They took political risks that paid off for the region

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The article by J. Brady McCollough on Oct. 1 ("Playoff Baseball to Give Nation a Glimpse of PNC Park Gem") was great and it captured much of the drama of our efforts at the time, but there was one glaring omission. None of this would have happened without the leadership of then Allegheny County commissioners Mike Dawida, a Democrat, and Bob Cranmer, a Republican. We were partners in the truest sense of the word.

For years there has always been talk about city-county cooperation. In my memory at no time was it better; the ballpark, the stadium and convention center are tangible examples of what can be achieved. After the defeat of the referendum, Bob and Mike clearly knew the political risks to move forward with the development plans. They didn't blink because they knew that it was important for our region.

We celebrated their courage and leadership during the Pirates playoffs and will continue to because they reached for a better future for our region instead of, as we see far too often, choosing a short-term political advantage.

North Side

The writer was the mayor of Pittsburgh for 12 years, beginning in 1994.


First Published October 19, 2013 8:00 PM


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