Diorama by Ed Panar in Pittsburgh, PA, USA

This is the view from my studio window in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Lawrenceville, which is situated along the Allegheny River. I love the geography of Pittsburgh and how from certain views it almost looks like a model or diorama. You can’t see the river from here but you can see the 40th Street Bridge which crosses it in the background. This bridge is also known as Washington Crossing Bridge because it’s near the location where George Washington nearly drown when his wooden raft flipped over while trying to cross the icy river in the winter of 1753. This picture was taken shortly after I moved here on a cool and rainy spring morning in April 2011.

Name:Ed Panar

Place you live: Pittsburgh, PA

Occupation: self-unemployed

Preoccupation: OOO (object-oriented ontology)

What is a perfect day in Pittsburgh? Long leisurely walks in any season that zigzag across the hilly topography.

If someone was visiting, what must they do? Walk around and explore on foot as much as possible.  There are quite a few hidden staircases throughout the hillside neighborhoods that are fun to get lost exploring.

A perfect meal in Pittsburgh? It might have to be enjoying the excellent Thai at Pusadee’s Garden sitting in their serene garden area on a warm evening.

What is the best thing about your spot? Pittsburgh is a beautiful and hidden city. There are countless scenic vistas of the rugged landscape to be found in every neighborhood.

What is the worst? The occasional asshole driver can make walking or biking a little aggravating at times.

A little known fact about Pittsburgh? The Big Mac was invented here.

Where is your favorite place in the world? Urban: Tokyo – Rural: California