On a Pedestal

Citizens of Aspinwall & State Spending Priorities

by Douglas Heuck
Last summer, Susan Crookston looked at the 8-​acre Aspinwall Marina site on the Allegheny River, which was about to become a 650-​car parking lot. When she saw it, the Aspinwall mother of three said, “If this plan falls through for some reason, we should try to buy this ourselves.”

Local Republican Party /​Mark Roosevelt

by Douglas Heuck
The dubious distinction of being the first to be placed in the rusty, old Pittsburgh Quarterly stockade goes to the local Republican Party. We’re putting the party in the pillory for essentially being a no-​show in city politics. If ever there were a time when the Republicans should have recognized…

Riverlife & Mayor Luke Ravenstahl

by Douglas Heuck
In the late 1990s, Teresa Heinz and others gazed at the new Alcoa headquarters and its North Shore neighbor, the new Lincoln Properties. Both occupied key riverfront spots. But compared with the standard-​setting Alcoa structure, the residential development looked like a Motel 6.

Homewood Children’s Village, Civic Complacency

by Douglas Heuck
Quietly, so far, an exciting change is developing in Homewood. A project called the Homewood Children’s Village is taking shape with the aim of bringing a wide array of social services to bear to help youngsters survive and thrive in one of Pittsburgh’s toughest neighborhoods.

Medrad, J. Rothermel, Steelers, Gov. Corbett

by PQ Staff
Medrad: Top manufacturing, again If there is one economic sector that lives in the minds of Americans when they consider Pittsburgh, it’s manufacturing. And excellence in manufacturing is not just in the pages of the region’s history. For the second time in eight years, Medrad has won the prestigious Malcolm…

The Googling of Pittsburgh, Threats to Our Liberty

by PQ Staff
In the same day this fall, local headlines described three separate events that, taken together, should give all of us pause:

Ben Roethlisberger, World Environment Day Leaders

by Douglas Heuck
Over the past several years, Pittsburgh has hosted one signature event each year — an event that’s drawn attention and visitors to our city: Pittsburgh Roars, Pittsburgh Celebrates Glass, Pittsburgh 250 and the G-​20 Summit. And now, this year, Pittsburgh is hosting World Environment Day in June. These major events don’t happen…

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund & Our State Leaders

by Douglas Heuck
Long involved in charitable giving, East End residents Jacqui and Jeff Morby wanted to do more. They wanted to affect the lives of others for the better. So five years ago, they created the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.

The Pittsburgh Penguins & WQED

by Douglas Heuck
As America’s first public television station, WQED has a storied history. Unfortunately, it’s not living up to that legacy.

Steelers, Neighbor Aid, Schools, Federated Investors

by Douglas Heuck
The Pittsburgh Steelers: Here we go. In a season when both the landscape and the economy have been frozen and dreary, life in Pittsburgh has been full of excitement and expectation, thanks to the Steelers. So up on the pedestal they go for lighting a bonfire of Pittsburgh spirit and…

Pittsburgh Roars & the Pirates

by PQ Staff
On a pedestal: Pittsburgh roars ahead Western Pennsylvania has never been a place where marketing held much sway. The companies that supplied the oil, steel, glass, aluminum and money for America’s expansion didn’t need to market. America called on them. Marketing may even have been somewhat distasteful in Pittsburgh, where…
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