Following its 10-year anniversary, City of Asylum on the North Side is featured in an in-depth profile in a recent issue of The Atlantic magazine.
Along with the exiled writers who have found refuge in Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum, Atlantic reporter Deborah Fallows tells the story of Henry Reese and Diane Samuels, founders of the City of Asylum on Sampsonia Way.
“The lane feels like a Midwest version of a hutong
in old Beijing,” Fallows writes about the former crack house where Reese, Samuels and the writers they harbor now live. “It sits in the close-in north side section of Pittsburgh known as the Mexican War Streets (with street names from battles and generals from the Mexican American War), a kind of gentrified Bohemian row-house neighborhood with many writers, artists, eclectic personalities and interesting people.”
The article goes on to describe the evolution of Sampsonia Way’s homes, painted with text-based art and reflecting the dreams of the neighborhood.
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