Ever since I moved to this area I have gotten used to looking for the blue newspaper boxes when I wanted to buy a copy of the Valley News Dispatch. There have been a couple in walking distance from the church in addition to those I might find while travelling around the region.
This summer I started noticing a change. When the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills opened in July there were shiny red newspaper boxes inset in the wall at the entrances to the mall. I thought it was something just for the new mall, but in recent months I have noticed other design changes such as the new field of red behind the menu on the web site for Pittsburghlive.
Today I had my first sighting of a shiny new freestanding red and black newspaper box in Tarentum. Maybe I missed a press release or news story about the Trib papers changing their look. I rather like the striking new appearance, but I'm not sure what it is intended to communicate. It definitely gets my attention.
I just hope it is not part of a secret plot to turn Pennsylvania into a red state.