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Re: “Speculators have been holding onto hundreds of properties in Uptown for years. What does that mean for the neighborhood’s future?

Mr. Eckenrode has been renovating his many properties a few at a time, which is all that one man can do. His investment in Pittsburgh neighborhoods should be commended. A lot of his renovated properties have been sympathetically restored, all are code compliant, some in historical districts have been historically restored, and they are all taxed fully, based on there upgraded values. Lets give capitalism and entrepreneurship a pat on the back and not a slap on the face.

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Posted by JS on 12/16/2017 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Picturing South Side Slopes

Southside slopes gives a best view of City of Pittsburgh otherthan Mount Washington. Taking those steps to climb the hill is a good workout during the summer.

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Posted by Season M on 12/14/2017 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Refreshing Salad Cure to Holiday Food

Thanks for refreshing salad blog post. I do like Celery so i can say its my kind of salad.

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Posted by Season M on 12/14/2017 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Speculators have been holding onto hundreds of properties in Uptown for years. What does that mean for the neighborhood’s future?


It seems that equity only matters to this author when he thinks it ought to. So, due to the authors hardcore bias, allow me to fill in some blanks...for equitys sake.

Sal Williams was born to Italian immigrants (1928), and raised in Uptown. He moved away after he got married to move to the neighborhood that his wife was from, McKees Rocks. He still has family living in Uptown.

He has sold property to the U.R.A. (the author had to have known this, but chose to leave it out.) The U.R.A. hasnt touched that property in the years that they have had it. This is directly counter to the assertion of the article that he wont do anything to help the city or the people out.

Nearly all of Sal Williams properties were bought at public auction because they were tax delinquent and the owners had abandoned them. A good majority of them were bought at the starting bid price, because NOBODY bid against him. Yes, in a public auction, the mythical people that the article asserts would have loved to have gotten these properties, didnt show up.

He has sold property, and backed-off from acquiring property if a party shows interest in buying it to live in or house their business in. Hed walk away from a deal if almost ANYONE ELSE had showed interest in a property.

Jeanne McNutt had toured a then-recently acquired property of Sal Williams (tax delinquent, nobody bid against him) and agreed that it ought to be torn down. I should know, I was standing right next to her the entire time. He wasnt tearing down gems. He was tearing down long-abandoned structures.

The only brand-new structure in decades on Fifth Avenue to be built without a lot of free governtment money was the new apartment building on Fifth. It sits there now completed, and relatively unoccupied. It is a way to gauge how ready Uptown is for development. Judging by that buildings occupancy rate, it isnt.

Land assemblage is a value-add. Land like what the U.R.A. and the developers of the apartment building bought off of Sal Williams took years, if not decades, to assemble. You acquire a small parcel here, a small parcel there, then eventually, you have a workable bit of land that a nice new development can be built on. Adding up the purchase price of like twenty 800 square foot lots, and then decrying that they sold all together for triple the price twenty years later is pretty absurd. It ignores so much about the economics of real estate.

Theres more, but I wont bore you with it.

Capitalism is soo bad, yet the only reason that the City Paper is produced is because they bring in more ad revenue than it cost them to print the paper and pay people to write useless articles like this one.

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Posted by Carmen on 12/14/2017 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Speculators have been holding onto hundreds of properties in Uptown for years. What does that mean for the neighborhood’s future?

"Under the current system..." See, that's the nice thing about politics. Things can change on a dime. If the majority oppose the current system, then change it.

If the issue is mass holdings for speculation that lead to a blighted landscape for years, then consider imposing an annual fee on blighted, unlivable properties. Consider a fee if a property sits undeveloped with no work for more than 2 years.

If the majority of the community feels this is an issue, it is well within their power to push for change that alleviates the situation.

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Posted by Martin Blank on 12/14/2017 at 9:45 AM
Posted by not Jim on 12/14/2017 at 7:34 AM

Re: “The Flow Band

They are not performing here.

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Posted by ML PM on 12/14/2017 at 1:14 AM

Re: “Recognizing dearth of women in elected office, Allegheny County politicians form new PAC

These Women really hate Men. Shame what my 2 sons have to grow up in such hate filled world cause of women like these man-hating women. My wife thinks these women are some of the worst haters out there. I agree.

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Posted by Jim on 12/13/2017 at 11:53 PM

Re: “Speculators have been holding onto hundreds of properties in Uptown for years. What does that mean for the neighborhood’s future?

Whoever wrote this article is your typical Pittsburgh City Paper socialist. Anybody could have bought the Properties that Williams and Eckenrode purchased. Keep in mind these owners paid taxes on these properties for years while nobody had interest in them. Just because the city is finally coming around does not obligate them to sell. Take a lesson children. They are not obligated to sell because Jeanne McNutt says they should.

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Posted by Trent Derek on 12/13/2017 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Some Netflix suggestions to ease the holiday get-togethers

Anyone got good suggestion for Netflix codes for altgenres? I just found big list of codes on VPNMentor website and I would like to check some good genres to watch.

Posted by Sasha on 12/13/2017 at 4:59 PM

Re: “RedWood Café

Everything Ive had there is delicious! Shout out to Brian Dougherty!!!

Posted by Karen Lewis Ubinger on 12/13/2017 at 11:15 AM

Re: “RedWood Café

Excellent crab cake sandwich! Salad dressings are delicious. Attended the dinner with 8 friends and it was a great time. All of the courses were so good and we had a lot of fun. I have even used them to cater lunches and private dinner functions.

Posted by rltst6 on 12/13/2017 at 8:46 AM

Re: “An interview with Eric Kimmel, author of Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

hey Blogh! I loved this interview with Eric Kimmel. And it makes me want to read the book.

I wonder if you'd be interested in a similar stint about my children's fantasy "Ifflepinn Island"? Have a look at this: https://youtu.be/iyt1-hmaFII

Posted by Muz Murray on 12/13/2017 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Problems at Pittsburgh’s Shuman Juvenile Detention Center reflect larger issues in the integrity of the juvenile-justice system.

This is Mr. Collins in response to your article dated Dec. 6, 2017. I do not know where or from whom you adopted this information from but let me say this. The article sounds nice when the facts are not put forth. You failed to mention the state violation and incompetent decision making which takes place at this facility on a daily basis. Articles like these do not commend some of the staff who hold Shuman together. Shuman is always in trouble when struggling with the like ideas of maintaining policy and the interpretation of what the administration deems as policy. The lack of decision making for the betterment of our youth comes from those who hold our Youth Care Workers as collateral damage. Sometimes we have to look outside of Shuman for support for the good we do there. The State Department dismissed my case and gave me more gratification than my existing administration. My case was dismissed September 2017 and I was not fired. I resigned, not giving them the satisfaction of firing me , when I knew I had did nothing wrong.The Pittsburgh Communities should give praise to what some staff have to put up with at Shuman. It is always those who do their job, who are the first to lose their job.

Posted by Nubian on 12/12/2017 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Roland's Seafood Grill

On Saturday December 9, 2017 me, my sister and my 12-year old daughter went to Rolands for lunch while we were out Christmas shopping. My daughter has always loved going down there especially at Christmas time, unfortunately after the experience we encountered on Saturday that was our last trip.

We were seated roughly 20 minutes after arrival and the server came over rather quickly. We ordered immediately as we always get the same dishes plus we were all starving from walking around shopping all morning. Our drinks came and 5 minutes later our food arrived, which was rather shocking considering how crowded the restaurant was plus my sister and daughter ordered/split the fish sandwich which was cold and didnt come with any of the condiments they ordered with it. I know that it takes a lot longer than 5 minutes to cook & serve a fried dish, which makes me wonder if this dish belonged to someone else previously and was returned to the kitchen.

I ordered the famous Lobster Roll, which was lacking the main ingredient, the lobster!! My daughter took one look at it & said mom I have been watching them bring out many of those lobster rolls and yours looks nothing like those! Where is the lobster? I tracked down the waiter, my sister again asked for the condiments, and I asked him to please take my dish back to the kitchen to add lobster pointing out that it was an incredibly small portion. It actually looked like tiny scraps of lobster that would normally be thrown out. The server took my plate and returned within minutes (again without their condiments) informing me that if I wanted more lobster I would have to pay for a whole other meal ($17). As you can imagine, I was not happy, completely shocked at this response and asked to speak with a manager.

A few minutes later an incredibly rude young man came over. He did not have any type of badge indicating that he was a manager and he didnt introduce himself with a name or a title, he only said whats going on? I explained to him how dissatisfied I was with the portion size and just wanted more lobster added so I could eat. He refused to do so explaining to me that all portions are weighed out at 4oz and that I had plenty. I asked him to please look at my meal because it was clearly not the weighted amount. I went on explaining to him that I didnt want to spend $17 for a meal that I wasnt satisfied with. This manager said nothing more, took my plate and walked away. I sat there while my sister & daughter ate part of their meals, as they were still waiting for condiments. The server was at another table and my sister called him over and again asked for their condiments, he apologized, came out, tossed them on the table saying nothing, and walked away. All the while, Im sitting there with NO FOOD at all.

After some time, I saw the rude manager walking by with 2 lobster rolls with heaping portions of lobster. At first I thought that was mine and he was finally taking care-of the situation, but I was wrong. He took the food to the table next to us.

I called him over and asked if he was bringing my meal back. And he rudely laughed at me said NO! I asked him if he was serious and he said absolutely and then made a comment that I wasnt going to pay for my food, which I never said. We had more than enough money to pay for our food plus we would never go into a restaurant with the mindset that we were getting something for free. At this point I was angry, hungry and really upset over the entire situation especially that is was happening in-front of my young daughter. I called him an asshole, grabbed my jacket and purse, and told my family to finish their meal and that I would be outside waiting for them.

I was on the sidewalk out front of the restaurant, minding my own business and next thing I know, this rude manager came running out, GOT IN MY FACE and started SCREAMING AT ME!! I told him to get out of my face but he just kept on screaming at me informing me that I was banned from Rolands.

My sister and daughter came out after they finished their meal, which they did tell me that this manager took care-of the bill. My daughter went on to tell me that this manager went back over to their table to complain about me indicating that I was childish, rude and not welcome back. Why would he say this to my 12-year old daughter????

This entire situation is beyond unacceptable! It is never at any time OK for a man to treat a woman this way or speak to a child that way! I have never in all my years seen a manager treat a customer this way and I myself was in the service industry for many years when I was younger. Apparently at Rolands the customer is NOT RIGHT and managers can walk around treating customers poorly and no one cares.

I called the restaurant when we left to see if I could get the managers name, since he never did provide it. The young lady that answered the phone was equally as rude and told me there were 3 there that day, Ryan Luke and Eric. I asked her to repeat the names as we were on a speaker phone and it was difficult to hear. She then said who is this and why do you want to know? I then heard someone in the background and next thing I know there was a dial tone.

Posted by Sharon Bell Asturi on 12/12/2017 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Poll shows support for legal recreational marijuana, Pennsylvania Auditor General says time to legalize is now

About half of the U.S. population has tried cannabis, at least 15% use it regularly, over 80% of high school seniors have reported cannabis "easy to get" for decades. Those who really want to use cannabis heavily already are. Prohibition does little or nothing to prevent problematic use. In many cases prohibition makes cannabis usage problematic where it would not have been otherwise, be it light, moderate, or heavy usage. The main thing that cannabis prohibition successfully prohibits is effective regulation.

A few issues created by prohibition: there are no quality controls to reduce contaminants (harmful pesticides, molds, fungus, other drugs), there is no practical way to prevent underage sales, billions in tax revenue are lost which can be used for all substance abuse treatment, underground markets for all drugs are empowered as a far more popular substance is placed within them expanding their reach and increasing their profits, criminal records make pursuing many decent careers difficult, public mistrust and disrespect for our legal system, police, and government is increased, which can be devastating.

Prohibition is also very expensive, though, a cash cow for a number of powerful groups such as those related to law enforcement and the prison industry. These organizations have powerful lobbies and influence that perpetuate a failed drug policy through ignorance, fear, disinformation and misinformation. This ensures an endless supply of lucrative contracts and grants from the government and its taxpayers to support their salaries, tools of the trade, and other expenses. Cash, property and other assets from civil forfeiture laws also significantly fatten their coffers while often violating civil rights.

Those who wish to live in a free society must accept that this means freedom for all people of that society, not only for certain groups and the activities they happen to enjoy. Obviously in some cases there are extreme circumstances that warrant intervention with criminal law. In the case of mind-altering drugs we have already set this precedent with alcohol. Cannabis is less harmful than alcohol to the consumer and especially to others. If we are to have justice, then the penalties for using, possessing and selling cannabis should be no worse than those of alcohol.

Considering the many issues created by cannabis prohibition, coupled with little, if any, reduction in problematic use, its continued support is irrational and harmful. Please help bring end to this irrational, costly and unjust prohibition. The organizations listed below fight every day to bring us sensible cannabis policies. Help them fight by joining their mailing lists, signing their petitions and writing your legislators when they call for it:

NORML - National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws - http://norml.org/
DPA - Drug Policy Alliance - http://www.drugpolicy.org/
MPP - The Marijuana Policy Project - http://www.mpp.org/
LEAP - Law Enforcement Action Partnership - http://www.leap.cc/

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Posted by Devon Wallace on 12/12/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Retro Red Productions 2017 Christmas Show!

Festivals are an opportunity to gather and play. It is a happy day. We should respect each other's customs. Christmas is coming soon. It's also a happy holiday. I think a website is very good. I like it very much in decorations and Christmas elements. I hope to have a happy Christmas with you. The website is shent.ebcoo.net.

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Posted by 陈嘉豪 on 12/10/2017 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh City Paper exclusive: state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe does touch other men

So, it turns out, despite the Representative's protestations that he doesn't like to touch men, is apparently a "closet man-toucher."

When does that rocket ship take off for Mars again?

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Posted by Doug Shields on 12/10/2017 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh City Paper exclusive: state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe does touch other men

So he had PLANNED a gotcha moment. He was HOPING someone would touch him. He was hoping it would be a Democrat. Used to the touch of Republicans, He longed for the touch of a Democrat. The excitement of that moment would surly spring him into action. Yeah. Right. Metcalf is just a minor league creep.

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Posted by Cool Cookie on 12/10/2017 at 1:40 PM
Posted by Kevin Morgan on 12/10/2017 at 1:32 PM

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