I wonder if today's retrospective on city council relations
with the mayor, seemingly at an all time low, is a little bit rosy in it's view of the past. Brian O. also takes up the circus
that has indeed become the 5th floor, but how different is it from his own story now more than a couple decades ago: Prague could teach Pittsburgh a lesson in civics
. Weren't there stories of swearing and actual fisticuffs on rare occassion in the not too distant past? I personally wonder how tv has impacted the daily machinations of council. In a world of uber informaton I'd plot the time series of words per exhortation. There is a paper in that. Not sure who would do it? Political scientists? Linguists? I've never quite figured out what the communications department does. Maybe them?
Between that and county political news yesterday, Pete Flaherty keeps popping up.