Curb appeal: Pittsburgh mayor's name on trash cans

PITTSBURGH (AP) - When Pittsburgh residents think of trash, the
city's mayor wants them to think of him.
With the May primary looming, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's
administration is spending more than $250,000 to buy 250 new trash
cans - all with his name on them.
The new cans will be placed in 30 neighborhoods as part of a
program which aims to help revitalize neighborhoods.
The mayor's head of neighborhood programs defends putting his
name on trash cans. Kim Graziani says Ravenstahl wants people to
know his administration is responsive to their needs.
Besides, mayor-branded trash cans are practically a civic
tradition. Three former mayors also put their names on waste
receptacles.


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