While the city of Pittsburgh digs itself out of the recent snow storms, one cherished tradition of this community is that chairs can now be found neatly lined up and down almost every neighborhood street. Imagine if these street ornaments were more than just a way to lay claim to a parking spot. Consider the following "Onionesque" interpretation.
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Big Storm Brings Big Idea
February 9, 2010
PITTSBURGH, PA -- What began simply as one Pitt law student's coffee run to 61C, quickly became nothing short of extraordinary. Last Friday evening, student Imona Mission found herself stuck with her broken down Toyota Prius at the corner of 5th and Wilkins in the midst of Snowpocalypse. Determined to get her coffee, the decision was made to leave her car stranded and walk. Along the way, inspiration struck her.
Lay Zeass, resident of Shadyside, also believes the project is a valuable asset to the neighborhoods. "I think the project is such a great idea," says Mr. Zeass. "I myself was recently stuck over on Forbes and one guy had one of those reclining beach chairs out. It was awesome. I actually fell asleep on it."
Regardless of a few dissenting opinions, the Chair Project has received massive support all over the region. In the words of founder Imona Mission, "It's amazing how the worst of times can bring out the best in people. When I first arrived in Pittsburgh I never could have imagined the compassion that existed in each and every resident. It's really something that couldn't be found anywhere but here. Thanks, Pittsburgh!"
(View of Denniston Street on Day 4)