On the Dead Man’s Hollow ride today (where I learned that the dead man had actually been a woman found hanging from a tree) we came back through Versailles and stopped to admire the assortment of vents and ventilators installed in people’s yards. There was some ambiguity as to why they were needed (radon?).
Being curious I consulted the interweb once I got back (to the nominal safety of my own) home. I found this excellent article by Anya Litvak (in the not-so-excellent Post-Gazette) that explains the history.
I also got to go on the “GTECH-Two Wheels Lots of Green” ride yesterday, starting and ending at the Wigle Distillery party space.
GTECH supports neighborhood projects that (re)use neglected urban properties and create community spaces. For the most part these were gardens (except for Randyland, in a category by itself), but each with a different purpose (for moms to hang out, for teaching kids about plants, for sharing produce, removing an eyesore, some space for neighbors to just hang…)
I thought I would snap pics, but got lazy. But the gtech people had a pro photog trailing after the riders, so expect them to put the stuff some place (well, other than in proposals).
I like these rides; you always get to learn something about the city and the citizens that make it interesting. And that there’s organizations that help it happen.