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Mcknight Road by noah petronic

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Taken by
noah petronic noah petronic
Explore score
0.67 Gigapixels
Date added
Apr 06, 2010
Date taken
Mar 21, 2010

This stretch of devastated land is in an area north of Pittsburgh, known as the North Hills. This strip of land, particularly, is at the beginning of what is Mcknight Road. A commercially, and residentially developed road. However, there was once an area that still held its own to the development that the rest of the area has seen.

This last spot of nature has now been seized by a developer from North Carolina, AdVenture Development, so more home improvement stores, office buildings, and townhomes can be constructed on this now vacant land.

A large portion of the land that was purchased for this development, McCandless Crossing, was bought from a local school district. North Allegheny School District sold 27 of the 81 acres being used for this new construction area. North Allegheny used the woods behind the Carson Middle School and North Allegheny Intermediate for trails during gym classes, and out door class rooms. But after selling their 27 acres for $1.125 million, the students will have less or no such areas for those activities.

McCandless Crossing is a 3-5 year development plan that will include such businesses that have already signed on, like, Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse, and Fidelity Bank, who are set to open up in the fall of 2010. Other businesses that AdVenture Development plan to include in McCandless Crossing are a restaurant, hotel, grocery store, movie theatre, and a fitness center.

As I was taking the gigapan of this new development on McKnight Road a motorist was stopped at the light, and stared at me awkwardly before asking me what exactly I was doing. After I quickly explained what the gigapan was I asked what he thought of the new development, as he drove off through the what was now a green light, he laughed and yelled back “it sucks”.

Now, I must ask you, is this development necessary? If you are not from the North Hills area let me explain to you what McKnight Road is; it is nothing but malls, retail stores, hotels, grocery stores and restaurants. So, devastating the wee-bit of nature that existed on McKnight Road was needed because... why? But it's okay, in this large area of now developing land there will be a small green area. The only hurtle keeping that little shred of nature from turning into the grease pit for the next chain restaurant is the fact that there is an indian burial ground. Thanks for having somewhat of a conscience.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3865 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 671 megapixels (97875 x 6858 pixels)
Input images: 180 (45 columns by 4 rows)
Field of view: 158.8 degrees wide by 11.1 degrees high (top=4.2, bottom=-7.0)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Image size: 3456x2592 (9.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-03-21 18:06:04 - 2010-03-21 18:21:53
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure time: 0.0015625
ISO: 400
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 357.6 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 36.2 to 39.2 percent
Vertical overlap: 40.0 to 55.3 percent
Computer stats: 8192 MB RAM, 8 CPUs
Total time 1:07:28 (0:22 per picture)
Alignment: 7:42, Projection: 8:26, Blending: 51:19

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