Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Ghost in the slag

At the risk of further irking Mr. Infinonymous (and a few others in town no doubt)...  what is missing in this story.

Also in the Trib, I would recommend folks take heed of this short newsoid.


Blogger Grimace said...

$450,000-$500,000 a house in Summerset? Wow.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010 9:44:00 AM  
Blogger Infinonymous said...


A news report concerning the track record of a heavily subsidized, behind-schedule housing project, a report that invites fact-vs-fantasy scrutiny of the project* with particular focus on 1) bidding procedures, 2) whether project "profits" underwritten by the public were steered to those with ties to the elected official(s) who pushed the project, and, most important, 3) a comparison of the real-world figures with the projections and promises used to push public dollars into the project?

Irksome? Not a bit.

* a job for a crack university-related research unit, perhaps?

P.S. We have strong reason to believe former mayor Murphy appreciates your dauntless efforts on his behalf.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

We have strong reason to believe former mayor Murphy appreciates your dauntless efforts on his behalf.

Tapeworm again?

Wednesday, April 07, 2010 11:48:00 AM  
Blogger Infinonymous said...


Wednesday, April 07, 2010 11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

See this page for Mark Twain's quote on nosism. I suppose you might get under the wire as 'editor'.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010 12:09:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

See nosism. I was thinking of the Twain quote, but forgot that "editors" were included. You might qualify.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010 12:12:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

My tapeoworm gets impatient when comments take a while to post.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010 12:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow- for that price you could get a pretty nice place downtown or some other city neighborhood that has some history and character. Summerset is kind of isolated for my taste.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010 9:34:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Tom Murphy? Who mentioned him? Why would anyone mention Murphy in that story. Bizarre?

You are missing the point. If you want we can argue the man's entire record and I'll at least partially take up his defense. But that's a topic unto itself. Look at the article. If someone wants to say: Summerset, great idea and Murphy was the guy who made it happen.. fine. If you want to say, Summerset, worst waste of public resources ever, that Murphy character is to blame... fine as well. But that he has been completely excised from the historical record is just too Orwellian for me.... Negationism to be a bit more precise? What are the history books going to say about who was mayor for 12 years.. Assuming they just don't white the guy out, I wouldnt be surprised at the rate this is going that future history books wind up saying Oliver Cromwell was the city's Lord High protector for a dozen whole years.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010 9:34:00 PM  
Blogger Infinonymous said...

The "we" was an (evidently obtuse) response to the use of "Mr. Infinonymous," which implied a single, male Infinonymous. No haughtiness intended.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010 9:56:00 PM  
Blogger Infinonymous said...

So long as the Lord & Taylor building remains vacant, the Lazarus bonds remain unpaid, the convention center requires heavy and unplanned subsidies, the Pirates suck by design, and the Steelers are occupying their rent-free stadium, Tom Murphy's legacy will be hard to ignore.

Refraining from mentioning that legacy seems a mercy, and a promoter of mental health, rather than "negationism." Do you wish to have your spectacular failures mentioned frequently? If so, post them weekly.

Regarding the defense: If you are going to persist in this stance, sir, you need to keep your gloves up. Otherwise, it's not sporting.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010 10:03:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Who knew that wanting history to be accurate would be such a chore? Sigh.

and all I want is to get a bike bridge named for the guy. Double sigh.

Though you do spark a neuron. I wonder if there is guerilla art sprouting inside the Lord and Taylor building.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010 10:12:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

...which implied a single, male Infinonymous.

I did not know that Infinonymous is multiple people. Sorry.

Summerset is kind of isolated for my taste.

For my taste, it is also too isolated, but I don't think it is hugely over-priced unless the surrounding parts of Squirrel Hill are overpriced. Having wandered in them both finished and under construction, they are certainly more solidly constructed than what you see in the suburban developments that sell for $300k and have a much longer commute. If you want to be in town, in new construction, and on a boringly safe street, there is not much else.

It is very much out of my range, but I should probably give Murphy a bit of applause because I am glad it is there instead of a slag heap.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010 10:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris, Chris, Chris. It's the TRIB! Of course Murphy's not going to get his due. A number of (brief) "journalism" careers there focused almost exclusively on tearing him down. Perhaps Mr. Infini(s) was/were part of that effort.

It's the "forest for the trees" syndrome, I think. While the rest of the Rust Belt sank--see Cleveland, Detroit and Buffalo-- Pittsburgh stayed afloat, thanks in large part to Murphy. Some battles lost, of course, but the war was won. Naming a bridge for him is the least the city can do. If a golf course can be named for a mayor just because he died in office, then a small span can honor the city's second-longest serving top elected official.

Yes, I did.

Thursday, April 08, 2010 9:03:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

If a golf course can be named for a mayor just because he died in office...

That's another thing. In general, I am opposed to naming things after politicians who are living. I arrived at this view on a trip through West Virginia.

Thursday, April 08, 2010 9:26:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

It's the TRIB!

I seemed to have missed all the gratuitous Murphy mentions in the PG... or any other media outlet in town.

Thursday, April 08, 2010 9:41:00 AM  
Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

Talk about Orwellian, Chris ... I remember my neighborhood was named East Allegheny during the Murphy administration, or even West Deutschtown ... since that time we've been told that we "really" live in Spring Garden. It's all of one piece.

Thursday, April 08, 2010 1:47:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

Lower Cranberry?

Thursday, April 08, 2010 2:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll admit it's a bit of a rogue's gallery, but a search of "summerset" and "tom murphy" at the PG archives turns up a number of LTE's from the past 5 years or so defending Murphy, as well as op-eds from Bob Cranmer, Craig Kwiesinski (sp.) and Elsie Hillman. Brian O'Neill also recently credited Murphy, in part, for Summerset's success.

So at least the PG has enough of an open mind to run pro-Murphy pieces, thanks to its readers.

Now that I think of it, Elsie Hillman might be a good chairperson for the Tom Murphy Bridge Committee.

If the bridge is too much to stomach at this point in history, what about naming the new turnoff from Browns Hill Road to Summerset after him?

Thursday, April 08, 2010 4:01:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

I'm going to call that road IHOP Drive, assuming they actually built the IHOP.

Thursday, April 08, 2010 4:12:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

The IHOP sign says it is supposed to be there Spring of 2010 doesn't it??. and no sign of construction as yet. I am guessing the sign's prophecy is not going to be fulfilled.

Thursday, April 08, 2010 4:18:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

The last time I paid attention to the sign, that's what it said. However, I could have easily missed a small change to the sign.

Thursday, April 08, 2010 4:25:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Bram... it would have to be more than just a name change. Orwellian would be if someone came in and said a North Side neighborhood would no longer exist in the future... and then later claim it never existed.

Oh.. wait a sec.

Friday, April 09, 2010 9:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Duck and Holler said...

That the IHOP in Duck Hollow Heights, right?

Heard a funny one on Marty this morning ... a caller said he lived in "Upper St. Beltzhoover".

Friday, April 09, 2010 1:25:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Duck Hollow Heights

I love that.

Friday, April 09, 2010 5:29:00 PM  

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