The G-20 Summit is guaranteed to be the first time in the storied history of our city where Pittsburgh will be center stage for the entire world for two days. While this opportunity was initially intriguing and even awe-inspiring to local politicians, by this time we're sure that the reality of past G-20 meetings has more than made them realize that our city is in for something it's never seen before.
ABOVE: You might as well be aware of it, there are big things being planned for Pittsburgh and they're not all good.
The city has already amassed thousands of police officers from around the country who will assist in security for the world leaders in attendance. It has already been announced that Point State Park will become a giant tent city for the assembled officers. This show of force will cost the city millions of dollars and while the Obama Administration has already agreed to underwrite massive amounts of expense, the city reportedly is still looking at an $8 million dollar shortfall at this time (although Mayor Luke disputed that number yesterday).
ABOVE: The Brits really have a "thing" for rioting. Let's hope that the cost of a plane ticket discourages them from coming here.
ABOVE: Oh those crazy Brits. They've had a lot more experience rioting at G-20s in London than what we've had here. As an example, the guy in the photo above wants to, "eat the bankers." This is a novel approach to an ages-old problem, but when you think about it, it really could work.
ABOVE: As the song says, "There's gonna be a riot tonight." It sure looks like some people are planning just that. Brace yourself Pittsburgh.