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Re: “Pittsburgh Obama Academy junior Sead Niksic makes a splash in state swimming tournament

Thanks for the coverage of swimming.

To watch his races, go to: http://Swim.CLOH.org/Races

Posted by Rauterkus on 04/05/2017 at 8:27 AM

Re: “Pittsburghers trade their ice skates for flippers

And, the team meets on Saturdays when not traveling for a tournament, in Pittsburgh at PPS Oliver High School, Northside, 2323 Brighton Road, 15212. Activities are part of the Saturday Swim School.

Posted by Rauterkus on 12/02/2016 at 9:00 AM

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

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