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Re: “Is the proposed hyperloop taking the focus away from advancing feasible transit solutions in Pittsburgh?

Better go under ground. Then it is a subway. And, it would be less of a problem for land access and right of way issues. Plus, it would be hard to reach for sabotage.

Posted by Rauterkus on 03/22/2018 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Best Female Pittsburgh Athlete

Gold medal in Olymoics and that gets third. OMG.

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Posted by Rauterkus on 10/18/2017 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh City Paper presents its 2017 Sh*t List of public servants who need to clean up their acts, or risk being flushed

POS article. Less noise, more signal. Wr have lots of isssues and this isnt helping. The COP played a valued role in past years. Step it up, again.

Also, I am okay with naming rights and rental incomes into public treasury.

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Posted by Rauterkus on 08/06/2017 at 9:58 AM

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.

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Posted by Rauterkus on 08/16/2015 at 10:05 AM

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