Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, whom some call "the Mad Mayor," has ruled Pittsburgh since 2006, but will step down at the end of this year having become so embroiled in controversies he will not run again.
In 2007, once his triumph in the special Democratic primary to be reinstalled as mayor was certain, Ravenstahl shuffled out of the administration three aides held over from his predecessor in the public communications and gate keeping fields. It will be left to philosophers of history to determine whether Ravenstahl's own mildly infamous succession of communications aides did a greater disservice to his mayoralty, or vice versa.
Today in Pittsburgh's Hill District, a grocery store at the grocery store site is rising thanks to redoubled effort by the URA and the philanthropic community as well as a new outside developer more connected with the City. In the Strip District, the reigning establishment now seems to be doing right by the Pittsburgh Public Market. The story of Buncher Co.'s fanciful and quintessential Pittsburgh origins remains instructive to civic debaters on the matter of cavalier character assumptions interfering with arguments.
Quickly thereafter the decisive, incisive mayoral appointment of Regina McDonald as Interim Chief stunned the police union numb, but that has not at all slowed her assertive pace of making change even in this painful, querulous, sometimes obtuse environment. We are all watchful of federal officials issuing further smoke-signals, and getting on with life in the City of Champions.
Our mayoral candidates! I used to wonder what democracy could be, until yinz all shared its magic with me...
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Our mayoral candidates. Don't you know they are our very best friends? And together, their powers combined, are Pittsburgh's best opportunity to marshal coherent solutions to many challenges?
Our city is sure to remain an exceptional place to live, love and struggle because we 'Burghers have a special thirst to build and excel. Just remember that during foundational power shifts, full-grown dragons may find themselves disturbed. The recommended approach to any unavoidable conflict with these big meanies is sternness and compassion.