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We must get it together quickly for the G-20

Written by Rosa Colucci on .

The exposure of Pittsburgh to the world during the G-20 summit excites and worries me.

I'm a resident of Florida, spending summers in my hometown of Pittsburgh. Recently, I vacationed in Vienna, Austria, before returning to my beloved summer home. Since I plan retirement in the hometown I was born and raised in -- Pittsburgh -- I have a great interest in Pittsburgh being No. 1. Presently, we're not "cutting it"!

Vienna is extraordinarily clean! Downtown Pittsburgh shocked me in the debris and messiness on city streets and sidewalks. Also, the loiterers on street corners and park benches are frightening.

I don't know how the mayor and City Council can handle this problem economically and expeditiously before the G-20 ... but "pride in Pittsburgh" needs to be ignited for the world to appreciate our beauty. The rivers, stadiums, casinos and bridges are not enough.

NANCY DOWNS
Upper St. Clair

 

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