Let’s focus on making this already great city even better. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Streetsblog editors from New York, Washington and Los Angeles have tried to make sense of what happened on Tuesday, and what it means to the livable-streets movement.
Much of my family is from Pittsburgh. Like San Francisco, it is a beautiful place, bounded by water, with hills, great, walkable neighborhoods, and bridges. Pennsylvania was a battleground state. One of my best friends from Pittsburgh, Jim, wanted nothing to do with either political party; he didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton.
For sure, Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric brought out the worst in America. But Trump didn’t win on racism and misogyny alone.
It’s understandable why many in the rust belt want nothing to do with the political establishment. Pittsburgh was a steel town. Not too long ago, people had good, union jobs and lived in modest, comfortable houses. Over time, however, the steel industry went off to Asia in search of cheap labor.
There was a joke in rust-belt cities: “would the last one to leave please turn out the lights?”
In fairness to Pittsburgh, it has managed to diversify its economy to some extent. But it’s a shell of what it once was.
That said, a few years back, an airline advertised a special, direct flight from Pittsburgh to Paris. Jim and his wife had always dreamed of visiting. It was their first trip overseas.