Friday, July 07, 2006

Welcome to Pittsburgh! Now get off my road.

Pittsburgh is hosting the Major League Baseball All Star Game this weekend. Which is great. It makes for good national exposure for a city that badly needs it. We’re supposed to have spectacular weather this weekend. Lots of folks from out of town will get to see our fair city, and give the local economy a little bump while they’re at it. All in all, a good thing.

Except for one thing.

Apparently hosting the All Star Game means that we need to close down half of our major streets in the name of security. During rush hour.

Pittsburgh is infamous for being difficult to navigate by car. We do the best we can given our topography, but we’re a city built around three rivers and into numerous hillsides. One-way streets abound. No, you can’t go back the same way you came. Don’t even ask me about PennDOT. Those of us who were raised here are used to it and good at it. Those from out of town are basically screwed. But start closing half of town, and even the locals panic.

So, if you’re visiting this weekend, welcome! We’re glad you’re here. Stay a spell. See the sights. Have a drink. I’d be happy to give you directions, or tell you where to get a good sandwich.

Just get off my road.


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