Pittsburgh's pleading for nonprofit money called 'unique' Pittsburgh's pleading for nonprofit money called 'unique'
I posted what I'd do over at 2PJ's blog.
2 Political Junkies: Rich Lord on a Budget Problem The way to deal with the nonprofit problem is to call it what it is -- a nonprofit opportunity.
The nonprofits are wonderful.
The nonprofits are a success. Pittsburgh is a success. We all win.
Now that the obvious is out of the way -- (tip FYI, they can't tax nonprofits) -- we need to get the nonprofits to agree to curtail all future expansion into a bigger footprint.
I would strike a deal with the nonprofit weenie group to insist that a detailed inventory of space be conducted. I want to know how many inches of land these nonprofit folks control / own.
Then I'd insist upon yearly progress -- and a plan -- to shrink that space.
Nonprofit consolidation needs to occur. We don't need them sitting on idle land.
And when one nonprofit wants to grow its footprint, growth should occur only if another nonprofit makes an equal or greater contraction. Or else, growth of nonprofits could always occur upward. Hint: Build taller buildings.
Nonprofits should be leveraged so as to improve upon Pittsburgh's density.
Last week's example of the Cathedral of Learning by acting controller Tony P was insane. Those were foolish remarks by Tony P.
Finally, the nonprofit universities should do property inspections on behalf of their students / customers. Not the city.