Friday, February 08, 2008

Target 11 Investigates Pittsburgh Land Use - News Story - WPXI Pittsburgh

Now we are talking. This is good stuff.
Target 11 Investigates Pittsburgh Land Use - News Story - WPXI Pittsburgh It's a developer's dream: 20 acres of land along the Allegheny River, north of the Strip District, but right now it's home to many garbage trucks and the Pittsburgh Auto Pound.

Councilman Bill Peduto said he doesn't believe the best use of the riverfront property is a place to store stolen cars.

Another hot spot is recently shut down Reizenstein Middle School, right in the middle of marketable property in East Liberty.

'That's prime real estate that could be sold. And that money could be used to keep Schenley open,' said Peduto referring to the popular school that had to be shut down because of money problems.

Critics of the city's land use have said wasted rent is another big problem.
Target 11 discovered that the city of Pittsburgh has paid more than $300,000 over the last five years to rent a warehouse for public works near Hazelwood.
Think again. Pittsburgh is getting next to nothing from its assets. The stewardship stinks. The holistic thinking and approach is nothing but backwash junk.

The don't want to buy the warehouse in Hazelwood because of fears of the Mon Valley Toll Road. That was a pipe-dream of a project in the 1960s. It isn't going to be built as they don't have the money. The threat of the new road has been driving big parts of the city to ruin.

Go figure -- and INVENTORY of assets. Golly.

It is hard to expect a study from those who do not meet nor think at all.

Bring it on.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

rest of article:

Eric Montarti is a researcher at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy.
"If they're saying we can't find an adequate site that just points to the overall discussion of there has to be an audit or just a comprehensive look at what the city owns, what its related authorities own, what even the school district owns," said Montarti.
Peduto said he believes it's time for Pittsburgh to take inventory of all government-owned buildings, including the school district and authorities.
Council President Doug Shields said it was supposed to be part of the Act 47 study.
"Supposedly there is a study ongoing. I've asked for it a number of times," said Shields.
According to a study done by the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy, the city owns more than 9,000 parcels, totaling $657 million.
Peduto said he is mostly bothered by the fact that the city has no plan to fix the problem.
"We have no plan and we don't even have a plan to have a plan," said Peduto.