• Dele Lowman Smith

    ” Maxwell King, CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation, remarked that, “We’re 100 percent committed to the [Pittsburgh economic] renaissance, but if 100 percent of the people don’t participate in this, then it’s a failure.” King cautioned that currently there were still “30 to 40 percent of people in this region are not participating.” ”

    I couldn’t disagree more with this statement. 100% of people never participate in anything, never mind the real barriers and justifiable distrust that exist for many people of color with regard to these types of efforts. This just sounds like an excuse not to support what appears to be a very promising initiative. A 30-40% participation rate is pretty impressive and is more than enough to gain momentum and begin making positive change. I wish my hometown all success in these endeavors.