Saturday, September 9, 2006

Rebuilding Pittsburgh...

Today I went to this all-day extravaganda of community do-gooding. Actually, it was the Sprout Fund's "Engage: Idea Round-Up." The point of the whole thing was to get a whole bunch of young-ish people together, and have them think of tons of ideas for making the Burgh a better place. This is anything from murals to bike paths to whatevs. The Sprout Fund even has money to fund this sort of thing, although actually getting a fund-able idea wasn't the whole point of the day. Anyway, two of my favorites:

  • Turning old brige trussels into climbing walls.

  • Having some kind of block party/arts festival on one of Pittsburgh's bridges.

I'll give you a minute to let that second one kick in. Seriously, think of the possibilities. How amazing would it be to be eating burgers, listening to music, hanging out with friends, all while enjoying the awesome view of downtown P-burgh and the river (whichever one). Of course I don't know how many people one of those bridges can hold at a time, and no one seemed quite as excited about the whole thing as I was. But regardless, I think this is an idea with merit! New mayor guy! Get the lackies working on this one ASAP!!


  1. Hi,

    I went too.

    If I was ever elected, I swore that my 'opening day party' would be on a bridge and perhaps in a tunnel. How about a block party in the Liberty Tunnels! Or, how about one within the Wabash Tunnels near Station Square -- say all night in January?

    I do like those ideas as well.

    How about a road race -- from the back of the Liberty Tunnel (past Red, White and Blue in park) -- through the tunnel and onto the bridge and back -- say 3 times. ??

    The climbing walls is a 'no brainer' too. Of course we need em and could build them too! How about another on the Smoke Stack of the old South Vo Tech High School on the South Side???

  2. Should have signed my posting:

    Mark Rauterkus