Who Are You? with Alex Pazuchanics, City of Pittsburgh, PA

Posted on December 12, 2015

As part of a grueling ELGL initiation process, new members are asked to complete our version of the Wonderlic test. It’s an open book test and participants do not have to use a dull number 2 pencil to fill in tiny circles. 


Alex Pazuchanics (LinkedIn and Twitter) is a policy analyst for the City of Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master of Public Management.

If I had to buy a Fathead, I would buy

…Why don’t they make them of Presidents? I’d definitely by an LBJ one, particularly if he’s giving the Johnson Treatment.

I feel….


…Like I could take on the whole Empire by myself.

I joined ELGL because…..

…I eat, sleep, and breathe local government. I’m looking for a sounding board on policies and ideas, particularly from folks who try to figure out a way to get to “yes” rather than assume that it can’t be done.

The last book that I read was

…I’m not quite finished with it yet, but I have a book club that has been going through the massive Civil War tome Battle Cry of Freedom.

You should probably know that I….


Co-created a board game about running for Mayor of Pittsburgh.

Do you agree/disagree with the following statement(s)……Explain….

Local government is innovative.

When your resources are as constrained as ours are, you can’t help but be innovative.

You should stay at least two years in a job.

I haven’t done it yet, although I’d certainly like to.

Parks and Rec is the best TV show ever.

Good but not great.

The best employees, not just the longest tenured, are rewarded in local government.

It varies.

Publicly funded stadiums and arenas are a good idea.


As a city where all of our sports venues are located within city limits and there is a real economic impact of regional dollars flowing into the municipality itself, I guess I’m supportive of stadium subsidies so long as they aren’t subsidizing sprawl.

Cities need more bike lanes.

Bike lanes can’t exist in a vacuum. They need to be a part of a complete city infrastructure that makes streets safer for all users and visitors.

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