Did Pittsburgh become Chicago while I was sleeping?
If you’ve watched what’s transpired in Pittsburgh over the last few weeks, it certainly seems so.
Increasing political conflict in city offices, and the firing of the police chief, led to a surprise announcement this morning from Mayor Luke Ravenstahl that he would not seek reelection.
That announcement may not sound significant on its own.
But it’s a culmination of months of unanswered questions swirling around city offices, and around the mayor himself. And even before this latest scandal, Ravenstahl’s actions – and inactions – fed accusations and rumors about his professional and personal life.
Pittsburgh’s made some huge strides forward into the 21st century.
Will the next Mayor help nudge that progress along – or will they embrace the traditionalism that Pittsburgh is known for?