Save Our City?

What's up with Iron City's Save Our City campaign? Save it from what? A self-serving downtown business community? A bloated city bureaucracy? A group of politicians that are outdoing each other in the "Best Nero" competition? An apathetic populace waiting for someone to make Pittsburgh a better place to live?

If the campaign is serious -- then it's misleading. There is no magic bullet. Pittsburgh's current problems have roots that are decades old. They can't be solved overnight, or by putting notes in an electronic suggestion box.

But maybe the campaign isn't serious -- maybe the beer company is just trying to create a customer list. There's no privacy policy on the site, so who knows what happens to your name and address after you post.


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