108 South 12th Street in the historic South Side

Funny, true, 2nd-hand story about South Side pride N’at, in the wake of the “discussion” on the other thread about 15203:

Our home’s former owner who we never met was a small business man, Mr. Gursky. He lived here and ran his shoe repair shop here for decades. He and his wife raised two children on this spot on 12th Street. One kid became a doctor. He fixed the shoes and boots of countless of people throughout his long life. I never had the pleasure of meeting him, nor any of the family.

After we moving in, for years, people would knock on our door and try to give us their shoes. Nope. This isn’t a shoe repair shop these days. Often, the stories would start to flow.

One guy recounted how he once brought a pair of shoes into the shop and to his former neighbor, Mr. Gursky. This customer had lived in the South Side for years. They chatted. The guy allowed how he moved to Brentwood, (perhaps Baldwin?) as Mr. Gursky, the shop owner, hadn’t seen him around the South Side in recent months.

As the conversation winds down, the tattered shoes come out of a bag and onto the counter / work bench for repair. Mr. Gursky picks them up, walks outside onto the sidewalk, tosses them down in disgust and says, “You move away. You’re too good for us now. You take your shoes to Brentwood! Let them fix em.”

Mr. Gursky, living what some have called ‘the immigrant’s dream’ with home / business under the same roof, was not having anything to do with those shoes from the ex-South Sider who moved to Brentwood. Hard. Crusty. Iron willed.

Beta Burgh Proposals. Three applications submitted

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Three proposals went to answer the call from the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s BetaBurgh RFP.

One of the plans, called, Rauterkus.com, aims to begin the process of conducting a feasibility study in 2016 for the building of one or more floating swim pools on one or more barges. It might be possible to get the project to a crowd-source stage (i.e., Kickstarter or Indiegogo).

Two other plans are in the works too:

    • Swim.CLOH.org is for open water swimming.
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Goals: Three proposals!

 

  • 4RS.org is for building two in-river lagoons for holding water games, both SKWIM and Water Polo with floating goals and simple lane line dividers for the game areas.

 

All three will have the BGC (Bloomfield-Garfield.org) as the financial 501(c)(3) for the grant period.

Links:

Surf around this directory to see the text, budgets and art for the proposals: http://swim.cloh.org/betaburgh/

  1. Open water swimming, Swim.CLOH.org  http://swim.cloh.org/betaburgh/Swim_CLOH_org_text.html
  2. River lagoons, 4RS.org  http://swim.cloh.org/betaburgh/4RS_org_text.html
  3. Floating pools feasibility, Rauterkus.com http://swim.cloh.org/betaburgh/Rauterkus_com_text.html
Coach in classroom before 50-meter course in lake
Dick Bower, a famous swim coach who had coached at Greater Pittsburgh Swim Club and Bethal Park, talks to the guys before a swim in the 50-meter course build in the water. The 4RS.org proposal calls that a lagoon.

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The Badeschiff in is one of the most extraordinary beach bars in Berlin and is a symbol of the modern, creative city. The large pool floats on the Spree in front of Arena Berlin and guests enjoy the panoramic views of the city centre. A wooden footbridge with hammocks connects the barge containing the pool to the river bank where guests can play beach volleyball or enjoy the sun on fine sand. The bar offers a variety of summer cocktails and barbecue for a long, relaxing stay. Swimming in the Badeschiff pool The Badeschiff is ideally suited for a refreshing dip in cool waters on a warm summer's day. The combination of outdoor pool and beach bar draws many sun-seekers to relax on the banks of the River Spree. The sky-blue swimming pool with fresh water is a converted 30 metre barge with a water depth of 2.05 metres under the watchful eye of a lifeguard. For children, there is an additional area where they build sandcastles and play in the splash pool.
The Badeschiff in is one of the most extraordinary beach bars in Berlin and is a symbol of the modern, creative city. The large pool floats on the Spree in front of Arena Berlin and guests enjoy the panoramic views of the city centre. A wooden footbridge with hammocks connects the barge containing the pool to the river bank where guests can play beach volleyball or enjoy the sun on fine sand. The bar offers a variety of summer cocktails and barbecue for a long, relaxing stay.
Swimming in the Badeschiff pool
The Badeschiff is ideally suited for a refreshing dip in cool waters on a warm summer’s day. The combination of outdoor pool and beach bar draws many sun-seekers to relax on the banks of the River Spree.
The sky-blue swimming pool with fresh water is a converted 30 metre barge with a water depth of 2.05 metres under the watchful eye of a lifeguard. For children, there is an additional area where they build sandcastles and play in the splash pool.