Rauterkus 
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Re: “Exclusive bike garage encourages riding bikes in conjunction with riding buses

Too bad we can't, yet, just ride our bikes on the busway. Get bikes on the busways and on the bus lanes and we'll see real progress.

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Posted by Rauterkus on 08/26/2015 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Vacant buildings and property-owners’ rights have some Pittsburgh city councilors rethinking historic designation

Wrong about a fix with tax breaks. That is generally called corporate welfare. Screw that.

Wrong too about saying "People left the historic building vacant for five years." Only ONE OWNER, left the building vacant. Ownership has its duty.

One clever way to help MOVE these properties is to do away with the DEED TRANSFER TAX, on the historic buildings but also on all buildings. That tax kills deals. That tax costs the city in terms of a fluid, mobile, striving marketplace.

The other burden of policy from the city is that a building that falls into disrepair is often given a lower value and in turn, FEWER TAXES paid. Meanwhile, a person who buys the building and does a fix up, or even present owners that do a fix up, are PENALIZED with HIGH taxes.

Tax policy that sets rates based on value of a building leads to these problems. Pittsburgh has a big need to get back to the LAND VALUE TAX, and all will be much, much, better.

Posted by Rauterkus on 08/16/2015 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Despite some concerns, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto gets high marks for freshman year

Irony, as copied from the other Peduto article in this week's City Paper: "Acklin, Peduto's chief of staff, defended the decision, saying that it merely reaffirms existing policy."

Culture change?

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Posted by Rauterkus on 01/28/2015 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Urban Innovation 21 working toward innovation and growth in all neighborhoods

Godspeed. Keep plugging. Let's raise the youth with the right tools, attitudes and challenges and grow our way out of the deep dispair.

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Posted by Rauterkus on 11/05/2014 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Classroom Experiment

Big article. Bravo.

There are 5 schools now with grades 6-12. Sci-Tech, CAPA, Obama, Westinghouse and UPrep.

Boys and girls, Varsity, JV, Freshman and Jr High levels, plus intramurals and any community efforts do not fit in these facilities. All suffer. More move out. Decline sustains itself.

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Posted by Rauterkus on 08/07/2014 at 7:21 AM

Re: “"Community schools" advocates say schools can stay open ... by opening their doors

We have been pushing for community access and even student access to their own schools for school activities for years. It is easy for anyone to say "No," and nothing can happen -- from custodians to principals, to biz managers to in action of superintendent.

We have been locked out of practices on holidays from Christmas to New Years as suburban teams swim twice a day for 2+ hours.

Afternoons, evenings, nights, weekends, summer and vacation days ... When custodians are present even, would be a nice start.

There is so much to do. Count me in. More at my position paper, http://CLOH.wikia.com.

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Posted by Rauterkus on 06/04/2014 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Process Questions: Why are some city charter schools approved over others?

The above quote, "charters, being private corporations, exist primarily to make a profit" is WRONG. Some charters are private. Many are NOT.

Posted by Rauterkus on 02/28/2014 at 7:41 PM

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