Evidence? Even Luke Ravenstahl's erstwhile buddies are having a crack at him. From a Letter to the P-G editor last Wednesday from one of his college classmates:
"Luke, I have news for you. The harshest criticism of you is not from the media, it's from your fellow young professionals who stay in the Pittsburgh area because it's home, or who came here because of the opportunities it presented. When you defend your missteps with "that's what 27-year-olds do, and I shouldn't be any different," we wince, grimace and gasp in disbelief. We could never make such a claim to our bosses and continue to have their respect.
No local figure is the public face of young professionals' initiative, creativity and ability more than you. Every gaffe you commit, and every time you defend yourself by mentioning your youth, you bring down the success and advancement of all young professionals in Pittsburgh. You're opening the door for other young professionals to run for office, to invest in startup businesses, open medical and law firms and achieve important positions in established firms and industries. We need your time in office to show that we are serious and can handle these immense tasks.
Please, Luke, don't screw it up for the rest of us.
JOHN P. FRIEDMANN
Meanwhile, did you see this? The New York Times noticed Lawrenceville in its Sunday Travel section:
But in the past five years artists and other creative types have bought into the area's dirt-cheap storefronts and turn-of-the-last-century brick row houses, and opened galleries, boutiques and interior design shops along Butler Street. Today, it's a hub for an arts, fashion and interior design district called the 16:62 Design Zone that begins at the 16th Street Bridge in the adjacent Strip District and extends to the 62nd Street Bridge in Lawrenceville. Throw in some good restaurants and other ancillary amenities, and Butler Street is slowly becoming a go-to destination.Tres cool.