Rubbing Elbows With The Mayor
I noted with no small degree of amusement that new mayor, Jim Righeimer, will be holding "Meet the Mayor" gatherings around the city at which - according to the city announcement - "members of the public will be invited to ask Mayor Righeimer questions about city government and voice their concerns in a casual setting." The first of these events will be Thursday, February 28th at the Pitfire Artisan Pizza at 353 E. 17th Street from 6 - 7:30.
KINDER, GENTLER, FUNNIER JIM?
A couple of observations on this move by Righeimer - who seems to continue to try to re-mold his image around town, and maybe to a broader constituency. Could it be that he's thinking of running for another office in 2014? Hmmmm...
First, I think this is a good idea. A little "up close and personal" time with constituents is a gutsy move on his part. There is always a chance that some angry folks will be taking advantage of this opportunity to get some face time with Righeimer.
A VERY COZY VENUE
Second, I've been to this venue. I doubt they will abandon all other patrons for this event at prime meal time, so Righeimer and his constituents will likely be relegated to a dark little room at the rear of the facility. To get there you have to walk past - practically through - the bustling kitchen area and end up in a room which has a bar and four VERY small tables. And it is a SMALL room, so if Righeimer's posse joins him there will be scant space for residents. "Cozy" doesn't even come close to describing that room. If you expect to have space you'll probably have to arrive early and even then you'll probably be doing the old "chest bump" with Steve Mensinger, Jim Fitzpatrick and others.
INTO THE BOWELS OF THE BEAST
Third, Righeimer has chosen to dive right into the bowels of the beast by making this Eastside venue his first meeting. The folks who may choose to take him up on this opportunity to chat are probably those still pretty darn angry about the impact of the new Starbucks on 17th Street and the truly strange modifications on Broadway, that seem to actually put bicycle riders in peril instead of providing a "safe route to schools", as was the original intent. I guess we'll see.
BE THERE OR...
See you there... I'll be the grumpy old guy shoved off into the corner...