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.


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For years, driving along the busy Forbes Avenue corridor between the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University was a noisy affair because of the road's cobblestone surface. Automobiles shared the road with streetcars, which required narrow concrete platforms for passengers to get on and off.
 


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Today, the cobblestones are gone, replaced by much smoother asphalt. Instead of sharing the road with street cars, there are now designated bicycle lanes. 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. Read more Then & Now stories here.

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