Today, environmental "problems" are imaginary. Nothing to worry about, but helpful to those in the imaginary problem business. Air, water, and dirt are cleaner than ever. Nothing useful to be done by worrying about imaginary problems.
Isn't there a very clear, deliberative process laid out for making adjustments to a building designated historic -- like partial demolitions -- when other factors such as economic development come into play? I'm having a hard time understanding why City councilors don't want to cover their butts and see that process engaged to handle these complications. The historic review and planning commission both recommended the designation; that's enough political cover right there, and partial demolition through the Historic Review code means councilors wouldn't have to play architect by drafting retrofits and sufficient protections at the table.
I've heard it floated around that "They granted St. Nick's Church historic designation, and look at what a mess that turned out to be!!" but it's too easy to pick out the single most complicated instance in the City (no matter how irrelevant to this case) and malign the entire process.
Mike is a cool guy who makes amazing jewelry, you can usually find him at local art shows, and inside Garfield Artworks for the Penn Ave First Friday crawl, check him out, give him your support !
It's important to remember that some of those leading the push to "save" the building are doing so because they want to redevelop it themselves. Said parties stand to gain significant financial benefits even though their plans would use public money and would either fall flat or would cannibalize Penn Ave.
The plan put forth by Rob Pfaffmann (for example) where he can't make the math work even when including gobs of public money would be a disaster for the Strip. Too, for all his talk of saving the building his plan is to cut a bunch of holes in the building, a proposition that was already shot down in a 106 historic review.
This may be one of the first articles I've read that does a fairly good job of presenting the facts. The media overall has done a very poor job when talking about the Produce Terminal. Having studied journalism I assume it had a lot to do with The Buncher Company's choice to keep fairly quiet. That sort of thing can bring out the passive aggressive nature of those who feel they deserve access and that when refused retaliate with lopsided articles and misinformation.
For me, the one point that I wish the media would not keep overlooking is that Strip is still largely a wholesale district despite a decline in sales from where were at the height of the baby boom.
Many of the stores people love to shop at on Saturday do a majority or at least a significant amount of their business as wholesalers, some do more than 80%. Too, the Strip was about wholesale before the terminal was built. That building just served as a consolidation point (and thank you Chris for mentioning that).
Redeveloping the Produce Terminal, in the manor that The Buncher Company has agreed to do will not destroy the wholesale or the retail that we love on Penn Ave. Their plan is to use their own money to save 2/3rds of the building and to turn it into a destination with restaurants, shops that are complementary to Penn Ave, and lots of services (eye doctors, dentist, etc) that will help support current and future residential development.
I hope that now that Peduto has won the election and Luke is shrinking in the rear-view-mirror that the media will begin to report the truth about the project, about The Buncher Company's plans, about the items they've agreed to as conditions of the sale, and about the laughable and terrible proposals by hacks like Rob Pfaffmann (the man who wanted to save the Civic Arena so he could train horses in there).
Maybe now we can have a real discussion about just how amazing all the stuff that is happening in the Strip District is!
We've got wholesale that helps reduce cost and maintain freshness across the region. We've got amazing local food that you can eat on the spot or take home, we've got some of the most amazing imported goods from all over the world and every type of cheese you can imagine at truly magical places like Penn Mac. We've got great booze! Wine, whiskey, rum, and beer - pick your poison! We've got manufacturing, R&D, and innovation. We've got an entire museum devoted to the history of our region, cultural gems like Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh Ballet, and Pittsburgh Opera. We've got some other truly amazing non-profits that incredible work like Gilda's Club and the Homeless Children's Fund.
We've got incredible places to work, to shop, and to live in too. We've such an amazing diverse neighborhood with so much going on. The Strip is not just one big long empty crumbling building. The Strip District is so much more.
Shame that real winners of the contest didn't actually get to play the giant cowbell in Pittsburgh or get free tickets to the show.
Love this episode. I'm already looking forward to visit. :)
Totally cool! I love the kaleidoscope of sounds that Troxum brings to his music!
This is awesome! ;3
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I love Troxum!
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Was wonderful. Was there today for lunch. Pizza and cupcakes were awesome.
There seems to be a lot more at stake for the person having all the closed negotiations. It's interesting that Mr Fitzgerald is the one person who can benefit the most from any drilling activity in Allegheny county since many of his personal companies can profit a great deal. He is in the water purification business and also has worked with chemical companies. Does this sound fishy to anyone else....well it seems like those council members that abstained for "Conflicts of interest" did so because some of them have good reasons. The person who should be abstaining from these negations is the one and only who will personally profit the most! Sounds like a conflict of interest to me. One person gets rich, and the rest of us pay for it with our health, environment and safety at risk. Not to mention loss of property values. Mortgage companies and insurance companies are now not granting either near drilling activities because of the risk associated with properties close to drilling activities. If that's not enough information for you just go some research of your own. It's a bad deal for everyone but the toxic industry and a very few individuals!
I forgot to mention I grew up in New Kensington, out side of Pittsburgh.
Hello George: Your comment about style caught my eye. In the past I have been in many writers groups. All have had, what I see as not creative critique, beyond, what i feel, is helpful to the writer. Like you I feel we have a style, unless we let someone change that through some all-knowing advice. I am starting a writers group for short fiction writers. I have sat through some terribly long readings that said nothing.
I love writing fiction, although I also write from my life, which has been a long series of adventures. When I tell one of my true tales, people always tell me i should write about them.(I am, but I enjoy fiction. I have many posted on my site at bogwig.com)
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Seeing as how the state of Pennsylvania doesn't view young adults as independent until they reach the age of 23, have a child, enter the military, or seek legal emancipation why couldn't the bill protect people until the age of 23? Once someone turns 18 they shouldn't loose the protection this bill seeks to offer. If anything once a person turns 18 they may see an uptick in such behavior as they're seen as being "legal" and therefore an even wider net of pervs might begin to target them.
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Hirtle is correct. It's better to endure more Christian ads than for atheists to remain invisible.
I believe there are other alternative ways to put qualified teachers in to the classroom. What about the teachers who have their Private Academic Certificate and did not receive their full certification. Most of these teachers already have their degrees and a masters degree. Many of them did not pass the tests in PA. I believe anyone can teach their content area if they went to a four year university to become a teacher. I want to know if the teachers can make in the classroom enviroment everyday. We need to get a way from all this testing from teachers down to the students in the classroom. We are losing a lot of good qualified teachers in the city and in other states due to all the testing the students need to do to become a teacher. Alternative way could be performance based testing and continue the student teaching evaluation. There are a lot of teachers that passed the tests, but they leave the profession after 3-5 years because of the classroom enviroment. I rather have a teacher that puts in hard work everyday and who cares about the children.
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