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Re: “Wigle Whiskey starting crowdfund to create a new whiskey museum in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh's problem is that as a city it has plenty to offer but very little of it is centrally located. Everything is scattered and isolated where transportation is an issue for the majority of tourists and visitors who have no way of getting to those places. Keep these museums near each other in a centrally located area near Downtown.

Posted by Eddie Liker on 02/20/2017 at 1:52 AM

Re: “Wigle Whiskey starting crowdfund to create a new whiskey museum in Pittsburgh

If Pittsburgh is smart and wants to take full advantage of what WAM and the soon to be Brew Museum have to offer both locals and tourists then let me suggest this.

The STRIP DISTRICT!!!!

I am not sure who owns the land between the Hampton Inn and the long terminal building but across from the Homewood Suites on Smallman Street you have those open parking lots which I don't believe are being utilized.

You can build both WAM and the Brew Museum next to each other near the Heinz History Center. You'd have 3 museums nearest each other within walking distance to Downtown. Easy for tourists to get to. Instead of building somewhere in Lawrenceville, or Troy Hill which is outside of Downtown and has no mode of transportation for people to travel with.

Posted by Eddie Liker on 02/20/2017 at 1:41 AM

Re: “An undocumented immigrant has spent his time in Pittsburgh serving this community. As he faces deportation, it’s time to return the favor.

"He has been an open advocate for better services for Latino children in the city schools??" So it's not enough that non-taxpaying illegals are sending their kids to our schools, now they think they are entitled to better services?? I have so had it with the entitlement attitude of illegal aliens!! They don't get that they are already criminals because of being here illegally. Like how they just drive anyway despite the fact that they can't get drivers licenses. As for being separated from his family - guess what? There are thousands of families who are separated from their loved ones because their loved one broke the law. But since his only "crime" is being here illegally, he and his family seem to think that they deserve some kind of special treatment. They want to live here, but don't want to follow our laws nor suffer the consequenses of not following them. Or even go about the process of living here legally. Can't have your cake and eat it too!

Posted by citizenkane on 02/19/2017 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Attorney says Pittsburgh activist/undocumented immigrant Martín Esquivel-Hernandez has been deported

And, noticing the signs posted above for "Immigration Rights," what does that have to do with illegal aliens? It seems anymore that every time an illegal immigrant is held in detention or is deported, the "immigration rights" protesters come out. It is not immigrants that people have a problem with. It's the ILLEGAL immigrants that is the issue. Immigrants and illegal immigrants are two completely different things. It's like something bad happens to apples and then people start protesting in favor of oranges, when the oranges aren't even the problem.

Posted by citizenkane on 02/19/2017 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Attorney says Pittsburgh activist/undocumented immigrant Martín Esquivel-Hernandez has been deported

1. This isn't about ICE "not caring." They are simply people doing their jobs and following the law. Laws that existed long before Trump became president, but unfortunately not enforced by any of the previous presidents in recent memory.
2. Someone who has illegally entered the country and was deported four times has pretty much eliminated any chance of having a "path to citizenship." Maybe all of this time and energy being used to keep him here could have been better spent by trying to become legal in the first place when he entered the first time.
3. To expand on what Steve said above, driving without a license and without insurance is against the law. This guy is not the innocent angel that others are making him out to be. Being here in the first place is illegal. On top of that, he and his kids are mooching off of the public school system by not paying taxes. How is that fair to those of us who do pay school taxes??
4. I'm sure that his deportation is a hardship to his family. But guess what? There are thousands of families in the US who are experiencing hardships because a loved one who broke the law is in prison. At least his family has the option to join him in Mexico if they are missing him. US families of incarcerated loved ones don't even get that.
5. And I find it hard to be sympathetic to illegal aliens who possess these attitudes of entitlement. They want to live here, but feel that they are exempt from following are laws as well as dealing with the consequences for breaking laws. Can't have your cake and eat it too!

Posted by citizenkane on 02/19/2017 at 7:37 PM

Re: “A small gallery showcases an intriguing array of African-American artists, many self-taught.

Sojourner Art Gallery Pittsburgh
www.sojourner-gallery.com

Posted by Charles Williams on 02/18/2017 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey holds telephone town hall

Thank you City Paper for reporting on this. This is so important. If our elected officials don't listen to us , who will? I've been calling them all. Toomey is the only one that you can't get a hold of. He won't even do an interview with the media without out scurrying away. This is unacceptable. Pennsylvania needs to hold him accountable and we need more reporting like this article before we will ever see a change.

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Posted by claugh on 02/18/2017 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey holds telephone town hall

I'm glad he finally did at least *something* to respond to the rightfully-enraged voters of this state, but 90 minutes' notice of an event is not enough.

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Posted by wendyannh on 02/17/2017 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey holds telephone town hall

I was an education major in the early '70s, before the Department of Education was created, and I know quite a few teachers whose career spanned the transition from local control to state and federal control. I can say with confidence that the state and Federal DoEs have been a disaster for the quality of education.

School boards used to be accountable directly to the parents. Now they are accountable to distant politicians who have too many things on their plates, and to bureaucrats who are dominated by educational interest groups rather than by people who represent the students.

To those who blame teacher's unions, I want to note that the American Federation of Teachers has always avoided trying to tell public officials how to run schools as long as the teachers they represented were treated fairly. It's the National Education Association that has meddled destructively with our schools.

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Posted by Dan Sullivan on 02/17/2017 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh immigrants walk out of work, school to march in Beechview

"Reality": First off, Europeans did not "assimilate" when they came to America; they decimated native peoples, stole their land, and imposed their own languages and traditions. Second, I don't know why you feel threatened by change, but know that many of us do NOT feel the way that you do. I, for one, will be proud if Pittsburgh - and the country as a whole - can continue to grow and to embrace different kinds of people. Your narrow-mindedness and fear will not win.

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Posted by Emily S. on 02/17/2017 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh immigrants walk out of work, school to march in Beechview

The difference is Europeans assimilated they didn't insist on America speaking their language and changing for them. The problem going on all around the world is immigrants want the countrys they move to to change foe them! When you move to another country you assimilate to that country that's the problem! Pittsburgh is a melting pot but that worked because people embraced being American not forcing their countries on America!

The best part is unless I wasn't going through local articles no one was talking about this strike!

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Posted by Reality on 02/17/2017 at 8:34 AM

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.

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?

@RyanDeto

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.

https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/DocketSheets/MDJ.aspx
MJ-05231-CV-0000202-2016

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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

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