Friday, February 20, 2015
A Tree of Steel
On Hot Metal Street on the south side of Pittsburgh stands the headquarters of American Eagle Outfitters. Outside of the building is a steel tree sculpture by Kathleen Mulcahy erected in 2007. It's representative of the city's past, and its changed and growing future. So much ink and bandwidth have been dedicated to Pittsburgh's survival after the collapse of the steel industry, and I don't have anything to add to the conversation, no magic bullet as to why. I've lived in this area almost my entire life and all I can say is that we're stubborn, and we don't mind being poor, if we know that through hard work we'll pull through. Oh, and because of the endless hills you can only see so far ahead. Maybe that metaphor becomes ingrained in our psyche where we only plan so much, then just trust that the next hill we have to go over doesn't drop us off a cliff.