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Area Residents Rediscover Downtown Pittsburgh For Unique Holiday Experience


MONDAY. IS EXPECTED TO BE THE LARGEST SHOPPING DAY IN U.S. HISTORY. DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH AND CERTAINLY NOT THE SAME AT THE HOLIDAYS WITHOUT THOSE MAJOR DEPARTMENT STORES. BUT THE CITY SHOPPING EXPERIENCE IS BEING REINVENTED. MONEY EDITOR JOHN DELANO TAKES A NEW LOOK AT 11. DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH WAS HOPPING ON BLACK FRIDAY. WE DISCOVERED BY THOUSANDS KICKING OFF THE HOLIDAYS. THE MALLS ARE GREAT BUT THERE’S SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT DOWNTOWN. JUST ASK RUDOLPH ON HIS PETTY? IS BEAUTIFUL TO SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE COMING DOWN HERE. THE RENAISSANCE THAT HAS HAPPENED. FROM OUTDOOR EXERCISE AT THE ICE RINK, TO SHOPPING ON MARKET SQUARE OR PLAYING AND MAKING DECORATIONS AT A HOLIDAY KIDS PLAY. THE OLD TRADITIONS OF THE LAST CENTURY, ARE BEING REPLACED WITH NEW ONES. A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH IS DEAD AT THE HOLIDAYS. LOOK AT IT. IT’S BUSTLING IT’S ALIVE IT’S THE BEST PLACE TO BE ON EARTH. TRY OUT THIS HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE. OR TAKE MOLLY’S TROLLEY THAT TRANSPORTS PEOPLE FOR FREE. ALL OVER DOWNTOWN. [ MUSIC ] WITH FREE MUSIC OUTDOORS, 150 RETAILERS DOWNTOWN AND 30 NEW RESTAURANTS, THOSE THAT HAD ABANDONED DOWNTOWN ARE RETURNING. IT’S NEW TO ME I’VE NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE. I THOUGHT I WOULD LOOK AT IT IS WONDERFUL HERE. BEAUTIFUL PLACE. EVEN DOWNTOWN PARKING IS LESS OF AN ISSUE. THIS PARKING GARAGE AT THE CORNER OF SMITHVILLE AND OLIVER WERE SACHS USED TO BE IS NOW OFFERING FREE PARKING ON WEEKENDS. AS WELL AS AFTER 5 PM MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. THAT MEANS PARKING IS A FREE IN DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH, AT LEAST PART OF THE TIME. 1 PLACE TO VISIT, A POP UP COCKTAIL BAR CALLED MIRACLE ON MARKET. WHICH I BRING HOLIDAY CHEER TO EVERYONE DURING THE HOLIDAYS WHILE DOING IT FOR CHARITY IN RAISING MONEY. 1 MAN CAN SPEAK WITH SOME AUTHORITY. SO IS IT ALL HAPPENING IN DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH? OF THIS IS THE GREATEST PLACE IN THE WHOLE WORLD. DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH IS A GREAT SPOT. MARKET SQUARES IN THE SPOT. SECOND TO THE NORTH POLE? YEAH SECOND TO THE NORTH POLE.

Stephen Childs

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