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A guest post from Pittsburgh blogger Alaina at Pittsburgh is Beautiful

This was originally re-blogged by Downtown Pittsburgh Life. Of course, Pittsburgh is NOT on a Great Lake but both Cleveland and Youngstown have strong historical connections to the re-invented steeltown where two rivers (the Allegheny and the Monongahela) meet to create the river that gave it’s name to my State (the Ohio)!

What I should do now is check Word Press to see if there is a Cleveland is Beautiful site.

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Today’s post comes from Alaina of Pittsburgh is Beautiful, and is part of a special day of shenanigans from other Pittsburgh bloggers. You can see my post over on Crank Crank Revolution, where I interview local celebrity Burghman!

Hello all Downtown Living readers! I’m thrilled to be posting today for Mike – I’m a huge downtown fan and have a particular fondness for all of the faded old advertisements on the brick buildings.

Working downtown gives me absolutely no excuse to not explore as much as I can. Upon the hearty and repeated praise lavished upon it by a colleague, I sought out the Hotel Monacoto see for myself what inspired such awe from a self-proclaimed hotel aficionado. I was thinking a beautiful, stately, old-timey glamorous hotel in the style of the William Penn, its neighbor across Sixth Avenue. Wrong! Wrong wrong wrong.

First of all, my…

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