Pittsburgh Tuesday takes - PittsburghLIVE.com: "Says Mayor Tom Murphy: 'I would challenge you as you drive out to the airport to tell me where Pittsburgh ends and Green Tree or Carnegie or Moon Township begins.' The comment came in a Friday forum on merging Pittsburgh and Allegheny County governments into one. Mr. Murphy was bemoaning the competition between jurisdictions to attract business. Actually, Mayor, it's easy to tell where Pittsburgh ends -- once you leave the city limits, new development can be seen virtually everywhere.
I could and would take that challenge. It is easy.
My kids swim on the Green Tree Swim Team. That can't occur in the city. Find a swim team, then you've located the end of the city.
The swim team isn't the important missing link to a rebirth in Pittsburgh's quality of life. However, everything that the team represents is at the crux of the issue. Self discovery, self reliance, self discipline, teamwork, and the cycles of cooperation and competition.