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PITTSBURGH, PA (January 3, 2019) Mayor William Peduto today issued the Key to the City to former Mayor Tom Murphy, and announced plans to rename the North Side riverfront trail in his honor.
Murphy is the second-longest serving Mayor in city history after only David L. Lawrence and was inaugurated to the first of his three terms on this day in 1994.
As Mayor he led the drive to construct 25 miles of trails along Pittsburgh’s riverfronts, much of them through former industrial areas. In honor of that effort, Mayor Peduto is sending legislation to Pittsburgh City Council renaming the North Side portion of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail after Murphy.
“The City of Pittsburgh owes a lot to Tom Murphy, a visionary who led us through turbulent times and planted the seeds for the regrowth we’re seeing now. It is my honor to issue him the Key to the City and make a gesture of thanks for his many years of public service,” Mayor Peduto said.
Mayor Murphy is also a long-time runner on the city’s trails and one of the few Pittsburghers who has run in every Great Race since it was instituted by the late Mayor Richard Caliguiri in 1977.
“We were willing to think about Pittsburgh in a different kind of way,” Mayor Murphy said at today’s ceremony. “The riverfronts were there for thousands of years but nobody thought much about doing anything with them. We made the decision that they could be a great asset.”
The son of a steelworker, Murphy was a North Side community activist as well as a state representative from 1979 through 1993. Since 2006 he has been a senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute, a role in which he regularly travels the world telling the story of Pittsburgh’s revitalization.