Why don't they use the 240k to fund something they're supposed to build. Like sidewalks.
Good luck convincing a judge that residents in Pittsburgh have more in common with residents in rural Armstrong and Westmoreland Counties than the North Hills. Ferlo deserves to loose his seat ever since he declared that Texans, Virginians, Ohioans and Floridians can drink responsibly but Pittsburghers are somehow incapable of doing so.
Planned Parenthood simply needs to move to a suburban mall, like the other abortion clinics in Pittsburgh. That will stop the protestors right there.
This is wrong on so many levels. First off, residents get to debate the creation of the district. And that's ALL they get to do. Then a consensus of important civic groups gets to decide if the district is created or not. Bruce Kraus calls this 'democracy in action.' But he obviously doesn't know what a democracy is. A true democracy in action would entail something completely foreign to Pittsburgh politicians - a referendum with actual residents voting on the creation of the district. Allowing some hand-selected consortium of civic groups to decide is mostly, umm... anti-democratic. Residents in other states wouldn't stand for it.
Secondly, if only property owners can vote for the Board of Directors of the district, I simply cannot think of a more flagrant violation of the Voting Rights Act. The right to vote does not depend upon property ownership. Mississippi and Alabama school districts tried that over 50 years ago. Now the City of Pittsburgh thinks that they can make property ownership a requirement for voting? I don't think so...
The funny thing is Braddock isn't even a 'dying' steel town - it still has a huge, active steel mill in the middle of the town. Large industrial facilities, like the mill in Braddock, are housed in municipalities all across the sunbelt. These cities typically have very low populations - who wants to live in an industrial park - but somehow manage to have some of the largest tax bases in the state. Theoretically speaking, Braddock should be one of the wealthiest municipalities in Pennsylvania just as Deer Park and Texas City are some of the wealthiest municipalities in Texas. It's what you get in return for housing an industrial behemoth.
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