Sunday, January 09, 2005

How do you spell relief?

You're going to put that where? - "Given our intense civic pride, we would never suggest that some of the more rundown parts of Downtown Pittsburgh resemble a disaster area.

But we had to chuckle when the head of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership recently resigned her post to run -- get this -- a disaster relief organization.

Mariann Geyer left her job with the partnership last month to journey out west to Utah, where she will head the Greater Salt Lake chapter of the American Red Cross.

During her more than two years on the job, Geyer watched as Mayor Murphy and other city officials failed to jump-start redevelopment in the dilapidated Fifth-Forbes corridor. She also watched as two highly touted projects expected to spur further Downtown revitalization -- new Lazarus and Lord & Taylor department stores -- went out of business.

Given the decrepit state of a good chunk of Downtown real estate, we have to wonder if Geyer's resume touted her time with the partnership as disaster leadership experience.

Another bites the dust.

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