Monday, January 10, 2005

Leaving Downtown

The Post-Gazette, in this editorial praising the departing executive director of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, implicitly accepts two false premises that have been at the heart of the city's wrong-headed redevelopment initiatives. One is that making the city a nice place to visit is more important than making it a pleasant and affordable place to live. The other is that revitalizing Downtown is the key to revitalizing the city as a whole. This is backwards. Downtown's continued decline is a symptom of the city's problems, not their cause. You can dress it up in a nice suit and skillfully apply the makeup, but at the end of the day, a corpse is still a corpse.


Blogger Mark Rauterkus said...

Worse than a corpse is a corpse with a fresh band-aid.

Worse than a corpse is a corpse within the Emergency Room or I.C.U. that isn't moving and has been at room temperature. Move things along -- and to the morge if need be - is fine.

Mr. Lamb said on a radio talk shows that he wanted all the options on the table, hence he wasn't against TIFs.

I'm against them.

6:55 AM

Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

Me too. Some options should not be on the table, because they have only led us to failure in the past. How sad, and sadder still because it is oh so predictable.

9:09 AM


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