Pittsburgh City County Building, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from rwoan’s photostream

One of the most important responsibilities of a Mayor is to be accessible to constituents. For too long we have had to wonder where our Mayor is, what he’s doing, and why problems in our neighborhoods go unsolved. I pledge to change that as Mayor.

1. Direct Involvement in Neighborhood Issues

How can you run the city if you are not involved with each and every neighborhood? One of Pittsburgh’s greatest strengths is the unique character of each of our 90 neighborhoods; however, having 90 different neighborhoods means there is rarely one solution to problems that work for the entire city.

As Mayor I pledge to visit each neighborhood in the City regularly and hold community meetings in as many of our 90 neighborhoods as possible and as frequently as possible.

I want to hear directly from you about what you want to see us do differently. I want to hear about that business you want to open and how we can help you achieve your dream. I want to hear about that house that’s falling down on your street and how we can work to remedy the situation. I want to hear about crime in your neighborhood and how our public safety officials can address the matter.

2. Open Lines of Communication

My involvement in every neighborhood in this city won’t begin and end at a few community meetings. I plan to run the most open and accessible Mayor’s office in the history of Pittsburgh.

We will create new tools to put you in direct contact with my office via mobile apps, online resources, and a retooled 311 system.

We will revolutionize citizen participation in government giving residents the power to make decisions about which projects in their neighborhoods are funded, about who should serve on important city boards and commissions, and, through inclusive community planning, what their neighborhoods will look like in 10 or 20 years.