Pittsburgh's problem is that as a city it has plenty to offer but very little of it is centrally located. Everything is scattered and isolated where transportation is an issue for the majority of tourists and visitors who have no way of getting to those places. Keep these museums near each other in a centrally located area near Downtown.
If Pittsburgh is smart and wants to take full advantage of what WAM and the soon to be Brew Museum have to offer both locals and tourists then let me suggest this.
The STRIP DISTRICT!!!!
I am not sure who owns the land between the Hampton Inn and the long terminal building but across from the Homewood Suites on Smallman Street you have those open parking lots which I don't believe are being utilized.
You can build both WAM and the Brew Museum next to each other near the Heinz History Center. You'd have 3 museums nearest each other within walking distance to Downtown. Easy for tourists to get to. Instead of building somewhere in Lawrenceville, or Troy Hill which is outside of Downtown and has no mode of transportation for people to travel with.
And, noticing the signs posted above for "Immigration Rights," what does that have to do with illegal aliens? It seems anymore that every time an illegal immigrant is held in detention or is deported, the "immigration rights" protesters come out. It is not immigrants that people have a problem with. It's the ILLEGAL immigrants that is the issue. Immigrants and illegal immigrants are two completely different things. It's like something bad happens to apples and then people start protesting in favor of oranges, when the oranges aren't even the problem.
1. This isn't about ICE "not caring." They are simply people doing their jobs and following the law. Laws that existed long before Trump became president, but unfortunately not enforced by any of the previous presidents in recent memory.
2. Someone who has illegally entered the country and was deported four times has pretty much eliminated any chance of having a "path to citizenship." Maybe all of this time and energy being used to keep him here could have been better spent by trying to become legal in the first place when he entered the first time.
3. To expand on what Steve said above, driving without a license and without insurance is against the law. This guy is not the innocent angel that others are making him out to be. Being here in the first place is illegal. On top of that, he and his kids are mooching off of the public school system by not paying taxes. How is that fair to those of us who do pay school taxes??
4. I'm sure that his deportation is a hardship to his family. But guess what? There are thousands of families in the US who are experiencing hardships because a loved one who broke the law is in prison. At least his family has the option to join him in Mexico if they are missing him. US families of incarcerated loved ones don't even get that.
5. And I find it hard to be sympathetic to illegal aliens who possess these attitudes of entitlement. They want to live here, but feel that they are exempt from following are laws as well as dealing with the consequences for breaking laws. Can't have your cake and eat it too!
Thank you City Paper for reporting on this. This is so important. If our elected officials don't listen to us , who will? I've been calling them all. Toomey is the only one that you can't get a hold of. He won't even do an interview with the media without out scurrying away. This is unacceptable. Pennsylvania needs to hold him accountable and we need more reporting like this article before we will ever see a change.
I'm glad he finally did at least *something* to respond to the rightfully-enraged voters of this state, but 90 minutes' notice of an event is not enough.
I was an education major in the early '70s, before the Department of Education was created, and I know quite a few teachers whose career spanned the transition from local control to state and federal control. I can say with confidence that the state and Federal DoEs have been a disaster for the quality of education.
School boards used to be accountable directly to the parents. Now they are accountable to distant politicians who have too many things on their plates, and to bureaucrats who are dominated by educational interest groups rather than by people who represent the students.
To those who blame teacher's unions, I want to note that the American Federation of Teachers has always avoided trying to tell public officials how to run schools as long as the teachers they represented were treated fairly. It's the National Education Association that has meddled destructively with our schools.
"Reality": First off, Europeans did not "assimilate" when they came to America; they decimated native peoples, stole their land, and imposed their own languages and traditions. Second, I don't know why you feel threatened by change, but know that many of us do NOT feel the way that you do. I, for one, will be proud if Pittsburgh - and the country as a whole - can continue to grow and to embrace different kinds of people. Your narrow-mindedness and fear will not win.
The difference is Europeans assimilated they didn't insist on America speaking their language and changing for them. The problem going on all around the world is immigrants want the countrys they move to to change foe them! When you move to another country you assimilate to that country that's the problem! Pittsburgh is a melting pot but that worked because people embraced being American not forcing their countries on America!
The best part is unless I wasn't going through local articles no one was talking about this strike!
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@ largenta - For him, there WAS a chance of filing the paperwork and coming here legally. Now that he has repeatedly re-entered the country and was deported, he blew his chance of becoming a legal citizen. You're right, there is no paperwork that will let him become a citizen, but that is because of his past actions. And even if it's true that the US only allows immigrants from "certain countries," that doesn't make it OK for him or others to break the law and come in here illegally.
Bill, you are way off. You of course have the right to your opinion. Every American has the right to be a selfish asshole, I believe that is in the constitution somewhere.... but to think that protesters are a bunch of lazy people wanting "others to pay for their stuff" shows you pay no attention to the protests. For example, I walked in the women's march with my wife and children. I am a protester. I went to the Pgh Airport after the ridiculous Trump executive order. I am a protester.
I worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 13 years, then quit to open my own business. I am now an employer who provides retirement, healthcare and (what I consider to be) good pay to roughly 50 employees. Am I not the mighty "producer" that you are? Am I not pulling my weight as you are? Furthermore, should my vote not count as much as a business owner who makes more money than I do or employs 200 people vs my 50? Should I only get 25% of her vote? Your desire to not have a penny of your money go to help others does not make you the patriot that I'm sure you consider yourself to be.
Concerning "forced charity", I don't believe that America is great because of how we protect every penny of our richest "producers", I believe we are great because of how we protect our citizens who are in need. The fact that we take care of our citizens regardless of the difficulties of their situations is a strenght, not a weakness. Lastly, before making stupid partial quotes like "they didn't build that", look up the full statement. Obama didn't tell me I didn't build my business, he told me I didn't build the infrastructure to allow my business to operate. I didn't build my own bridges and pave my own roads. He was correct in his statement. I have never paved a road. Please read and educate yourself before speaking.
Plus, if you don't realize they do it so their children get papers and then have them claim them. So this only works as an incentive for more people to not follow the process.
If you love immigrants so much encourage them to come here legally. There is a process. If you care so much fight to make the process better for those who do it legally and are waiting sometimes decades for the privilege. Most of the time making great sacrificios and enduring suffering. Do not romanticize or celebrate illegal immigrants who decided to skip the process and think they are more important than other families who are waiting. Not only they skip the process but demand more and more! They are not victims, they are only victims of their own choices.
Thanks, Randy. It's fixed.
The problem with saying the snow areas are extra space is that the snow melts in the path where the tires actually make the path and the hest from the car melts it. Cars are usually wider than just their tires and need the space for mirrors and for wider vehicles. If you start making a label the exact width I'd wheel base we are in trouble.
The strike was January 28th, not in February. Proofread much?
Not just the more mature folks... probably 1/2 to 2/3 of the audience had better things to do with their lives than continue to wait for what in the absence of any announcements about the status of the concert...
Nice job! First of all, who gives a crap what 35 losers think? Go get a real job. Transit advocacy group? What's their mission, to extort as much cash from taxpayers as possible? Yep, let's protest a company bringing tech jobs to Pittsburgh! Good move! Idiots.
The only thing UBER did wrong was to quit Trumps Commission. They chose not to rip off customers when the cabbies went on strike
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