Darren Franich
July 28, 2011 AT 06:15 PM EDT

It’s a bleak moment for Pittsburgh, Pa. The public school system just cut 59 jobs. Public parking fees have increased. The Pirates just fell out of first place. The city is crying out for a hero, which is why Pittsburgh’s Fifth Avenue Place lit up a multi-story Bat-signal last night, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. You could also argue that the makeshift Bat-Signal is just an elaborate welcome mat laid out for The Dark Knight Rises, which starts filming in the City of Bridges this week. But I prefer to think that the good people of Pittsburgh have decided to take a stand against madness and criminality, and they have nominated Batman as their standard-bearer. He’s not the hero Pittsburgh deserves, but he’s the one it needs right now, a silent guardian, a watchful protector, a Dark etc.

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