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Battle for Braddock

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There is a near showdown happening in Braddock around the mayor’s race.  The current Mayor John Fetterman is facing a challenge from a candidate who is supported by some of the Braddock council members.

Here is the Post-Gazette article on the race: Braddock Mayor Has His Critics

Here is a letter to the editor froma  Forest Hill’s resident in support of John Fetterman: 

Your Monday piece about Braddock Mayor John Fetterman was timely considering the upcoming primary (“Braddock Mayor Has His Critics,” May 4). As a council member of a neighboring municipality I would like to report on some changes I have noticed in Braddock since Mayor Fetterman’s arrival.

Obvious aesthetic changes include: basketball courts, murals, re-paved roads, trees, an urban garden, UPMC additions, new housing and several revitalized buildings on historic Library Street. Practical additions have included a stronger youth program, a jobs center, a vegetable-based fuel business, a district art show, a farmer’s market, creative artists space and the return of the annual street fair.

While it is true that many people have worked to keep Braddock viable since the loss of the steel industry and no one disputes that, Mayor Fetterman’s unique character and dedication have created a buzz that has generated grants for the town, politicians’ attention and movement on the much-delayed neighboring Carrie Furnace development and Rankin bridge repairs next to the popular Waterfront.

The residents of Braddock would be well-served to embrace the change that their mayor has helped them realize and work with him to continue to move their neighborhood forward.

STEVE KARAS
Forest Hills

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  • http://politicsandplace.blogspot.com Alex

    There was a very good piece in this month’s Rolling Stone on Fetterman. “The Mayor of Hell” is certainly an interesting title.

  • Greg

    Don’t try to contact Mayor Fetterman without a press credential.

    • Braddock Fan

      @Greg – What do you mean? I have found Mayor Fetterman very accessible – more so than Mayor Ravenstahl.

  • cyanide

    Council President Jesse Brown opposes Mayor Fetterman. Your opinion- okay. But would you rather see your town as a Afro-American rust spot, or a revitalized American town? If you see the black culture being overrun by revitalization, bring in your own money. Isn't it better to have a hospital for the citizens than retaining a subset of American culture (which can always be added later)?