So Long to Rolling Rock

For more than a week, I've been out of town and offline for one reason or another. (Looks like I missed a helluva Blogfest!) Catching up on things, I discover -- suprise! -- that not much has changed, and what has changed seems to have changed for the worse:

The Post-Gazette proclaimed some reasons for optimism, looking both at changes in civic leadership and energy in the neighborhoods.

Hmmm. Look again: Millcraft Industries, the developer-du-jour for Downtown revitalization, is looking for a healthy public subsidy. The Mon-Fayette toll road is back in the news because several *billion* more state dollars are needed to finish it.

And -- the worst news of all -- Rolling Rock is leaving Latrobe. InBev, RR's corporate owner, is selling the brand to Anheuser-Busch. The hard working folks in Latrobe say that they're going to hold their breath until IB and AB change their minds.

The Rock looks like it's gone. But the brewery remains. I'm searching for a silver lining here. Maybe with an entrepreneurial link. Is there a Fritz Maytag waiting in the wings?


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