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City Council Member Bill Peduto is challenging Incumbent Mayor Luke Ravenstahl in the next mayoral Democratic primary. Both candidates are promoting themselves as the environmentally friendly choice.
So which of these candidates is really green? Local activist Stephen Donahue says the answer is neither.
My reactions on the merits of his remarks follow:
* My stance on the parking tax is not like their stance. I say we need to sell the Parking Authority. Parking rates might need to climb if there is a demand and supply problem.
I don't want to give TIFs to build parking garages.
Even in our neighborhood, South Side, Jeff Koch is working hard to get an expansion of the Parking Authority. It is a big problem that big band-aids won't fix.
Ask why a new “green building” has a parking garage built along side it and you will be told not to worry because the parking garage will have a bike rack.* I'm in favor of the creation of miles of bike lanes throughout the city, not just along the river's edge.
Pittsburgh is in a parking garage building spree right now. Every new development comes with one or more parking garages attached. Bill and Luke are using tax money to finance four new parking garages along Second Avenue at the Pittsburgh Technology Center. The renovation of the old Nabisco Bakery by luxury condo developer Walnut Capital will include a 1,200 car parking garage. This Bakery Square project is in the heart of East Liberty a major public transit hub but that doesn’t matter. Bakery Square is being built for the car not the bus.I've spoken about the bad deals mentioned above.
Why when most cities are moving toward establishing “car free zones” does Bill Peduto want to make downtown a “bus free zone?”
* My downtown vision isn't like Bill's. I think we need more buses -- but in a back-and-forth manner.
Free parking on holidays does not promote public transit.
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