Get on the bus, Gus
I think Millcraft Industries should stick to Washington County, because they obviously have no respect for cities, nor any idea how they work:
Washington County developer would like to remove hundreds of Port Authority buses from Fifth Avenue as part of its plan to revitalize the Fifth and Forbes retail corridor Downtown.
Millcraft Industries Inc. fears that smog from the buses, loitering in front of buildings, and traffic congestion could hinder its plans for residential and retail development on Fifth, one of the main bus corridors through Downtown.
"It seems to be kind of a dangerous situation right now, especially since we're going to have more people, more shoppers, on the street," said Lucas Piatt, Millcraft vice president of real estate.
Most of the reasons why this is a horrible idea are spelled out in the article. Let me add that city neighborhoods need a diversity of people, present for different purposes, at different times of the day, using the streets and sidewalks, in order to thrive. Bus riders add to this diversity.
But Millcraft apparently has about as much regard for diversity as a country club. And speaking of diversity, banning buses from the Fifth and Forbes corridor would make it less convenient for the residents of the Hill District to shop there. Hey, wait, aren't a majority of Hill residents black? I don't mean to suggest this proposal is racist, but--Oh, wait, actually, that's exactly what I mean to suggest.
Actually, racist probably is the wrong word. Elitist is a better one. Millcraft, and its supporters in City Hall, want a Downtown populated by rich people sipping lattes and shopping at Crate and Barrel or whatever upscale chain they can bamboozle or bribe into coming here. As for the rest of us, we can pretty much pound sand.