Sunday, August 21, 2011

InsolvenCity Welcomes New Voice As Infrastructure Decline Precipitates The 'Killer Raindrops' Era

At a time when the list of grave threats imperiling InsolvenCity (and baffling its overmatched leaders) is revealed to include rain, a promising new voice -- the 3MurkyRivers blog -- observes that the precipitating problem might be the thicket of scandal that appears to involve everything (and everyone) associated with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.

(In fairness, we note that although the PWSA was unable to prevent an August rainstorm from drowning four people on a paved InsolvenCity street, the PWSA's stormwater pipe was adequate to transport the corpse of a 72-year-old woman from Washington Boulevard to the bank of the Allegheny River.)

The PWSA scarely needs another scandal, and there is no apparent reason to believe any revelation would incline the relevant prosecutors or the Ravenstahl administration to address the problems at PWSA, but has anyone attempted to connect dots between this story and the PWSA?

Infytune: Drowned, Pete Townshend
Infytune: Who'll Stop The Rain?, John Fogerty
Intytune: Bad Moon Rising, Creedence Clearwater Revival


Anonymous said...

Another chance to slag the mayor for anything or everything. No surprise. Making fun of people drowning with some smart-ass song? Wow, just wow.

You really think the mayor and the people at the water authority wanted those people to die? You think he wouldn't have stopped it if he could have? You think that he "let" it happen? You're a sick person. I feel sorry for you.

JenEngland said...

Well, politicians always seem to wish they could have prevented tragedy in its aftermath. However the outdated, overworked, overwhelmed sewer system, plus allowing developers to have their way with the city is most likely a strong contributing factor towards this particular tragedy. Given the opportunity to do something about it, he/they haven't done anything. That inaction makes them, as leaders, culpable. Furthermore, when City Council passed a last summer to help abate storm water run-off, I don't recall the Mayor coming out in support of it, in fact, I don't think he ever even signed the bill. Granted, he didn't veto it (if memory serves) but he didn't sign it. So the Mayor's history of leadership on this is inaction at best.

However, if the Mayor or any other politician would now like to take real substantive steps to address these serious structural deficiencies, I for one will applaud them. It's ok, sometimes political machinery is slow to adapt, slow to understand the new realities. But I for one would welcome a "come to jesus" moment for our mayor and/or any other politicians that want to jump on this and do right.

Anonymous said...

In Pittsburgh, only 19 percent of city residents approve the mayor’s performance — with 48 percent disapproving — and 33 percent have no opinion.