It seems like Bill Peduto is trying to consolidate his support in a new Democratic machine. I was unable to be at the one District 7 debate that Gross attended, but I've read all her campaign literature and attended a campaign event (to which she showed up an hour late, at which point I had to leave before I could hear her speak). I have yet to hear one reason to vote for her other than the fact that Peduto and the party apparatus have decided she should be appointed to counril.
It's really a shame that he spent so long fighting this kind of back-room dealing only to support it so wholeheartedly now that it works for him.
I see a lot of comments here from people who can't imagine that anybody lived in Lawrenceville before newer development like the Thunderbird. That's telling, and I guess that's why they're so condescending and dismissive of some residents' concerns.
The choice doesn't have to be, "Either accept a 1,200-capacity venue in your neighborhood or move to the suburbs." It's possible to have a successful venue that fits into a residential area. The Thunderbird is doing it right now.
The most interesting thing about this series so far is the very angry reactions it is provoking. I'm used to seeing CP articles getting one comment at most, usually 0. It seems like there are a lot of very sensitive yoga practitioners in Pittsburgh.
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