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Pittsburgh Then and Now

Pittsburgh Then & Now is a yearlong series in celebration of Pittsburgh Magazine's 50th anniversary where we explore the changes that have happened across the region from 1969 until present-day.

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Pittsburgh Then and Now: The View from Mt. Washington

The iconic view of Pittsburgh began a significant transformation 50 years ago.

Pittsburgh Then and Now: Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill

Fifty years later, two venerable businesses are still in business along this busy stretch of Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill.

Pittsburgh Then and Now: Primanti Bros.

Much has changed on the outside of Primanti Bros. flagship restaurant in the Strip District, but on the inside, their way of making sandwiches remains the same.

Pittsburgh Then and Now: Presbyterian Hospital

Medical history was made several times over since Presbyterian Hospital was established in 1893.

Pittsburgh Then and Now: Verona's Doughboy Statue

The copper-colored statue, created to honor World War I veterans, has been the victim of several disasters.

Our 50 Years: A Look Back at Ads You Won't See Anymore

An “In Memoriam” segment for those products and services that are unlikely to ever advertise again.

Pittsburgh Then and Now: The Hulton Bridge

The first Jonathon Hulton Bridge lasted for more than a century before it was replaced. An attempt to rename it, however, lasted just three days.

Pittsburgh Then and Now: The Stanley Theatre

Entertainers ranging from Frank Sinatra to the Grateful Dead performed at the Stanley Theatre, built in 1928. Today, with a new name, it remains one of the city's most well-known venues.

Pittsburgh Then and Now: The National Aviary

The National Aviary’s first room received a $1.2 million renovation last summer.

Our 50 Years: Rules for Dating in Pittsburgh in 1984

We took a serious look at romance. But with advice ranging from making sure restaurants have seductive lighting to the benefits of owning your own mansion, was it really meant to be serious?

Pittsburgh Then and Now: Forbes Avenue in Oakland

The biggest change in the last 50 years on this busy street is the surface of the street itself.

Pittsburgh Then and Now: Nicholas Coffee in Market Square

The family-owned business celebrates its 100th birthday this year.

Pittsburgh Then and Now: Candy-Rama

At the height of its five-decade run, the family-owned business operated three stores Downtown.

Pittsburgh Then and Now: The Monongahela Incline

Built five years after the end of the Civil War, the Monongahela Incline is now a tourist attraction. It also continues to fulfill its original intention, to ferry Pittsburghers up and down Mount Washington.

Our 50 Years: Why I Hate Nostalgia

Enjoying memories is fun – but a far cry from pining for the past.

Our 50 Years: When We Tried to Predict the Future

25 years ago, we predicted what the Pittsburgh of 2019 would look like. We were ... close?

Pittsburgh Then and Now: Downtown's Tallest Skyscraper

At the time of its opening in 1971, the 64-story U.S. Steel Tower was the tallest building in the United States between New York and Chicago.

Pittsburgh Then and Now: The North Shore

In 50 years, much has changed on Pittsburgh's North Shore. An area that was mostly parking lots is now bustling with an office park, restaurants, hotels, a concert venue and two stadiums.

Pittsburgh Then and Now: The Cathedral of Learning

In 50 years, much has changed inside and outside the most recognizable building at the University of Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Then and Now: Hillman Library

At Hillman Library on the University of Pittsburgh's campus, the most noticeable difference between now and 50 years ago is that there is no longer a baseball stadium nearby.

Our 50 Years: What's In The First Issue of Pittsburgh Magazine

In the first issue of Pittsburgh Magazine, we asked some of the same questions that are on our minds today. We also really liked listening to the radio.
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