My good friend Jonathan noticed this on the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s website on their Market Square page.
Let’s not even talk about the “park hours” because my brain will explode trying to understand why Market Square, a giant slab of concrete, even has official “park hours.” Like, if you sit down to drink a cup of coffee at 5:30 in the morning, will you be kicked out? Kablooey.
Anyway, what I wanted to point out was that last bullet point.
You see, while the pigeon is the very representation of the quintessential urban Burgher, according to the City of Pittsburgh, that doesn’t mean you should feed them.
BECAUSE THEY ARE DISEASED MURDEROUS VERMIN.
And speaking of pigeons, this from reader Karen:
Just wanted to let you know… my mother-in-law, 6 year old daughter and 1 year old son went to the Aviary today and one of those evil giant pigeons tried to eat my baby. He was sleeping in the stroller and I saw the bird looking around, checking for dropped goldfish, I guess. Next thing I know, the pigeon nibbled Charlie’s toe! Not so hard that it woke the baby up, but seriously. Please stop eating my baby.
Are you also saying in your head, with an Australian accent, “Maybe the pigeon ate yo baby?”
Also, I know there are going to be comments about how yes, indeed, Market Square is a giant slab of concrete and that is stupid, but I beg to differ. It is meant to be a public square. A public meeting place. A place to hold a concert. The Farmers Market. A protest. A rally. A place where a canopy can be pitched. A wedding can be held. A flash mob can dance.
As it was, it wasn’t really conducive to those types of gatherings, what with the raised grassy platforms, the street right through the middle of it, etc.
As it is now, it works.
Think of it as a piazza like Trafalgar Square in London or the Piazza San Marco in Venice or the Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Then you’ll see its potential for downtown Pittsburgh.
The only thing I wish it had? A fountain. It needs a fountain. Someone get on that.