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A subway we never had 1917

18 Dec

How different the city would have been had they actually built a subway. These were from a 1931 book, found on the amazing Historic Pittsburgh site. The title of the book is called City of Pittsburgh and its horses: facts and figures relative to every department using horses, published by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Horses. I didn’t get a chance to dig into this book to fully understand what it actually has to do with horses, but these maps were taken from a 1917 report to the Mayor and City Council  that assessed, among other transportation related problems, a plan to put in a subway.  It’s pretty fascinating, especially for the transportation nerds out there.

One can now only dream.

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1913 Porter vs Armstrong mayoral race – A primary against vice?

18 Dec

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Nothing like some good old tyme racism in the Gazette Times.  This 1913 article is worth reading in entirety. The not-so-subtle way of saying that Armstrong is the rich white person’s candidate is, well shocking.  But then again, it sounds all too familiar. It should be noted that in 1913, the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, had not been passed yet.

Some choice lines:

This map of the City of Pittsburgh has been drawn to show at a glance in what sections Armstrong and Porter, the rival candidates for mayor, got their support in the primary election, and to prove the charge that the plurality for Porter was polled in those wards where vice flourishes by permission of the city administration which is backing Porter’s candidacy, and in which a large number of illegal registrations were made for the very purpose of increasing the Porter vote that continuance of the reign of vice and crime might be assured. There is no thought that all the Porter support came from the low element of society, but the facts show that the vicious support arranged for the Finn-Magee man is sufficient, unless offset by the decent people at the November election, to elect him and prevent the closing of the dives. The East End wards…a section in which the vicious element finds little opportunity to thrive, are left white…

In some…wards, gambling houses, drinking clubs, and other disorderly and illegal places flourish by the grace of the Magee administration, and where they do the Porter vote was inordinately strong. In such sections, also investigation showed an extraordinary increase in registration and further inquiry disclosed that much of that registration was fraudulent. The Hill District, in sections of which vice is rampant and the fraudulent voter and election crook hold sway…Porter got exactly twice as many votes in the primary as were allowed to Armstrong.  These Hill wards are shown in the diagram in black. In other wards represented by wavy lines, the candidates ran more nearly even in the voting. All of which serves to emphasize that it was where vice is given sway that that Porter was the favorite, and that if the good people of Pittsburgh do not wish their city continued in the control of the lawless they will take sides against the enemies of decency, represented by the Porter administration.

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