Revisionism, Unhistory, and Pittsburgh's Mayoral Memory Hole
If anyone ever asked me to pose questions to mayoral candidates, I could have some fun with this. I would ask the mayoral candidates straight up what credit they think the Murphy administration deserves (or doesn't deserve) in the redevelopment of Pittsburgh. (has this question been asked?) PBT describes the Murphy legacy as vexing, and so the question would be for mayoral candidates today. Consider that Wagner actually ran against Murphy for Mayor and Peduto spent much of his first years in office attacking all things Murphy. The antagonistic histories both candidates have with Murphy play some not inconsequential roles in how this current race is playing out. If the incumbent was still in the race, the Murphy animosity goes multigenerational.
If rehabilitation is at hand, it really is quite a change of course for the region. How much Tom Murphy has been shunted really came to a head when the G-20 came to town? If you remember, one of the big talking points was how Pittsburgh was chosen in part because of the city's David Lawrence Convention Center. Yet in all that media attention nobody ever mentioned at all Tom Murphy's role in pushing for the building to be constructed. Whether you thought the center itself was a good idea, or a horrible idea, his complete erasing from history at that point was straight out of Minitrue.
something he authentically supported to include a trip on the yet to be completed Great Allegheny Passage. Stuff he was working on long before he became mayor. I may have to restart my campaign to get the bike/ped span twinning the Hot Metal Bridge named for him.