Vanaski: City looks to leave 'Gatsby' days behind
This one movie has been stuck in my head this week. It's called, “Man of the Century.”
It's a comedy about a guy who is living in modern-day America (which is 1999 in this case), but he dresses and acts as though he's from the 1920s. His interactions with everyone else are rather awkward — and funny — because he just doesn't quite fit in with the world around him.
I mention this because I live in Allegheny County, an area of the state that is rich with history. That's probably why some people here are really attached to the “good old days.”
For example, the county's health department, in a bid to do what every other metropolitan area has been doing for decades, is finally getting close to establishing a grading system for restaurant inspections. Restaurant grades would be prominently posted for the public to see.
So how do you know right now if a restaurant's kitchen isn't quite sanitary? You don't! That's what makes eating out such an adventure!
This plan has been in the pilot testing stage, so they're trying to work out some kinks. You know, such as how not to cite restaurants too much over dented cans of fruit, but rather for general filth.
Sigh ... No one said this would be easy.
Some restaurateurs are critical of this, which makes you wonder if this area is so full of restaurants partly because of an absence of a grading system. And the reason the county is so heavily soliciting the opinion of restaurant owners in how to govern them is also unclear. If you get a second, take a look at the county's 2011 proposal for the grading system at www.achd.net
Under the planned guidelines, it takes at least two rodents to be present at the facility to be a major violation. One is probably just a fluke, right?
Another example of how behind the times this area is involves obtaining a building permit.
For years, the process to get a permit from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Building Inspection took about a month, which seems like a long time. But when you consider you are doing this without the benefit of computers, email or cellphone apps, it all makes sense.
The Tribune-Review reported that the department's new chief, Maura Kennedy, is working on getting its building wired for computers.
Council members had problems with Kennedy's appointment, citing the fact she is not an engineer. Considering she oversaw the same department in Philadelphia, I'd think they'd be more worried about a lack of technology.
Maybe none of them ever had to apply for a permit to build a fence and then sit on their thumbs for weeks waiting for an inspector to come over and take a look at their property.
After all, when you're doing everything with a chisel and stone, you have to concede that a month is actually pretty good turnaround time.
Nafari Vanaski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Blue Jays’ Martin has ‘nothing but praise’ for former Pirates teammates
- Flooding forces evacuation of Ligonier Township residents
- Penguins need trade-deadline acquisitions to bring toughness
- ‘Time for bold change,’ Wolf says in outlining $30B state budget
- Artist born without arms, legs gives Hampton students peek into her world
- Rossi: Pirates’ post-Martin plan comes with a catch or 2
- Spring training breakdown: Pirates 8, Blue Jays 7
- Man found fatally shot in Washington
- Unity planners OK proposal for Route 30 retail development
- Safety Vinopal, other former Panthers perform for NFL scouts at Pitt’s Pro Day
- Surgeon to examine Pirates’ Cumpton after pitcher experienced elbow discomfort