Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
Laurel: To Point Park University. Despite what two preservation groups say, the Downtown school's plan to incorporate a number of old building facades into its new Pittsburgh Playhouse complex is the perfect tribute to the city's past. Indeed, preservation of those facades — as is — would be striking. But, in this case, it would not be practical, neither architecturally nor financially. Point Park has found the best alternative.
Lance: To the Greater Pittsburgh Police Federal Credit Union. Two cleaning women have been charged with stealing the personal information of more than 30 credit union members. They contemplated using it to open fraudulent credit card accounts though told police they never did. But here's an important question: Why wasn't this information under lock and key? (It now is, officials say.) Members should not tolerate such disregard for their privacy.
Laurel: To the Pittsburgh Steelers. This spring, they'll return to public view the portal sculpture from the south end of the old Manchester Bridge. The 13-by-37-foot sculpture will be erected near Stage AE, adjacent to Heinz Field. And the Steelers will pay the $1 million cost. It will be a wonderful addition to the North Shore.
That said, we can only wonder how long it takes some sensitive, politically correct type to complain that the sculpture somehow is “un-American.” After all, one of the figures depicted — Seneca Indian tribe leader Guyasuta — sided with the British in the American Revolution. Ahem.