Mayor Googlestahl wants Googleburgh to celebrate Google Day on March 26th!

25 Mar

In case you’ve been living under a rock (or aren’t an internet junkie, like myself) Pittsburgh is one of many cities vying for the Google Fiber Internet trial.

Topeka, Kansas changed their name (temporarily, of course) to Google, Kansas. Just about every big city has some sort of website or petition pleading their case.

What about Pittsburgh? Recently, was created. Individuals can nominate Pittsburgh; organizations can become community supporters of Pittsburgh’s proposal. Twitter, Facebook, and Linked In are buzzing about Google Fiber “coming to Pittsburgh.”

Tomorrow is the deadline for all cities’ applications. Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl decided to declare it “Google Day” in the ‘Burgh. (Unfortunately, many other cities are having “Google Day,” too. A for Effort, I guess.) In fact, downtown workers have been instructed to wear black and gold, and meet at the City County Building to pose on the roof and spell out “Google.”

Will it make a difference in our proposal? Not sure. One thing I AM sure of is that we have the perfect city for this type of project. With hospitals and research, the local entertainment industry, the buzz about our “green” efforts, recent national recognition in many areas (aside from Big Ben’s sexual assault allegations)  and all of the colleges in the area (as well as an active online community) I think that we are a pretty strong candidate.

IMHO (“in my humble opinion for the non-nerds) the one thing that could fail us is the older population in Allegheny County. While as a city Pittsburgh is thriving, there are still other areas to think about. If Google looks at our demographics and how … well .. “old” Pittsburgh is, we may be in trouble.

Nonetheless, it is all pretty interesting.

So happy Google Day Eve to all yinz! 😉

((Side note: Please never let me say, type, or even THINK the word yinz again. I’m Pittsburgh-proud but not a fan of the ‘language’. Do I have to say things like that to be able to communicate to my readers? Just curious.))

3 Responses to “Mayor Googlestahl wants Googleburgh to celebrate Google Day on March 26th!”

  1. Lisa J March 25, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    Hey Ash,
    Here’s my concern with all downtown workers posing on top of the city county building-What happens if the roof falls in? I’m just thinkin’ safety here.

    And no, I personally don’t think it is of any importance for you to use the word “yinz”. I don’t mind “yinz”, but I’m not a big fan of “n’at”.

    Lisa J.

  2. David Passmore April 3, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    The people in the photo were on Forbes Avenue, not the roof. There were only three of us on the roof, the photographer, and two people to help him.

    • glitzburgh April 3, 2010 at 11:32 pm #

      David, thanks for the correction! When the story about the photo first broke, it sounded as though the photo was going to be taken on the rooftop. I did post the photo – and it is obvious that it is on the street. Thank you, though, for pointing out my error and providing us with the proper info! Best, Ashley // Glitzburgh

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