Metroblogging Pittsburgh: Bob O'Connor's Vision Bob O'Connor's VisionMy comment there and here:
Bob already had supported the building of the mega projects -- the stadiums, the convention center, the Mon Valley Toll Way, the tunnel under the river, the downtown NORDSTROM department store, with its $50-million seed money, Lord & Taylor, Lazarus, etc.
Bob also got a finger in the eye on day one of his final campaign when he floated another HUGE spending spree on the return to streetcars. That went over like a lead balloon.
Bob then turned to the little things -- because that was the only dream he could sell. "Would you like an order of fries with that fixed pothole?"
When he talked about the big deal developments -- like the streetcar thingie, it exploded in his face. Other bid deal developments had blown up in his past as well.