1/9 In a little more than a month, I'll start looking for another place to live for a few reasons. One place I know I won't be looking is in @Pittsburgh. The roads aren't maintained and don't get plowed, firefighters are begging on the streets.
2/9 But the mayor, @BillPeduto, yammers about bicycles (@Pittsburgh is generally much too hilly for bicycling and I see very few people even on the electric bicycles that are available all around Oakland) and his corporate connections.
3/9 @BillPeduto is more worried about moving the Zone 5 #WhiteSupremacist (@PghPolice) headquarters back into the 'hood.
4/9 @Pittsburgh takes care of business, if by business, you mean high tech artificial idiocy that draws people in from out of town to push up *some* real estate values.
5/9 @Pittsburgh takes care of business, if by business, you mean drunken college students doing stupid shit in the South Side and restaurants where only the rich can afford to eat in neighborhoods where there's no parking available.
6/9 @Pittsburgh does *not* take care of business if you are poor or working class. But hey, there's this urban connector project so people will be able walk between a now-deserted downtown and @PPGPaintsArena.
7/9 If @BillPeduto has a clue what it's like to be poor or working class, you couldn't tell it from his tweets, which are all about (corporate) "partnerships that produce change." What change?
8/9 Homewood, Lincoln-Lemington, and Larimer are all a short walk from Point Breeze, where @BillPeduto lives. If he's ever even been in those neighborhoods, you couldn't tell. The mayor's solution is trickle-down.
9/9 There are a lot of @Pittsburgh neighborhoods that have seen plenty of trickle-down, as in the rich pissing on the poor. That's pretty clearly what @BillPeduto is about. And the man has the gall to run for re-election. Wow.

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