Buon Giorno upsets its neighbors (P-G, Mark Belko)
But Mr. Gargani said he has no plans to build a stairway from the courtyard. He pointed out that he has all required city approvals, including that of the Historic Review Commission, for the deck.
If the deck really does cut in front of other businesses and encroach upon neighbors’ mojo — then that is something. Possibly a miss by the old Planning commission.
“The concept of a deck and people being able to interface with Market Square from two levels, I think, is a neat idea,” he said. “I think it will really activate that corner, absolutely.”
Needless to say, that is the voice of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, a major underwriter of the improvements. C’est la vie.
The LED story goes stealthy (P-G, Team Effort)
Pittsburgh City Council has canceled a closed-door meeting with Solicitor George Specter on a resolution that would direct Mayor Luke Ravenstahl to put a six-month moratorium on the processing of sign applications.
The Comet is guessing — guessing — that council keen to avoid contributing toward any possible broaches of conduct involving conflicts of interest attorney-client privilege.
Curiouser: the P-G Edit Board whips out its editorial approval already.
Somewhat Related: Pierre 4 Pittsburgh.
Area mayor to marry some dudes (P-G, Anya Sostek)
The ceremony, which has no legal or religious significance, will take about three minutes to perform, but has been generating controversy for more than a month.
Mayor Welch is saying, “Bring it On.” Problem is, will this bring a sense of urgency to the wily purveyors of the state marriage amendment?
The Obama has landed. The Obama has landed. (Trib, Team Effort)
Obama will travel to Hempfield after an 11 a.m. campaign event at Soldiers and Sailors Hall in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Doors open at 9 a.m.
They’re probably lining up right now. How will he possibly live up to his advance hype?
Ed Rendell was on Charlie Rose last night. We will not embed it to the blog nor link to it, because frankly, he’s too good.
One thing among many he wanted to impress upon us was his version of the expectations game. A 20-point win for Hillary, he said, would be colossal, inconceivable, of historic proportions, fuhgetaboutit. Hillary will be seen to have dealt a resounding blow if she wins by 10 points.
Ten points. That is 45-55. Adjusting for the malarkey factor from our Governor, whom we are guessing in this would want to get away with the biggest, boldest possible bite, the Comet is presenting a rational spread of 16 points.
42/58. That’s not the game, that’s gospel.
In other words, if Clinton gets up into the 60’s, then Obama is in some actual, legitimate trouble — but if Obama claws his way above 45 (bearing in mind the Pennsylvania terrain), then Hillary’s situation in the whole race becomes completely untenable.