Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf will skip Donald Trump's visit - Washington Times
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto addresses members of the media on October 28, during a press conference in Pittsburgh, after eleven. Press Releases • Sustainable City Mayor part of world coalition of leaders in Paris addressing climate change Mayor Peduto will meet with leaders of hundreds of other cities from every continent who are demonstrating. President Trump made no public speech. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto had explicitly asked Trump not to come on Tuesday. As he made his way into Tree of Life, the press pool could make out protesters from blocks away.
Named after a character in an Andy Warhol movie, the loop was a bus circulator routed around popular bars and nightspots. Though the bus only ran for two years before state funding cuts killed it, it became a symbol of possibility and change in the city. It was also a sign that Peduto knew how to get stuff done. Significantly, Peduto won his first city election without the endorsement of the local Democratic Party organizations.
One of his first moves in office was grooming his young activist friends for political leadership through a new fellowship he named after the powerful Seneca chief Guyasuta, who led French and British settlers through the woods of western Pennsylvania. He was playing the long game of movement building.
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As a council member, he made friends across the city by pushing forward ambitious ordinances with impacts that a broad group would feel. He got clean-air bills passed and crafted a responsible banking law that incentivized banks that do business with the city to invest in low-income areas.
By Election Day it was very clear the movement building had paid off. Peduto won a definitive 85 percent of votes in the city. Laying the Groundwork Sweat beading his brow, a look of dazed glee on his face, Peduto stood before a crowd of supporters at a victory party far from downtown, at a venue in a working-class section of the city called Homewood.
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Homewood holds a special significance for Peduto. After immigrating to Pittsburgh from Italy, his family opened a produce stand there. He criticized his predecessors for using limited economic development dollars to subsidize downtown developers and shared a vision of safer neighborhoods connected by improved public transit and bolstered by new job-generating growth.
In that time, the Mayor established a Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment, which focuses on bringing jobs and other opportunities to low-income neighborhoods through partnerships with residents and community leaders.
He touts it as a two-for-one solution for affordable housing and local manufacturing jobs. It sounds fanciful, but an ambitious green prefab housing development has already gone up in East Larimer, next to Homewood, and the administration is looking at vacant land tracts that could become whole new prefab neighborhoods. And if those neighborhoods become so desirable that they are no longer affordable?
Well, Peduto has a solution for that, too. One small move was requiring city departments to open accounts with Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods that enables communication between residents and city workers. And he introduced a program of informal public meetings in his Pittsburgh City-County Building office. The meetings are open to anyone who wants to attend and are largely unscripted, with city residents raising issues and the mayor taking notes and directing the problems to the right departments.
But of course, the bigger moves will be trickier — and likely involve tough political decisions.
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Talking about neighborhoods is one thing. Rebuilding them in an aging post-industrial city is another. The Hill District is ground zero for bad urban planning. In the s, then-mayor David Lawrence sent black Pittsburgh packing from the area that had been the center of African-American culture in the city since the Great Migration.
Inthe city began demolishing homes, small businesses, churches and schools. By the aughts, the arena was outdated and the Penguins wanted to move. Indemolition began on the enormous dome. Today, the site is a surface parking lot the size of a small lake — 28 acres. The plan is to redevelop the site with hundreds of new units of housing, offices and shops. City politicians and neighborhood groups all want to see the Civic Arena site developed, but the negotiations are fraught with a powerful mistrust borne of decades of broken promises, disinvestment and plain old politics.
Hill District leaders want to see more affordable housing included, while the developer, St. Louis-based McCormack Baron Salazar, says increasing affordable units will require more public subsidy. Before Luke Ravenstahl left office, he negotiated with the Penguins on a community benefits agreement for development of the old arena site. So we had to make a pretty compelling case of why Pittsburgh, and we did.
And we checked all the boxes that they needed, and we made sure that they were able to get operations running within six months, to be able to have a test track through our foundation community down in Hazelwood, to be able to get access to the roads to be able to begin the testing, and then being able to pick up customers and to get the operations to be the first in the world.
Well, first, you mentioned that they needed some talent and they were going to work with CMU. All of the sudden, these guys were offered hundred-thousand-dollar signing bonuses and substantial raises, and quite a few of them just left. So, let me say just a couple things, because I get criticized from both the right and the left on this.
But at the same time, I have plus people now working down in Lawrenceville, about another 50 working in Hazelwood. Direct meetings in my office with the CEO of Uber and their executive team, direct talks on a continual basis in order to be able, and then my team being able to deliver everything that was asked for so they could be able to make that commitment for the billion-dollar investment. But you said that the relationship is still going to exist. Of course, the news with Travis Kalanickhe is out.
And I think a lot of people are pretty happy about that, maybe you included. But are you confident that you can work with whoever is going to replace him? We have the real potential of being the global center for this industry, and the real thanks for that goes to Carnegie Mellon University. Well, I think Carnegie Mellon has a lot to do with it. So, you mentioned a billion dollars coming in from Ford. Do you anticipate a good partnership with them? I mean, Ford and Bill Ford speak on the same message that I just talked about, about the future of this world is not two cars in every garage.
The Ford Motor Company will become the Ford Mobility Company, and they understand that they have the opportunity to lead it for another century. And so the conversations we have with Ford are very different than the conversations we have with Uber.
Even the conversations we have with Argo AI, which is the company that has been created, and insisted to Ford on two things: Number Two, we have to be located in Pittsburgh. And why did they want to come back to Pittsburgh from Silicon Valley, leaving Uber to stay in Pittsburgh and from other places?
Because they all went to Carnegie Mellon together. They all worked together with Red Whittaker down in Hazelwood. They were all the people that helped to build this industry, and they consider this home. Well, it is a great testament, and it is amazing how many people who were born and lived here, even if they go somewhere else for college, or even if they get their first couple jobs somewhere else, they want to come home and still consider Pittsburgh home.
I tell people this all the time. Pittsburgh is an ethnicity. It is an ethnicity. It is an ethnic nation that you have certain traditions. You have all the different things that we celebrate the holidays around with our families and our own countries of origin. Pittsburghers do it together as one with all the same traditions.
They search high and low in Denver, Colorado, for a case of Iron City beer. They try to make their own chipped ham and do it horribly. But they do all the things that you would do for a celebration of Christmas or Hanukkah, and you do it in the same way but we do it in the Pittsburgh way. Could you tell us a little bit about that whole interaction, about what you heard, how you responded, and the aftermath of that response?
I get very few alerts. I get alerts if the Penguins make a trade. How did we get involved in this?
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Oh my gosh, no. I was in Paris. I was at that agreement. I was working with mayors from around the world. I was part of a delegation of about 20 U. Would you like to filter? It just really, I think, touched a nerve on two accounts: You know, I think the second thing was, with a lot of the rhetoric during the campaign, there were a lot of different groups in the world that felt that America had turned against them, and, for them, it was good to see that there were those that were willing to stand up for what we consider American values, and that is being a partner and being able to address issues head on and solve them.
Pittsburgh mayor, Pa. governor will skip Trump's visit
So, for example, I understand that you are doing a very prestigious keynote address in London later on this year? Yeah, next week I leave. So, my discussion is on urban mobility. What the heck is going on in Pittsburgh? So how do we create mobility that is able to help people to be able to advance from middle class to upper middle class, from poverty into middle class and being able to have opportunity for people to get to jobs? The old economy was based upon product-to-market.
How do you get big steel on a river, on a rail, on a tractor trailer to get it to the market in order to be able to sell that steel? How do you get the talent to the areas that they need to?
We used to have cameras, right? And that was to make people safe. Somebody that is running up and down the street erratically, again, the alert will be able to come out. There are 26 people walking, 19 northbound, 7 southbound. At that bank, 42 people have entered since 8: What the heck are we going to do? So who is going to buy a bond? And so, when we talk about this, again, I get attacked by the right and the left on it.