake Erie and downtown Cleveland. Although not shown in these images, the bluff features a script “Cleveland” sign that has proven to be quite popular.

With summer finally here, the number of visitors to the site will increase as will those visiting the park’s beach, which can be seen in both images.

Edgewater Park is also a good place to watch boats on adjacent Lake Erie and catch a sunset.

These images were made in late day light in late September on an unusually warm day.

Still Frozen

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Although it was a nice spring day and the weather was warm enough to comfortable walk around, Lake Michigan was still frozen along the Chicago shoreline.

The view is looking north toward a cluster of high-rise apartment and condominium buildings.

The ice would not last much longer. When I came through Chicago a few days later the ice on the lake gone.

When You Need a Lift in Baltimore

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If you need to get from one end of the Inner Harbor in Baltimore to another you can always hop aboard the water taxi. Shown is one of the boats used in that service on a summer morning.

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May 30, 2018 at 9:18 am

Standing Guard

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There is an admission charge to enter the Art Institute of Chicago, but some exhibits can be viewed for free, including the massive lions that stand guard  at the main entrance off Michigan Avenue.

The twin lions that stand on pedestals are as old as the museum itself, having been placed there in 1894

The Art Institute was established at its current site at the conclusion of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

The lions were sculpted by Edward Kemeys, who the Art Institute describes as a self-taught artist and “the nation’s first great animalier (sculptor of animals).”

The lions were unveiled on May 10, 1894, and have been viewed countless times by numerous generations of Chicago residents and visitors.

The sculptures weigh more than two tons apiece.

The Art Institute said Kemeys modeled them after African lions. The north lion is depicted as “on the prowl” while the south lion displays “an attitude of defiance.”

In the images above, the south lion is shown on top while the north lion is below.

Street Level View

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The Main Avenue Viaduct in Cleveland carries Ohio Route 2 and the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway over the Cuyahoga River and the Flats.

It is a cantilever truss bridge that was built in 1939 and at 8,000 feet was the longest elevated structure in Ohio until the 2007 completion of the Veterans Glass City Skyway in Toledo.

This view of the Main Avenue Viaduct was made from street level on the west bank of the Flats.

The next time you cross it, you might not want to think about how in 2013 the Federal Highway Administration said the bridge is “structurally deficient” and “fracture critical.”

I presume that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is unsafe, only in need of some repairs.