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Mayor Ravenstahl comes back to the spotlight with several appearances

James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl speaks to the media October 17, 2013 at the newly opened Shop 'n Save in the Centre Heldman Plaza in the Hill.

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, 10:00 p.m.
 

The Tribune-Review is chronicling Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's service until his term ends in January.

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl ended a self-imposed exile last week with a flurry of public appearances and a social media blitz to let people know he's on the job conducting city business.

Ravenstahl was in the office Monday and Tuesday working with staff and meeting with directors, according to spokeswoman Stephanie Sikora. It was the first time since the Tribune-Review began its “Where's Luke?” weekly feature that his office would discuss his whereabouts.

On Wednesday, he appeared publicly for the first time in weeks for a ribbon-cutting at a residential development in the South Side.

The mayor vowed to spend the last days of his administration, which ends in January, touting accomplishments, including debt reduction, balanced budgets and new development.

He highlighted the development angle on Thursday, showing up for the opening of a long-awaited Shop 'n Save grocery store in the Hill District. Ravenstahl, who appeared well-rested, attributed his new-found work ethic to a desire to highlight accomplishments over his time in office.

“Not Luke Ravenstahl, but the work of the administration, the work of private investors, the work of neighborhood advocates,” he said. “I think it's important that we recognize that, because oftentimes not only do people not see that work happening, but they don't realize that it's there and these people are involved.”

Meanwhile, Ravenstahl's staff dusted off a public relations machine that had been nearly silent since March when he dropped his re-election bid. It cranked out four press releases on the mayor's daily doings in one week, compared with four total in September.

Ravenstahl also took to social media, posting a picture of him and son Cooper at his son's school on Twitter. “Family fun night at school!” he wrote.

On Friday, he tweeted a message about meeting with City Hall staff. “Friday staff mtg. Our success is a result of so many dedicated City employees!” said the post accompanying a photo of a meeting in his office.

Did you see Ravenstahl recently? Send photos and details to wheresluke@tribweb.com.

Bob Bauder is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-765-2312 or bbauder@tribweb.com.

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