Monday, November 12, 2007

inner historian: origins of the Allegheny Conference

the Trib rains down on the Allegheny Conference in Sunday's paper. It's such an omnibus critique that its hard to find any one thing to focus on. But here is something you have probably not seen:

The Allegheny Conference for Community Development for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

by John David Weidlein. May 1950.

It's a large file because it had to be scanned from paper. It's a Princeton Univeristy undergraduate senior thesis. Unsurprisingly given it's date, it's a bit hagiographic, that and I think the author was the son of one of the early board members. nonetheless it has some interesting history documented. If you read it, note how much of the focus was on Downtown parking... and people think history does not impact our current dilemmas.