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Riverlife’s “Living in a River City”: Your stories, our animation

By February 1, 2017February 10th, 2017Uncategorized

What’s your story of living in a river city like Pittsburgh? Whether you were born in Pittsburgh, grew up here, moved here or moved away, the city’s three rivers leave a lasting impression on you.

A few years ago Riverlife set out to record audio interviews with Pittsburghers who have a special relationship with our region’s rivers. We wanted to hear your memories, concerns, hopes for the future and your frank recollections of how our rivers have changed over the years. We loved what we told us.

We had the pleasure of working with the supremely talented animator Scott Benson to bring your stories to life. Let’s take a look back at your stories combined with Scott’s visual storytelling. We hope you’ll agree that Pittsburgh’s riverfronts look mighty fine in cartoon form!

“Living in a River City”: The View of Pittsburgh from the Ft. Pitt Tunnel

For Emily, there’s nothing better than driving into the city through the Fort Pitt Tunnel and taking in the view of the Point.

“Living in a River City”: The Pittsburgh Doggie Paddle

For Dick and his friends, a special swimming maneuver revealed their attitudes about the city’s rivers.

“Living in a River City”: Louise’s kayak adventure

The world looks a little different from the vantage point of a kayak, reports Louise.

“Living in a River City”: Kyra’s story

Take a walk with Kyra along the Downtown riverfronts and you may be surprised at what you see.

Do you have a really great story about Pittsburgh’s riverfronts? Email us at and you may be featured on Riverlife’s website or social media feeds!