It's not a stretch to say Pittsburgh's skyline, the stuff of postcards, is
starting to look a bit like the Vegas strip. Neon everywhere.
I suspect that I'm one of the few people in the area who likes the proliferation of corporate signage atop Downtown Pittsburgh towers -- aside from the managers of those companies themselves, who are paid to like it. I like the energy, the novelty, and the fact of each sign, the change of signs, the growth of the number of signs. It's different and a bit unsettled and unsettling. I like the fact that the signs make explicit something that is otherwise widely understood but often just implicit, that Downtown Pittsburgh is a fundamentally commercial and corporate community.
I am a fan, in other words, of Brown and Venturi.