I bet you never knew about the Burgh’s “legacy of foolishness”

A letter to the PG’s editor:

What’s with all this street cleaning?

Outrageous and embarrassing are two words that come to mind when I think about Pittsburgh’s street-cleaning obsession.

I have lived abroad, as well as in Atlanta, Denver, Washington, D.C., Toronto and Calgary, Canada. In none of these places do they clean the streets so often. Two to four times a year is the average frequency. In contrast, not only does the city of Pittsburgh dedicate personnel to this useless activity, but they also dedicate enforcement people to ticket offenders.

The inconvenience and hassle this causes to those who would park on Pittsburgh streets is doubly infuriating, when you consider the total wastefulness of the enterprise.

People of Pittsburgh, we shouldn’t have to continue this legacy of foolishness. Let’s give the cleaners and enforcers meaningful work.

Squirrel Hill

I . . . I just. I mean…

I give up. This is the stupidest thing I have ever read. I understand if someone feels the street cleaning is a little too frequent, but COME ON!

Yeah Burghers! Rebel and protest the “outrageous and embarrassing” “legacy of foolishness” that is street cleaning.

And the next time you are traveling and you meet someone and they ask you where you are from say, “Oh, God. I don’t want to tell you. It is so embarrassing. You see, I’m from Pittsburgh.” Then look around and make sure no one is listening, lean in close and whisper, “They clean the streets there.”

M. Isaacs, if you read my blog, please don’t write me. I just cannot be associated with people as ludicrous as you. Thanks!


  1. pittgirl
    October 17, 2005 10:22 pm

    A city with clean streets. Is this really a reputation we want to have? Thanks for the link, Stewart.

  2. Anonymous
    October 18, 2005 9:16 am

    You know there is this naturally occurring phenomena called rain of which Pittsburgh has an over-abundance and that basically does the same thing that the street cleaner does.

  3. pittgirl
    October 19, 2005 9:07 am

    Having a problem with the frequency of street cleanings is NOT ludicrous. Calling it an “outrageous and embarrassing legacy of foolishness” however is.

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