Corporate fascism, Pittsburgh style
The Post-Gazette has a laudatory article today about Station Square and its emergence as a major entertainment center in Pittsburgh. Keep in mind that the Forest City Enterprises received local tax subsidies as well as a recent state grant for improvements there. Here's the story's most unintentionally revealing paragraph:
Just down Carson Street is the South Side, still a very popular nightspot, and the emerging South Side Works complex, with the Cheesecake Factory, a new movie house and other options. There's also competition from the Waterfront in Homestead and the Strip, with its nightclubs, bars and restaurants.
All of the above mentioned received subsidies to open or expand within the last five years or so, except the Strip District (and the unmentioned businesses up and down Carson Street that were there long before SouthSide Works.) The problem here, folks, is that the region's population is stagnant. (Actually, that's being kind--the population has been in freefall for decades.) So what does that mean? Since most people have a finite amount of money to spend on leisure activities, without an infusion of new residents to the region, at least one of these night spots is likely to fail in the long run.