existential politics in existential Pittsburgh
I was thinking about geography. One reason why the city race doesn't gain much traction is that the city is really just a small fraction of the local media market. Not that people realize it. Many get so confused between city/county and region that issues get confused daily. I swear I once heard a city secretary take a call from someone who was insistent they could help with some potholes in Bellevue. When it comes to politics I have heard folks from more than a couple suburbs think at various times they were going to be able to vote in past mayors' races.
Wait~ All stop! Speaking of geography. I swear I am typing this with the tape of the debate playing almost as background... Did Wendy Bell just ask the candidates what to do about Braddock and Rankin... or at least used them as examples of places that have not been able to reinvent themselves as has East Liberty. Skip my long ago comments on Eastside, but Braddock? Rankin? Maybe Fetterman will get some write in votes. Sigh. And people are debating who John V. is? Let's start with debating what Pittsburgh is? I want to cry.
Some other news today is another kerfuffle over comments by state rep Metcalf. It's all too strange to comment on, but again on geography. If folks don't understand whether they are city residents are not.... far fewer have any concept who their state rep is. I looked around and didn't see any terriby useful maps to help the public figure it out.. some small scale maps from the state are out there is all if you look hard enough. I'd be curious if anyone is surprised to learn from this map that they are residents of Pennsylvania's 12th legislative district currently represented by Rep. Metcalf.