Former Mayor Of Pittsburgh Tom Murphy Explains How He Developed The City

Larry Richert and John Shumway
January 11, 2019 - 11:37 am
Larry Richert, Tom Murphy, John Shumway

Rob Graner

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The former mayor of Pittsburgh Tom Murphy joined KDKA Radio on Friday morning to tell listeners how he was able to develop the Southside, North Shore and other areas around the city.

Among other things, they were able to touch on how the current mayor is holding the position.

These are some of the questions that he was asked:

Is Bill Peduto doing a good job?

“He's doing a good job. When I became mayor, Pittsburgh was a different city. We were losing thousands of people and we were trying to figure out what our future was going to be. We were managing decline,” Murphy said.

“Now Bill is managing growth; trying to figure out how to have houses that are affordable and where businesses are going to locate.”

How did you develop the city of Pittsburgh?

“We were flat broke, but we figured out how to grow. The universities were great partners as well as the corporate community. What I’ve learned about the social strength of Pittsburgh is that we’ve built these wonderful partnerships and we work together really well,” Murphy explains.

“Many cities I go to, the business community, the university community and political community don’t talk to each other, so they don’t have this common vision of what the city could be.”

What needs to change in Pittsburgh?

“I think we need to get in front of our success. I think we are world class in two big things: the Shell Cracker Plant is creating huge opportunities for us. The other is artificial intelligence,” Murphy added.

“Think about what artificial intelligence is going to do to how we live and how we work. We could be the center of that for the world, like Detroit was the center for the auto industry. We need to make the key decisions to get in front of that.”

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