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Re: “Pittsburgh history lives on, online

Remember the plane that crashed into the Mon by the Homestead High-level Bridge and was never recovered?

Posted by Fast Eddie on 03/25/2017 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Despite changing infrastructure needs in the Mon Valley, the Mon-Fayette Expressway refuses to die

Those against the road are just participating in the big liberal Democratic lie that makes this a dying region. Sad.

Posted by Victor Edwards on 03/23/2017 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Despite changing infrastructure needs in the Mon Valley, the Mon-Fayette Expressway refuses to die

The Mon-Fayette expressway exists near Monessen and Clairton. Are those communities revitalized? No. So the claim that proponents make, that "The MFE will revitalize the Mon Valley" is bogus.

The Mon-Fayette Expressway should not be extended.

Complete Streets is a successful approach. Look at Market Square (before recent dumb decisions to remove chairs) - it is successful because it attracts pedestrians. Look at businesses along Penn Ave in downtown. They are doing better because of the bike lane. Look at Times Square in New York City - it is revitalized because of pedestrians.

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Posted by Paul Heckbert on 03/10/2017 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Bleak House

Some investigative reporting of family court in Allegheny County including Allegheny County forensics psychology and Generations would be a great idea. It is outdated and corrupt to say the least.

Posted by Just another mom on 03/10/2017 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Despite changing infrastructure needs in the Mon Valley, the Mon-Fayette Expressway refuses to die

Seriously? Someone actually thinks "complete streets" brings economic development? That is just a big lie. Build the road and build it to Pittsburgh through the Hazelwood slums.

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Posted by Victor Edwards on 03/09/2017 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Despite changing infrastructure needs in the Mon Valley, the Mon-Fayette Expressway refuses to die

Sadly groups like Penn Future have obviously never travelled in the Mon Valley, nor attempted to use public transportation there. The entire region has been consistently ignored, both in road improvements that could have been done for decades, and in the adequate supply of public transport. Bus service there is a joke. Plus, those who feel that the "if you build it they will come" mentality obviously have no memory of the Wexford/Cranberry areas only 20 years ago.

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Posted by fcs659 on 03/08/2017 at 9:53 PM
Posted by mizuri on 03/02/2017 at 11:00 PM

Re: “Video game Night in the Woods tells a mysterious tale of Western Pennsylvania

We recently started playing Night in The Woods. Very good art and a colorful cast of character. Really enjoying it.

Posted by BlockHead Gaming on 02/23/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Most Listable City

As a local artist with an interest in innovation and experimentation I was at first cynical about Pittsburgh. Though lots of attention was devoted to the arts, almost all was of the conservative variety, designed to feed the ego of establishment types. Over the years, however, I've noticed a heartening change, especially in the city's growing openness to originality and diversity in the arts. And contrary to what the author assumes, I've also noticed that many gifted and original artists have moved here -- partly for the low cost of living but also the exciting art scene. My only complaint is with the Pgh. Symphony, which continues to favor old chestnuts and seems reluctant to program even "modernist" works, not to mention anything contemporary -- aside from the occasional, and almost invariably lame, commission.

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Posted by Victor Grauer on 02/22/2017 at 10:39 PM

Re: “"Robot Man" and World-Record Hitchhiker

This story has a (broken) link to "Archived story about DeVon Smith". Any chance you can get that fixed? I'd love to (re-)read the 2001 story!

Posted by Will Simmons on 02/22/2017 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Three Pittsburgh psychics make predictions for 2016

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Posted by Margret on 02/16/2017 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Wylie Holdings has cashed in on Lawrenceville’s revitalization, but is it being a good neighbor?

This article is the definition of #fakenews.

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Posted by pghre on 02/16/2017 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Wylie Holdings has cashed in on Lawrenceville’s revitalization, but is it being a good neighbor?

This article is a new low for the city paper. You are attacking Wylie for revitalizing a distressed neighborhood. Do you realize how bad things had to be for a property to be sold for $1000???? I am so glad that Wylie brought their talents and vision to this neighborhood. Seems to me that Wylie is not the only business to benefit from this boom in Lawrenceville. Amoral? This is textbook real estate 101. Perhaps the author should sit in on a business course some day and learn the real definition of "Land Speculation."

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Posted by BD330 on 02/16/2017 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Wylie Holdings has cashed in on Lawrenceville’s revitalization, but is it being a good neighbor?

If I was looking to rent in Lawrenceville and read this article - I would absolutly not rent from them. If the goal of this article was to be destructive to their reputation you succeeded.

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Posted by humm..... on 02/16/2017 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Wylie Holdings has cashed in on Lawrenceville’s revitalization, but is it being a good neighbor?

To blame the success or failure of a neighborhood on a single for-profit entity is ridiculous, and marginalizes the hard work of Lawrenceville Corporation, Lawrenceville United, Lawenceville Stakeholders as well as the hundreds of individuals who took a chance on a not great neighborhood. If Wylie wasn't there, someone else would have bought these properties, perhaps not even a speculator, but individuals who had vision for the neighborhood. And perhaps that would not have been an altogether bad thing.

The devil is not Wylie, lay the blame on the people who are bat #*@( crazy paying a fortune for these properties in Lawrenceville. No person in their right mind spends over $300k on a tiny 2 bedroom home with no on-street parking regardless of how nice the granite counters or hand scraped hardwood floors are. Yet it regularly happens.

I've lived in Lawrenceville since 1995 when I bought a home there. I own a corporate lodging business with properties in L'ville and Bloomfield. I've seen and benefited firsthand from the current real estate boom. But even I realize a real estate market cannot grow exponentially for an infinite amount of time. There comes a point where people come to their senses and refuse to pay $200k+ for a 600 square foot condo. When the bubble bursts and those homeowners are now under water, those granite counters are going to gleam a little less.

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Posted by ransomja on 02/16/2017 at 3:38 PM

Re: “OxyCide is supposed to make hospitals cleaner and safer for patients, but what about the staff that has to use it?

We currently us it where I work. I have had a rash on my arm as soon I started using it. It feels like a burn (looks red & raw) and the longer I use it it just gets worse. I have been told to use benadryl. Runny & watery eyes/noses, bloody nones, headaches and trouble breathing all of it. Not only myself but several people. When in the prosses of cleaning people walk by complaing of the smell, it's terrible. When thinking about it makes a person think not only are the germs being killed but so are we...
I would like to see manager's and supervisors using this stuff for 8hrs a day or longer and not notice what issues arise.

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Posted by S. Sanchez on 02/16/2017 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Wylie Holdings has cashed in on Lawrenceville’s revitalization, but is it being a good neighbor?


Your piece was very poor journalism.

It wouldn't have taken you 2 minutes to research Anna Sekine's Claim on the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania Website. Do reporters still do research? Or do they report half the story to create a controversy where none exists.

Anna's claim: Wylie stole her security deposit
Anna's response: She filed suit at the magistrate.
Court response: Her claims were baseless because she had no proof, and Wylie had proper proof showing damage.

Obviously, Anna had damaged the property and her security deposit was used to remedy the damage. That is why security deposits exist. AND the courts agreed with Wylie.

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Posted by Aaron Chaney on 02/16/2017 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Wylie Holdings has cashed in on Lawrenceville’s revitalization, but is it being a good neighbor?

Robert, I can see where you're coming from if you only analyze county sale records and jump to conclusions from there, but as you've mentioned, there's a much larger picture that includes holding costs and renovations. I think BGC did a nice job of responding to your concern with hard numbers.

Sure, you could take into account any expenses Wylie also incurred when doing their flips. What's important to note, however, is that Wylie is a private developer that exists to make profit. BGC has a completely different incentive for land acquisition and is held accountable by local government. If we were making huge sums of money off any of the land we've acquired from the city they'd stop working with us.

ELDI has a for-profit arm of their organization that handles their real estate development, hence why you can't compare our models. It's apples and oranges.

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Posted by Rebekkah Ranallo on 02/16/2017 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Wylie Holdings has cashed in on Lawrenceville’s revitalization, but is it being a good neighbor?

just sayin too, the article took none of these factors into consideration for wylie holdings. its easy to see this stuff in black and white on records, but as you mentioned above, theres a lot more to it.

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Posted by Robert B Swope on 02/16/2017 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Wylie Holdings has cashed in on Lawrenceville’s revitalization, but is it being a good neighbor?

Please consider the following message from Rick Swartz, executive director of the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation (BGC):

In response to Robert Swope's comment, let me say that there may be a Community Development Corporation (CDC) in town that somehow managed to acquire a property from the city at some point in the past and then flipped it for a substantial profit. The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation (BGC) is not that CDC. We actually have taken one property in this manner from the city and re-sold it within a few months to a private buyer. It's at 4924 Dearborn Street in Garfield. As Mr. Swope correctly notes, we were able to obtain the vacant house from the city for $1,000. We incurred another $2,447 in settlement costs on top of the $1,000 purchase price. When we re-sold it, we incurred another $787 in closing costs. The buyer paid us $7,000, but that was only after we issued a public RFP for prospective buyers to respond to, and had cleaned it out completely at a cost to us of over $2,000. We netted less than $1,000 in the end for all of our trouble.
Paul Leger, the city finance director, has no intention of letting any CDC abuse this process. And, as the market begins to recover in a number of distressed neighborhoods, it may become less necessary (hopefully) for CDC's to ask the city to take vacant, tax-delinquent houses on their behalf. Folks like Mr. Swope will be able to buy them more swiftly from their owners, assuming they can find them. For us, though, it's a 2-year-long process at best, and the property usually suffers further damage during that period.
The principal value in the city doing this is not to find a way for CDC's to enrich themselves, but to remove liens totaling, in some cases, tens of thousands of dollars that could leave the property vacant and blighted for a very long period of time. These sales, by the way, are open to other bidders, and we have been to court-supervised sales where other parties have outbid the CDC for the property that the city had taken on their behalf. It was all fair and square. Just sayin'.

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Posted by Bloomfield Garfield Bulletin on 02/16/2017 at 11:59 AM

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