Strengths of Pittsburgh


Major Themes Throughout This City and Home


To change directions without a change of philosophy(ies) is to take a zig-zag drive in the dark with the headlights off. A plan, and even position papers can injects large sections of philosophy, bulking the length of the presentation. But, some chatter is necessary and prudent.

First comes philosophy, then policies can follow.

Real changes, need to be built upon a groundwork in philosophy. Then, the policy comes the actual decisions and specific votes.
The philosophy discussions need to increase. The length of the presentations can grow beyond tweets. Associated value needs time to become rooted and thrive as well.

Longing for a Philosophy of Sports, Fitness and Recreation within our city.

  • Pittsburgh's Digital Economy and Sports Economy need to be explained and understood.
  • Pittsburgh needs efforts for Thinking Globally and Acting Locally. 
  • Pittsburgh needs to be building upon good things.
It would be best to build upon our successes. But, too bad, there are not enough successes to go around and please everyone so as to conquer the challenges.

Communications, a shortfall.

Let's call the Post-Gazette, our city's daily newspaper, what it is. It is a joke. Many are coming to witness that now -- but -- sadly, it has been that way for decades. Much of the confusions we need to come to grip with as a region and within ourselves flow from the issues of poor communications.

The terrible communication infrastructure around town is a pox like few others.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh's strongest assets, are not held in high regard by all citizens. The universal opinions as to strengths are absent.

UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh make for two of the best strengths in the area, but many can disagree. Our deck of assets that has been dealt to the Pittsburgh region is not easy to read. Agreement is fleeting, if not absent.

In the past, there was a time when our natural resources and rivers made Pittsburgh strong. 

At another time in our history, our industry leaders and their businesses made the case for Pittsburgh's most powerful assets.

The region's institutions are our strengths now.

Today, institutions can play their role of strength with dignity and teamwork, or not.

Members of city council, the mayor, our county council, the county executive and the host of others from school board members and beyond, can say to the world, this is our power-house. These are our strengths. This is where we want to build for the future.

Is it with UPMC?

Is it with the URA?

How do we decide what gets set as the highest priority and strength?

Polarize thoughts reduce the game plan to nothing, inaction, folly and future failures.

About the author 

Mark Rauterkus

Swim, SKWIM and Water Polo coach and publisher in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Executive Director of SKWIM USA, a nonprofit advocate organization and webmaster to the International Swim Coaches Association. Head varsity and middle-school swim coach for The Ellis School. Former candidate for public office on multiple occasions.

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