Labor Day Strike Tour

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StuInMcCandless
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Looking at this with fresh eyes, I think I am not going to include the Homestead and East Liberty sets in this. Since we will likely have a few new/different people on this, I think it makes sense to do part of the 2015 path in reverse. Start at Arsenal Park, pick up the Howling Mob Society marker at Liberty/39th first, then roll down to Lib/28th and so through the several points in the Strip. I would love to see the ones downtown but the Labor Day Parade will be in full swing. We can probably get to the 9th St Bridge without getting close to the parade or its staging area, and then see the points on the North Side.


zzwergel
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@stu, Is that near Arsenal School in Lawrenceville?


StuInMcCandless
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Yes, but meeting at the park, just up 40th St a bit. The Susie tree is next to the flagpole. When we roll, we will go out the 39th St side and climb to the parking lot on the park side of the Lib/39th corner.

The chance of rain looks to be zero all day, with temperature around 70.


zzwergel
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Ok, Since buses will be running on a Sunday Schedule, The bus leaves Aspinwall at 7:56 AM and 8:41 AM. These will arrive at Butler St. past 40th St. at 8:13 AM and 8:58 AM respectively. Since buses often run late, which of these buses should I get?

 


StuInMcCandless
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The later one, or bring something to read.


StuInMcCandless
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We had three on the ride! Thanks to Lori and Zack for joining me. I made a feeble attempt to roll video for a couple of the spots, but it did not turn out well.

We were able to get downtown to look at the AFL historical marker then rolled up to Grant Street to watch the parade for about 20 minutes. That was about enough, too. But it was useful to work in some parade viewing along with the history, to tie it all together.


Eric
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StuInMcCandless
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It’s time to think about this again. On this go-around I want to tackle some of the central and eastern points of Map 3.0 (see above). I also want to get some external people involved — historians, labor folk who don’t feel obligated to do the parade, teachers, maybe even a few students (either HS or college) with an interest.

No solid plans as of yet, though probably start at Arsenal Park (near 40th/Butler). Lightning or chance of storms cancels, but a little light rain does not, same as any parade. Plan and dress accordingly.

Monday, Sept 2, get there by 9:30, tires roll at 10. Intended to be in perfect conflict with the parade to avoid traffic (because everyone will be downtown).

Raisin’ the flag, who will salute?


The Iguana
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I have a small book.pamphlet ‘Labor History Sites in the Pittsburgh Region’ that showcases said sites. They have created an interactive map of the sites which can help plan a ride:

Pittsburgh’s Labor History Sites ~ an Interactive Map

 


The Iguana
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Regarding getting historians involved, Charlie McCollestor (co-author of the pamphlet as well as author of The Point of Pittsburgh…a history of Pgh from the labor perspective) is probably the most knowledgeable local labor historian. I’m not sure if he bikes, or if he is available, but we may be able to reach out to him along the route…


StuInMcCandless
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I actually did show up for this, but as expected got no takers. I did zero promotion other than this brief mention.

The Howling Mob Society marker at Liberty and 39th is gone. I’m pretty sure it was there in 2017.

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