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Newsweek has an article called “How Pittsburgh is Managing Population Decline” and the gist of it is that instead of rebuilding every faltering structure, or allowing uninhabited or uninhabitable structures to sit and rot and serve as breeding grounds for drugs, animals, or transients, Pittsburgh, under Lukey’s administration and borne out of ideas in the O’Connor administration, instead will demolish structures and replace them with parklets, grass, or other natural uses of the land, also called “returning the land to nature.”
You can go read for yourself the pros and cons of this so called “right-sizing” but my opinion is in favor of it.
Right-sizing, returning land plots to nature, parklets sprouting here and there, does not signify that Pittsburgh has given up on attracting population, it signifies that Pittsburgh isn’t turning a blind eye to the effects of population drainage and is doing what it can to manage the unsightly aspects of it while still working to create ways to attract additional population.
That said, the tuition tax is a HORRIBLE counter-measure to efforts to attract and retain population and I honestly think that deep down, Lukey and Zober are starting to realize that the tax isn’t the best idea in the world and they’re really hoping the colleges will step in at the last minute and eat the tax by way of additional contributions to the city. Good luck with that, guys.
The head of the URA said this to Newsweek:
And while The Washington Postand The New York Times have covered Pittsburgh’s economic face-lift in recent months, lost tax revenue and a costly pension program for city workers have kept it flirting with bankruptcy. It’s been “like watching a limb die,” says Rob Stephany, executive director of Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).
I can’t tell from that context what “it” is. Population decline? Lost-tax revenue? The pension? Bankruptcy? All I know is that the head of our local authority on redeveloping the city, the head of the agency charged with expanding the tax base, told a national publication that SOMETHING about our city was “like watching a limb die.”
Wow. Next time why don’t you say, “It’s been like watching a boil fester until it explodes and green puss slowly oozes out and then your cat comes up and licks it.”
That sounds good, too.
Pittsburgh’s right-sizing effort has accelerated under Luke Ravenstahl, the city’s lantern-jawed young mayor.
I had to look it up and Webster said:
Adjective: 1. Having a protruding jaw giving the face a gaunt appearance.
And then it suggested I also might want to use one of these synonymous ways of writing lantern-jawed:
Emaciated, lean, meager, gaunt, macilent; lank, lanky; weedy, skinny; scrawny slinky; starved, starveling; herring gutted; worn to a shadow, lean as a rake; thin as a lath, thin as a whipping post, thin as a wafer; hatchet-faced.
Yeah, no. Our mayor is NONE of those things.
Also, I cannot wait to insult someone with a fast-fired, “You starveling, herring-gutted, hatchet-faced macilent son of a bitch.”
Where’s Marian Hossa?