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Re: “Fiery Response: Controversy ignites over Hill District CBA

Everyone has their hand out when something like this comes into town. I would love to see money spent towards the redevelopment of The Hill District. To be quite honest, I'm sick of looking at it. However, the city leaders would be out of their mind to simply hand over $10 million dollars (I believe it was?) They have no plan in the Hill District. They simply point the finger and then turn their hand over, waiting for someone to hand them a signed check. Also when pointing the finger, lets not forget that the Penguins had nothing to do with the construction of The Civic Arena (Mellon Arena) in 1961 - the building was constructed for use by the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, who left the building in 1968 - making way for an expansion hockey team to have their own rink. Has anyone ever asked the Civic Light Opera how much money they are going to give to the redevelopment of the Hill District? After all they had this building built 6 years before the Penguins expansion team was formed. And while we're on that subject, that was also 4 years before Mario Lemieux was born. So its hard to point a finger at the now owner of the Penguins. One day the Hill District demands a grocery store, and after talks of trying to get that for them, what do I walk out to find on my windshield the next day - a flyer stating "A Grocery Store is not enough!" (What's the saying "Give a man a fish?) As I pull the flyer out from under my windshield wiper, another blows down the street, as the whole street is polluted with them. (Not very GREEN of these Hill District leaders, printing out thousands of pieces of paper and littering them all over the city.) ALDI Foods came looking to put a grocery store into the Hill District recently - and the Hill District passed. ALDI is no longer interested in the area. Blown chance. Giant Eagle is certainly not going to build a store in the Hill District with 3+ stores in the immediate area (One being directly across the river). It is a high crime, run down area, and very few grocers would be interested in investing that kind of money into a store in that area. Grocery stores are not high profit businesses, and therefore cannot afford to operate accepting primarily food stamps. I would like to see the Hill District redeveloped as much as anyone, like I stated earlier - I'm sick of looking at it. But you can't just hand $10 million dollars over to someone without a plan. What's next - reparations?

Posted by Jon on 01/15/2008 at 7:33 AM

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