The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “renewal

A Tale of Three Rivers

Posted on February 10, 2015

IT WAS ONLY THREE DECADES AGO that Pittsburgh was deemed to be dying – an urban nightmare with polluted rivers, crumbling inner core, steadily declining employment, and a population fleeing for greener pastures. Yet the city my wife and I visited this past weekend showed rare traces of such a blighted past. Instead, we were caught up in a city life teeming with creativity, investment, and a keen new belief in itself. In just few years it has transformed from a warning to a model. We had first been invited down by officials this past summer for the 15th anniversary of their RiverLife project. Rarely had we witnessed a waterfront so teeming with possibilities. Even though this past weekend’s visit was in the midst of…

Have a Little Faith

Posted on June 12, 2014

IT MIGHT VERY WELL HAVE BEEN A SEMINAL MOMENT in London politics, though I doubt anyone realizes it yet. The London Community Foundation had just presented a proposal that would bring numerous partners together to stage an international design competition for a large stretch of the Thames River. There was positive energy in the gallery, among the city administration present, and also from the politicians on the committee that would pass it on to a larger council vote. The chair of the committee – a seasoned politician – expressed his concern that the Foundation’s proposal and leadership was perhaps all vision and little reality. Whether he understood it or not, he was quickly letting the air out of the Council chambers. Perhaps seeking some…


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