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Re: “Is President Donald Trump losing support from Pennsylvania’s independent voters?

I live in Pittsburgh Trump is doing great a man of his word #MAGA

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Posted by eric12325 on 05/16/2017 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh to launch new mobility and infrastructure department in 2017

How many affirmative action employees will this new department have? Bigger government is always better. Typical POS Poopaduto

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Posted by Ed Conley on 05/15/2017 at 7:05 PM

Re: “New fried-chicken restaurant planned for Pittsburgh's East Liberty draws backlash, owner apologizes to those offended

I lived there in the 60's. A totally diverse area. Please people move past the race issues. You're instilling hatred in your sweet loving children that are oblivious other than your spewing instilled hatred. Focus on more important issues. That's where you need to direct your energy!

Posted by Michline on 05/11/2017 at 10:33 PM

Re: “New fried-chicken restaurant planned for Pittsburgh's East Liberty draws backlash, owner apologizes to those offended

What is the racial connotation of "The Coop" or "Lil Chunky's Chicken Shack"? I'm curious as to how those names correlate to anything attributed to race. If possible could you please help me understand?

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Posted by Steve Buccigrossi on 05/11/2017 at 10:08 PM

Re: “New fried-chicken restaurant planned for Pittsburgh's East Liberty draws backlash, owner apologizes to those offended

Also, I can't be the only one that thinks that "Lil Chunky's Chicken Shack" is actually waaaaaay more racially insensitive than "The Coop". It's hilarious to me that this owner thinks it is an improvement!

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by brandon styer on 05/11/2017 at 1:00 PM

Re: “New fried-chicken restaurant planned for Pittsburgh's East Liberty draws backlash, owner apologizes to those offended

@Teresa Cottrell It's true that before east lib was mostly black it had a larger white/Italian population. However, the white population in the middle of the last century left the neighborhood for different reasons than todays black residents. That was "white flight" and was completely voluntary. Today, east liberty residents are being forced out by rising rent prices. That is gentrification and yes I agree it is mostly a socio-economic issue, but there are racial reasons why black people are disproportionately effected by poverty.

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Posted by brandon styer on 05/11/2017 at 12:57 PM

Re: “New fried-chicken restaurant planned for Pittsburgh's East Liberty draws backlash, owner apologizes to those offended

I object to the usual mis-characterization that historically East Liberty was a black neighborhood. I (an African American) grew up in East Liberty during the 1950s and 1960s. It was a diverse neighborhood mainly populated by Italians. In fact, at one time (before Bloomfield) it was considered Pittsburgh's "Little Italy." Before me, my parents and other elders lived in East Liberty and all tell me it was always a diverse neighborhood. I cringe when I hear people say "they are forcing all the blacks out of East Liberty."

Gentrification has little to do with race. It's about socioeconomics. If you make enough money to live in East Liberty, you can live there. The problem with East Liberty, and Lawrenceville where I live, is the lack of affordable housing for those on fixed income or for those who don't make a six-figure salary. Further, for the uninformed, affordable housing is not at all largely about people with Section-8 vouchers. A person making $40K a year certainly cannot afford a home costing $400,000 or more.

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Posted by Teresa Cottrell on 05/10/2017 at 11:17 AM

Re: “New fried-chicken restaurant planned for Pittsburgh's East Liberty draws backlash, owner apologizes to those offended

You have to tell the correct story when you cite things about East Liberty. The truth is getting lost in the approved narrative.

"Traditionally [East Liberty] has been an urban community, largely populated with African-Americans." Baloney. East Liberty was where people of color, dependent on public housing, were concentrated in high rise units as part of the city fathers' "urban planning" that brought demise within a few years.

from Wikipedia: "In the span of just a few years during the mid-1960s, East Liberty became a blighted neighborhood. There were some 575 businesses in East Liberty in 1959 but only 292 in 1970 and just 98 in 1979. The businesses that remained tended not to serve the majority of nearby Pittsburghers, but only the captive audience that remained in what was now an urban ghetto."

Most "traditions" are given much more respect than they are due given their shady origins and brief actual existence.

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Posted by acpgh on 05/10/2017 at 6:56 AM

Re: “How Southwestern Pennsylvanian reps voted for AHCA, the GOP health-care plan

Find protests against them here: https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/womens-march-pledge-of-liberation-demonstrations?zipcode=15232&country=US

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Posted by PreexistingCondition on 05/07/2017 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Gallery/Community-Center Project in Braddock Seeks Funding

Isaac Bunn was arrested and charged with rape. He is also a serial drunk driver. Moreover, he doesn't live in Braddock and neither do any of his "collaborators". Go to the Allegheny County Court records to confirm his criminal history.

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Posted by An Actual Braddock Resident on 05/03/2017 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Immigrant-rights groups ask Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to increase immigrant protections

Thanks for the constructive criticism Captain Keyboard and as always, thanks for reading. This is definitely not my best lede.

I think my best is from a story I wrote in LA Weekly in 2011. It began "Earthquake faults must be part of the 1 percent." Occupy Wall Street was big in the news at the time, and the story describes how LA Metro wanted to use faulty seismic science to move a subway stop to better serve wealthy residents, financial-industry workers and a ritzy hotel. You can read it here (http://www.laweekly.com/news/westside-subw…)

I also think the lede from my original Martin Esquivel-Hernandez story is pretty solid. It also begins similar to the one above, but has more of a punch. "On May 1, Martin Esquivel-Hernandez and his family marched in an immigrants' rights rally from Beechview to Brookline. He and his young daughters held a sign that read: 'Not one more deportation.' The next morning at 6 a.m., U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers took Esquivel-Hernandez from his Pittsburgh home. Now, the next deportation could be his." (http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/mar…).

And I do agree with you that starting with a date and description can be lazy, but for the story above, I wanted to provide some context before informing the readers how the immigrant-rights movement in Pittsburgh has grown since last year.

Thanks again for the comment, and please feel free to email me at ryandeto@pghcitypaper.com and we can have a discussion about my writing techniques and what you feel I can do better. Or comment on Facebook and we can comment back and forth there.

Best,

Ryan Deto
Staff Writer
Pittsburgh City Paper

Posted by Ryan Deto on 05/02/2017 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Immigrant-rights groups ask Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to increase immigrant protections

Can someone please teach Ryan Deto how to write a lede? "On this day, this thing happened" might be the laziest way to start an article. I see better writing from middle school students.

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Posted by CaptainKeyboard on 05/02/2017 at 5:53 PM

Re: “U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus seems to be increasing his support for President Donald Trump, but why?

Keith Rothfus is only a Rep. because of unfair gerrymandering. He has never had an original idea and is a poor representative of his district in which I reside. He needs to be unseated by Tom Prigg!

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Posted by pm2n62 on 05/02/2017 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Hundreds of Pittsburghers to attend environmental marches locally and in Washington, D.C.

Hundreds? Are you sure about that?

There were not hundreds at the local event. here were not hundreds bussed to the DC event. Combined there were not hundreds

Posted by MrHasselblad on 04/29/2017 at 11:47 PM

Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

Snowflake screams at her "PULL OVER!" Yeah right, she's going to pull over to have SJW Capt'N Snowflake assault her.
It was a lil toot not laid on or blaring, precious.

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Posted by Big Billy Gruff on 04/29/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

She didn't lay on the horn. Nor did the horn blare. Bike Nazi was speeding too.

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Posted by Safety Patrol on 04/29/2017 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto takes on Donald Trump instead of primary challengers in new campaign ad

pedo has his legion of obnoxious bike fanatics on the attack against his opponents. in the meantime he's delusional thinking that pittsburgh can become a "bike town". there r 2 reasons why pgh will never be a biking town - we're too HILLY & we have two seasons: winter or rain. so what does peduto do? spends a ton of our tax payer $$$ & gets rid of 2-lane car lanes downtown & in the northside bridges which only gums up the downtown traffic! ... & the kicker is that most of the time those bike lanes are EMPTY! all that was needed were bike signs saying "share the road". peduto is a moron.

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Posted by . on 04/29/2017 at 2:51 AM

Re: “Pennsylvania Senate and House pass 'Sue Our Cities' bills

Avoid being sued by obeying state law, you know, like the rest of us.

Posted by JohnH3 on 04/28/2017 at 10:56 PM

Re: “Pennsylvania Senate and House pass 'Sue Our Cities' bills

Also, see the Section 21, Declaration of Rights, PA Constitution:

21. Right to bear arms.

The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/…

Posted by Dan Sullivan on 04/28/2017 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Pennsylvania Senate and House pass 'Sue Our Cities' bills

Aside from the question of what people think municipal law *should* be, Pennsylvania is a Dillons's Rule state, also known as a "Mother, may I" state. Some states specify what municipalities *may not* do, and they may do anything not explicitly prohibited. Most states, including Pennsylvania, specify what municipalities *may* do, and they may not do anything that is not explicitly permitted.

The bottom line is that municipal gun bans in Pennsylvania were always illegal, but that the state did not want to fight about it. This way the gun rights groups can do the fighting, which they will certainly be inclined to do.

Posted by Dan Sullivan on 04/28/2017 at 1:47 PM

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