It’s Time for G-20 Summit Show-Prep!
Although we intend to provide comprehensive coverage on various aspects of the upcoming G-20 Summit Conference prior to the September 24-25th meetings – right now we are more concerned with the planning for the conference and how it will affect Pittsburgh itself.
As we know, the planning for the G-20 Summit has been going on for months and it is understood that a conference of this magnitude brings with it concerns for maximum security and logistical decisions.
It is a foregone conclusion that a virtual army of protesters will be on hand and every precaution must be taken to assure the safety of the attendees and the city itself. While most of the protesters will be peaceful and under control, there are others who are bent on being disruptive.
This raises the question of what are the consequences for downtown Pittsburgh. Will the city be in a shutdown mode which will stifle the businesses and people who work in the downtown area or will an attempt be made to do business as usual. Some companies have already announced they will be shutting down on the two days of the meetings.
As we know, the conference itself will be headquartered at the convention center and government authorities have already decide3d to restrict, possibly stifle entirely, the day-to-day business activities located within a 4 blocks of the meetings.
In addition, arrangements must include handling thousands of people who will be attracted to town. Where will they stay? Where will they eat? What additional accommodations will have to be made for them? We are talking about the delegates attending the meetings…plus their staffs…plus the media – plus additional security staffs – all descending on the downtown area!
And, it’s already been announced that the visitors will be taken on tours of the Phipps Conservatory, the Andy Warhol Museum and CAPA, The Creative and Performing Arts High School.
What will all this do to the city? And what about the weather? What affect would rainy weather have on the conference and the delegates?
The mayor and city officials are anxious to make a good impression and, in that regard, to dress up the city…to make it look good. This conference, as in conferences past, will be televised worldwide. What impression will be conveyed to people around the world?
We know that the cost to host this conference are immense. Who is going to bear the brunt of those costs? In advance, we tip our hat to the planners of the event who have spent hundreds of hours seeking ways to deal with its thousand of issues!
We plan to give you more meaningful insight of the G-20 conference as its plans are made public. So, stay tuned! Let’s face it – there’s a lot at stake with this event for all of us!
Robert W. Dickey
Broadcast: August 7, 8, 9, 2009
First, I want to say that I love KQV, especially the old time radio shows. I think the City of Pittsburgh was wrong to accept having the Summit. There is no way Pittsburgh is going to be able to handle this and the expense is going to be overwhelming. I think once again, it is going to be another, let's use Pittsburgh and get out and leave nothing and give nothing back to us. Visit the McKeesport, Duquesne, and Mon Valley and Mon Yough Valley areas where I grew up, and they will tell you all about politicians who use and run. Speaking of which, why don't we take these world leaders there and show them the real Pittsburgh area and what liberal politics have done to an area that helped make and save America. Thank you for the chance to share my opinion.-Nancy , Ross Township
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