Thursday, July 29, 2004

There go the neighborhoods

Let's hope these publicly subsidized developments on the South Side and in Bloomfield compliment the existing businesses in those neighborhoods, and don't cannibalize them. And goodbye Mulu--and good riddance. Let's just hope his successor has a greater respect than he did for development that is driven by the private market.


Blogger fester said...

To me it looks like the South Side works will be trying to serve a different market than most of Carson Street. If I was the owner of the almost high range restaurants on Carson, I would be worried, but as far as the bars on Carson, it seems like they should be complemented by the number of new restaurants, the theatre etc. Additionally, I like how Soffer is thouroughly integrating the mixed-use philosophy. I am curious as to who and how many people actually are willing to pay $1.10-1.25/squarefoot/month for the lofts (they are cool pads, but still). The development architectually fits into the neighborhood, so it is not a Water Front.

I am far more skeptical of Bloomfield because I have seen some of the plans, and the street that I am worried about is Walnut Street in Shadyside. The same market segment will be served by the new complex. Additionally, I am really curious as to how many artsy movie theatre screens this city can support. Already we have the Manor, The Pittsburgh Film makers at the Harris and Regent Sqaure, the universities doing their own projections, the South Side works and now Bloomfield.

If there is retail tax growth for the city, it will be due to cannibalization. This is the reason why I want some serious regional planning capabilities because this region is not growing in population or wealth, and we are getting lots of dumb beggar they neighbor policies.

10:56 AM


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