Have you ever stopped to ponder to what extent anatomy — or more correctly, topography — is destiny in the historical development and popular perception of Pittsburgh? Martin Aurand has. In an ambitious, new publication from the University of Pittsburgh Press titled “The Spectator and the Topographical City,” he endeavors to explain how…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2007
  • Sub Heading Author Martin Aurand visits Pittsburgh’s topographical rooms
In Somerset County, the cold, clear waters of Laurel Hill Creek run through forests and farmland, state parks and backyards, joining the Casselman River and, just downstream, the Youghiogheny.
It’s a crisp November morning, some 25 years ago. Bob Ging and Don Gales are hunting on a ridge in Lower Turkeyfoot, Somerset County, where green hemlocks mingle with bare winter hardwoods. “Boy, this is beautiful,” says Ging as sunrise reveals the emerald waters of Laurel Hill Creek in the valley.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2010
  • Sub Heading The experts agree that saving Laurel Hill Creek shouldn’t be that complicated
The wiper blades arched back and forth against the SUV’s windshield, sweeping away an icy rain. Over the narrow, cobblestone streets and vacant, littered lots of the Hill District, DeJuan Blair drove his grandmother’s Buick Rendezvous.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2009
  • Sub Heading A closer look at DeJuan Blair — home-​grown basketball phenomenon
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