PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh is changing the way it names public property as it considers affixing a former mayor’s name to a $2.3 million soccer facility he championed.
City council voted unanimously Tuesday to reconstitute a Commission on Naming Public Properties and require final approval from two-thirds of council.
The long-dormant commission will be cut from 11 members to three top officials: the public works, parks and recreation and planning directors.
The changes come amid a debate over naming an artificial turf soccer field at Riverview Park in the city’s North Side section after Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, who left office last year.
Councilwoman Darlene Harris supports naming the field after the ex-mayor.
She’s been keeping a $2,100 “Ravenstahl Field” plaque, ordered by a member of his administration, in her office pending a vote.
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