Translation: Some good news, some bad news...
The Washington Post's GovBeat blog has a fascinating post about American cities foreign governments warns their citizens about. (H/t to Mark Roth, who posted this on Facebook.) The French wisely counsel tourists to be vigilant (thanks French-speaking readers!) in Times Square in New York City (probably because it kind of sucks), for example.
But the Steel City also makes the list for travel advisories for the French:
Pittsburgh : éviter les quartiers de Mount Oliver, Hill District, Homewood-Brushton et Hazel Wood.
My French is pretty much limited to asking for ice cream, the bathroom and to go to the Eiffel Tower, but the Washington Post summarizes it this way: "The French urge their citizens to avoid Mount Oliver, Hill District, Homewood-Brushton and Hazelwood."
On one hand, perhaps this signals that the French are visiting Pittsburgh. On the other hand, they might be generating unecessary fear about some of the city's most treasured neighborhoods. And as Steve Twedt reported, fans of August Wilson will soon have a place to pay homage to the Hill District-born playwright.
(Above: a shot of Lereeta Payne, who plans to turn August Wilson's home into a cafe.)