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City starting public discussion over Christopher Columbus statue

PITTSBURGH — The future of the Christopher Columbus statue in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park is up in the air as city leaders said they’re starting a public discussion about whether to leave it, move it or take it down.

Mayor Bill Peduto asked the Art Commission to start the process to review Frank Vittor’s 1958 statue and to make a recommendation on how to proceed. The statue is owned by the city and sits on city property.

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There will also be a special hearing with more opportunities for people to give their opinion to the Art Commission and there will be an extended period where comments can be submitted online.

Peduto has asked for a final report, summary of public comments and a recommendation from the commission before he makes a final decision on what will be done with the statue.

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The statue has been vandalized several times throughout the summer. A petition was created as well to remove the statue.

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