• Mayor Ravenstahl fires back against critics

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    PITTSBURGH - Mayor Luke Ravenstahl responded to his critics Wednesday while making a rare public appearance at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Gardens at Market Square.

    Ravenstahl was asked Wednesday where he’s been and what time he arrives at work in the morning.

    “I’m going to go. I’m going to go do the event,” Ravenstahl answered as he deflected the question.

    Ravenstahl sat next to Gov. Tom Corbett at the event. Corbett has come under heavy criticism recently for slashing education funding.

    The Trib ran an article on Wednesday that pointed out that the $100 million Gardens project will include millions of our tax dollars.

    "It takes a lot of hard work to get here. There's an article in the paper today by the Tribune Review about public money and should you use it. You should, because projects like this are good," Ravenstahl said.

    Ravenstahl went on to thank those on what he called the front lines of progress.

    “They’re willing to take the bad headline and willing to do what needs to be done to make projects like this happen,” Ravenstahl said.

    Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE have chosen not to respond to Ravenstahl’s comments.

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