If you haven’t heard, the G-20 Summit will be in Pittsburgh at the end of the month. The city is in a frenzy getting ready to take on this massive event. Besides all the necessary safety precautions, Pittsburgh is trying to improve its image and make a good impression. I liken it to cleaning the house before the in-laws come to town: dusting those usually neglected corners, bringing out the good linens, and sending that couch-surfing, lazy brother out of town for the weekend.
I’m doing my part by helping the Pittsburgh Beautification Project spruce up some unsightly, abandoned buildings by installing Warhol-esque paintings in place of boarded up windows. Beth and I spent the afternoon painting flowers on giant boards in an empty warehouse. It was a lot of fun getting messy for the cause.
Obviously, Pittsburgh will not be taking the world leaders on tours of our once-beautiful, tree-lined neighborhoods since Duquesne Light has hacked the trees to a diseased looking state. (It needed to be said.)