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Mayor tweets he’d like to expand Pittsburgh’s Kindness Zones

Tom Davidson
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Tom Davidson | Tribune-Review
A "Kindness Zone" sign on Grant Street in front of the City County Building downtown is one of several the city initially placed to celebrate Fred Rogers.

Jagoffs beware.

Pittsburgh’s Kindness Zones may be expanding, according to Mayor Bill Peduto.

The zones were added May 23 at 23 areas across Downtown and on the North Side to honor Fred Rogers’ legacy as part of statewide 143 day festivities honoring the Latrobe native who will be portrayed on the silver screen by Tom Hanks in an upcoming film, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”

The city installed the signs at little cost, as the work was done in-house with existing materials, Peduto spokesman Tim McNulty said.

On Thursday night, Peduto tweeted he’d like to put up more of the signs in the coming years, “in areas where a gentle reminder will bring a smile.”

A few responded with critiques of the mayor:

Others came to Peduto’s defense:

The signs were a hit with Pittsburgh native and self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur Caterina Fake, who co-founded Flickr and is the former chairwoman of Etsy.

“How awesome. I love being in the kindness region,” Fake said when she was in town in June for a summit sponsored by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

Signs allowing a Pittsburgh left aren’t yet in the works, but the maneuver, and the motorists who allow it, caught the notice of a Chicagoan who wrote the mayor.

“Mr. Mayor, you should be honored to represent a city with such neighborly people,” the letter said.

Tom Davidson is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tom at 724-226-4715, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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