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Pittsburgh, January 29, 2009 — Following last year’s 250th anniversary of the city of Pittsburgh, the next session in La Roche College’s ongoing Literary Society series, “Overcoming Topography: Pittsburgh’s Historic Transportation Solutions,” presented by University of Pittsburgh Visiting Research Professor Bob Regan, is a timely topic for anyone interested in learning more about our interesting city. The presentation will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, in the Zappala College Center’s Ryan Room, on the College’s main campus at 9000 Babcock Boulevard, McCandless Township.

Mr. Regan, a native of Boston, became fascinated with a number of aspects of the city when he first moved to Pittsburgh in the early ‘90s. Since then he has authored “The Bridges of Pittsburgh” and “The Steps of Pittsburgh,” two features of Pittsburgh that are a part of its rich history that are featured in his seminar.

“The City of Pittsburgh is physiographically challenged,” he states. “Its locale at the confluence of three rivers combined with the land’s undulating terrain offers unique challenges to the development of transportation systems. The city has, however, risen to the challenge by combining unique modes of transportation with more conventional transportation solutions.”

Mr. Regan’s talk will offer some background, insight and an overview of these approaches to transportation systems to overcome topography and ford rivers.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For directions, visit

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