East of the Cantini
Worth mentioning because the redevelopment of East Liberty is one of the keystone examples of Pittsburgh's rebirth. Not that anyone remembers the earlier efforts to deal with the closing of Sears and open the Home Depot there. Maybe East Liberty's 'rebirth' came when they eliminated the pedestrian mall that once defined all that was inside the nominally kaput Penn Circle.
But recall when Eastside (or is it East Side I now?) was but a vision. I am still waiting for the Krispy Kreme that was supposed to go in with the Whole Foods. That was just such a perfect Pittsburgh pairing... before the cupcake craze no less. Not to be of course, the anticipated chain of Krispy Kremes in town appeared to melt away. All of which is tied to more recent news of late. What was on the site of Eastside I and II before they were built? The central motor pool of that which is Yellow Cab in Pittsburgh.
What is sad is that most of my memories are now the subject for the archeologists. A sure sign I am getting old.
But I am really fascinated by the new moniker. What was one word for the longest time, Eastside, I take is now East Side. Semantics.. semantics. I wonder why the naming consultant thought that was necessary?
There is more going on of note in East Liberty these days. The long off then on, then off, then on Hotel Indigo (first mentioned here in 2007) is showing signs of life with a whole new floor apparently being built on top of the Consad Building. But what is up with the uber earned media Ace Hotel that was to go in next to the library? 2015 is the buzz... and it may still beat the opening of Hotel Indigo for all I can tell.
It really may be time for an epilogue to be made for www.eastofliberty.com/
and as epilogue here: Michel Therrien was a fall guy!