While I understand that it was your desire to unify the city's skyline, we at the Pittsburgh Heritage Society feel that replacing the historical Wabash Bridge with a simple copy of the 10th Street structure was laziness bordering on criminal negligence on the part of the Department of Public Works. As the director of the department, the Society holds you responsible.”— Emily Weise
Hadley James was the director of the Department of Public Works in Pittsburgh before the Great War.
After an incident involving the Wabash Bridge in Pittsburgh, James was assigned to oversee its reconstruction. As director in his department, he felt that the new bridge would be more cost effective if he were to simply replicate the nearby 10th Street Bridge in design.
Upon the completion of the new bridge, Emily Weise, the head of the Pittsburgh Heritage Society, showed her anger and distaste with his choice to not rebuild the bridge as it once was. Through a business message, she clearly expressed her anger at his inability to restore the architectural monument, and outlined her actions of reporting him to his senior adviser.