I rarely write comments on public sites. But this isn't just an attack on the Shadow Lounge but all business that are Mom and Pops in the area. People think that if you have an anchor chain then things will change. Small business bring diversity not Big Business. There has been this plan in effect for a long time now that is on the surface and seen by all now that the planning was done. True crime and the streets did need cleaned up in the area. The people that own the property in the area knew this was coming years ago. The city left places to rot and go unsold so this Change could happen. You see the steps. The hill, garfield, lawenceville, garfield, the strip next is the Northside. How can these places all of a sudden get financial backing to change the area massively. It isn't like people weren't trying to open businesses or buy and fix up properties in these areas. Garfield is a prime example of property that for some reason is now a majority white in a majority black area. An example of a business is Pig & Chicken in east lib. There was a BBQ Business there doing what they are doin now but with less money and black owned. As with the case in all of these areas the landlords slowly raised rent and made it difficult to run the business due to nags by property owners and rent hikes. How is it that Maybe two employees are black and from what i've seen in the back of the House. How do you redevelop an area and not hire or give the people in that area an opportunity to own or run a business there themselves. Chains stores won't save the area. A bulk of that money doesn't stay in the area. It just so you can say we got that here too.
I've seen this happen in other cities it just late as with everything else to come to Pgh. The attack on the Shadow Lounge is and actually isn't surprising. They are on Prime corner that they definately want. A place that they didn't want 12 yrs. ago. the Shadow Lounge showed that even in the shadows people bring light and the shadows receed. alonge with Royal Carribean, Abay and Your Moms House recording studio, that has an Academy Award.
But there is another problem that needs fixed, start representing yr hoods business district, the good things about it. For some reason if you live in the hill you can't go to this black hood. Or if yr from the northside you can't go here or there. Without feeling truely safe. The younger generation usual uphold this in away form of black on black intimidation. We are a minority that is pushing away money for what. A place you are renting from. What you own the streets, but not yr homes. There has to be a change in thinking or this will happen again and again. Support yrselves or others will come in and support themselves. Even if by design, Make that design change.
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