Big Fish, New Pond

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By now, many people in Pittsburgh are aware that a developer has plans to turn Wholey's Cold Storage Building into a 144-unit apartment complex.  As part of the development plans, the developer and architect have decided that the smiling fish greeting visitors coming into the Strip on Smallman Street won't survive the makeover. Fortunately, the owners of Wholey's Fish Market and Mayor Peduto are hoping that Pittsburghers can help them nominate a location to move the market's signature fish. 

In addition to collecting votes in the market and via email, residents can tweet their votes using the hashtag #SmilingFish. A quick Twitter analysis reveals a few front-runners:


We think that all of these are great suggestions. Wholey's history is in McKees Rocks, but the Smiling Fish was born in the Strip, and our vote is for it to stay there. It's where Pittsburghers know to look for it, and it should remain a prominent beacon in the city. We like the idea for it to go to the Heinz History Center, but we think it could be equally great on top of Wholey's or the new PIttsburgh Public Market (a la Pike Place Market).

Where would you put the Smiling Fish? Tell us your votes in the comments section of this post!