Negley Run Was Here Walking Tours

Negley Run Was Here Tour

It is often said that to find your way around Pittsburgh, you need to be able to navigate by landmarks that are no longer there. To get to your destination, you may have to “turn right at the old bakery” or other extinct landmark. Though maddening to newcomers, these phantom places may remain in the collective memory for years and can be meaningful connections to a community’s past.

negley-run-pullquoteWhat happens when no one remembers a major ecological landmark, like say, a stream? Negley Run, like most of the streams in the City of Pittsburgh, is invisible to us today. The stream once connected Squirrel Hill to the Allegheny River, but today there is no collective memory of the stream and very few clues in our urban fabric. Change was unavoidable in Negley Run –located on a relatively flat area east of the city, the East End was farmed and later urbanized. The incoming waves of residents considered the water as a resource or a nuisance that had to be controlled and, beginning in the early 1800’s, the stream was systematically rerouted, straightened, channeled, and covered.

Negley Run Was Here is an effort to discover the traces of Negley Run and to understand how it shaped our community in the past and to speculate on what it could mean today. Negley Run Was Here is a project of Living Waters Of Larimer.

Our team leads group tours along the two branches of Negley Run’s historic path, which border Larimer on its eastern and western edges. The tour maps are available for download so that you can explore the landmarks through a self-guided tour at your leisure. Below are download links for the two maps for the Larimer Branch (western edge) and Silver Lake (eastern edge).

Living Waters Team Members Meet with Larimer Businesses

Since the spring of 2015, Living Waters of Larimer has engaged nearly a dozen neighborhood businesses and commercial property owners to discuss stormwater issues in our watershed. Property owners learned about the potential impact of green infrastructure projects, and how they could begin to collect rain water on their properties. Some businesses are pitching in by contributing goods or services to Living Waters to help us get educational materials to Larimer residents and to neighboring communities. East End Brewing hosted a meeting that brought a number of property owners and business owners into their space to learn about Living Waters of Larimer.

LWOL Meeting with Commercial Property Owners

 

Some of the local businesses and area organizations we have met with include:

  • Marcus Studio, Inc.
  • James Wood Works
  • Sculptor Jonathan Shapiro
  • GTECH Strategies
  • AE Works
  • East End Brewing
  • Broudy Printing

We are excited to maintain positive relationships with commercial property owners and to work with them on improving stormwater conditions in Larimer.