Mayor puts his name on 250 trash cans

February 18, 2009 5:02:52 AM PST
When Pittsburgh residents think of trash, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl wants them to think of him.

Just months before the primary election, 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 distributed in 30 neighborhoods as part of the Taking Care of Business program - a plan designed to help revitalize neighborhoods.

The head of the neighborhood programs defends putting the mayor's name on trash cans. Kim Graziani says he is, after all, the mayor and wants people to know "he is responding to the needs of the community."

Luke Ravenstahl isn't the first Pittsburgh mayor to put his name on garbage cans. Former mayors Tom Murphy, Sophie Masloff and Pete Flaherty also used trash cans as publicity.

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