After reading the earlier discussion thread cited by BT-H, I'm coming down on the side of the current plan. Anyone who's traveled to big cities in the U.S. and abroad must recognize that one of Pittsburgh's great shortcomings is the disconnection between downtown and the university community and, by extension, the lack of a residential neighborhood in or near downtown. Uptown has been a no man's land going on three generations; this BRT line looks like a good way to bring it back to life and to knit together the city's two major centers of business activity. Imagine a pleasant one mile walk or bike ride from the edge of downtown to the edge of Oakland.
Funny! Although it would have been better if you'd misspelled "committed".
Yes, but, Candy-Rama ain't there anymore, despite Sebak's best efforts. And I'd love to have a big box sporting goods store Downtown, for instance. It would be easier for me to buy a pair of sweat pants for my son there than to schlepp to Homestead.
I read or heard a story recently about Irish ex-pats coming back to the old villages for visits and being a sort of embarrassment to those who stayed because they insisted on going to the same pubs that the frequented in high school and talking about people they knew 20 years ago who weren't around anymore. That's Pittsburgh, too, in a way, right? The Old Country.
For my money, I'll take Pittsburgh Dad over Sebak in the 21st century. A celebration of yinzerness, but also a recognition of its absurdity.
Confucius say: Argue with tofu, get egg foo young on face.
Vidonic might be a good reporter, but his name is on this story, so he bears responsibility. I was in a perhaps similar situation once as a Trib reporter--my editor directed me to find out what I could find out about an organization that was apparently out of favor with Trib management. Similar to Glosser, the organization was a key element of a small group of stories that the Trib and other media had already published. I didn't agree with the apparent witch hunt, poked around half heartedly, got hassled about "where's the story", ultimately said I couldn't find anything, got some shit and eventually we all moved on to other things. Vidonic could have done the same.
Perhaps even City Paper scribes have faced similar ethical quandaries. Management-dictated stories and front page placement can be difficult to stomach, but it happens to the best of us.
Another possibility is that an editor handed Vidonic Glosser's public records file and said, "Do a story". If Vidonic felt uneasy about it, he could have declined or at least demanded that his name not appear on the story. Yes, that would have required some balls, but other reporters have done it--even some at the PG, I hear.
Or perhaps Vidonic dug it up himself and got a pat on the back that is now intended to motivate and satisfy him for the next calendar year. And for some reporter's, a page one, above the fold story is gold, no matter the circumstances.
Finally, Glosser bears some responsibility in this, and at least he recognized it and took action. It isn't right that he should have to work within the media atmosphere that poisons Pittsburgh and the rest of the country, but that's the reality and Glosser accepted it and did the right thing. I think we'll see more of him in due course.
I think it's great!
Actually, I've seen men act that way too--"snippy" and "fed up". It just happened to be Council President Harris in the video link. No sexism intended, not even subconsciously ... I think!
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