Monthly Archives: September 2015

County, State & Beyond: More sheep shearing

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 6.46.50 PMThis will just aboutcatch us up.


ALCOSAN, the City / County sewer authority, has beguninvesting billions in acentennialoverhaul. ButALCOSAN officials are not shopping around for an engineering firm to managethe lion’s share, having settled into a favorite named AECOM. One board member actually resigned becausecontracting decisions seemed too thinlyjustified to be associated with.

It is probably time for elected-on-autopilotAllegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein, who chairs the ALCOSAN board and is responsiblefor how these decisions get made, tostep into the limelight. He can begin providing real public accountability for the whole sensational undertaking, instead ofpublic relations.


The new health care system is up and running Continue reading

City Edition: Shearing the Sheep of State

Let’s take care of some issues that have been festering:


Before we dive intosuch profound topicsas architecture and who gets to design it, let me say one thing about Pittsburgh Penguins’ ownersalleged interestin sellingthe hockey franchiseand the 28 developable acres: I don’t trust them.

Why wouldMario Lemieux fight so long and ingeniouslyto become part-ownerof huge and pristine tracts of Downtown land, then sell out at the very precipice of becoming a Duke?

Rather, it must be negotiating seasononce again when it comes to complyingwith community agreements. Much like hisnotorious feint towards Kansas City, Lemieux may Continue reading

HBO adaptation of August Wilson cycle will be a huge eruption

Home Box Office, or HBO as they like to be called, makes fantastic television.

The Brink was wonderful, Silicon Valley got better and better, andBallers was exactly what it wantedto be at the outset, although that turned out to be disappointing. And I don’t even have to tell you about Game of Thrones and Last Week Tonight.

Qualitysource material helps make for good television. August Wilson is sometimes considered one of thegreatest playwrights of the 20th century.

Itisremarkablehow cabletelevisionhas conditioned us to expectnew contentin ten-episode seasons, and here Wilson providesa tidy package of ten plays about a timely topic: race in America, and the ongoing struggle to heal certainwounds.

All of which suggests thatthis HBO series is probably going to earna lot of attention and acclaim.

Which is great, as Continue reading