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KIDS PLAYING LEAPFROG
WASHINGTON PARK ~ HILL DISTRICT
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
THE HILL DISTRICT IN THE 1920's

An innocent game of Leap Frog outside the clutches of  the city’s worst “plague spot,” the Hill
District. “Here vice becomes bestial savagery, debauchery becomes degeneracy, virtue is a
joke and decency a rumor,” the Pittsburgh Post declared.

So many moonshine joints and whorehouses populated the Hill that a score of reporters couldn’
t visit them all in a week’s time, the paper claimed. However, one thirsty reporter did take the
time to visit the Paramount Inn on the 1200 block of Wylie Avenue. There, the newsman sat at
a table and drank beer while a waitress hiked her skirt above her waist and performed “an
obscene dance.”

Trapped in the middle of this lawlessness, the Post noted, were the parents of all races trying
to raise families in a neighborhood overrun by vice. The Post tells the story of one man whose
17-year-old daughter was lured into working as a prostitute. The man appealed to an unnamed
Hill District leader, who responded, “It’s no use. Your daughter’s gone. Forget about her.”