Friday, October 24, 2008

Council wants say on Allentown police station

We should save the Hostel. Screw the police station. Put the police station in the basement of South Side Vo Tech.

Why build into a building that isn't accessible?
Council wants say on Allentown police station Council wants say on Allentown police station
Friday, October 24, 2008
By Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A proposed police station move in Pittsburgh's southern neighborhoods faces delays and procedural questions as some on City Council demand a vote on the $1.7 million project.

Announced by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl in July, the shift of the Zone 3 station from South Side Flats to Allentown was to occur by Jan. 1 but now seems unlikely to happen before late March, because of the need to get waivers on accessibility rules.

The administration's decision to run the transformation of a former youth hostel into a police station through the Urban Redevelopment Authority, rather than city government, also may complicate matters.

Councilman Patrick Dowd wrote to Mr. Ravenstahl saying the project 'clearly falls well outside of the scope of the URA's mission' and demanding that he 'immediately bring this question before City Council.'
Dowd is right. Ravenstahl is wrong, again.

Promises were made that can't be kept, as usual.

2 comments:

Matt H said...

Bricks and mortar don't make communities more safe. More police officers do.

Thomas Leturgey said...

Paying for more police officers is the real problem.

Pittsburgh doesn't have the population to hire the number of officers some people want.

How do we do this? Lower taxes...make it adventageous for people to move here and invest here.

That's the only way that we will be able to get more officers.

Until then, the city has to use their resources the best they can...and there isn't a "leader" in Pittsburgh with a clue.

Bill Peduto was to be that leader...but it's not his "time." And with union-loving Democrats in power, a "real" maverick will never ascend.

I still don't know why the city doesn't just transfer some officers up to Allentown and keep others in South Side.