Tom has actually been much more active in advocating for fixing the serious flooding problems in The Run, than in opposing CMU's shuttle bus. This is from Public Source last year:
Thomas DAndrea, a firefighter and lifelong Run resident, said storm surges and flooding were once limited to major rainfalls. But in the last 10 years, water surges out of the storm drains every few months. It creeps into basements, rising up through toilets and seeping out of pipes and drains. DAndrea has witnessed manholes burst open, the covers flung by a volcanic eruption of water. He said he has replaced three furnaces and three sets of washers and dryers and lost his home insurance because of flooding.
Pittsburghs system dispenses rain and sewer water in the same tanks, making the overflow an unsavory phenomenon.
Weve been fighting for 10 years to not be flooded with sewage, and they dont do anything until they want to build a private road for Carnegie Mellon University, DAndrea said.
I've found the runnel on local steps (going down to The Run from Greenfield Ave.) hard to use. You have to hold the bike back and upright from above, or push it from below. I've concluded that it's just as easy/difficult to carry the bike. Anybody else?
About four years ago I proposed identifying sneckdowns as part of a green infrastructure funding proposal to the Allegheny County Conservation District. Trees and other greenery can be planted in sneckdowns to help capture stormwater and reduce the amount of impervious surface in the city. I got the idea from Pitt Prof. Dan Bain.
On the Saturday afternoon of the event, I was surprised by the fact that you could hear very offensive rapping all up and down the Valley (e.g., some lame WuTang tribute crew ended its set by shouting "word, m--f--'er" over and over and over. After about the 7th repetition I stopped laughing and just felt sad.) I'm sure the good folks of Rankin, Swissvale and Homestead were thrilled to be exposed to so much music/noise.