Not unexpected. The Mayor gets to store 45 million of our hard-earned tax dollars in a glorified petty cash account. I hope you'll enjoy this, City Council -- every time you ask for a widget, you'll hear, "Oh, we can appreciate that, but we can't afford to jeopardize the City's vital debt savings fund!" And when the Mayor asks for ten widgets, you'll hear, "As luck would have it, we just realized some exciting new efficiencies in our other total nonsense account!"
This one's genuinely a surprise to me. Can't wait to hear the excuses. Why stand up for ourselves? Why take action to defend our own wallets? Why do anything to discomfort the city's and the state's owners and masters? "5-6 people blogeting -- no one cares!" they commented. With good cause it turns out. Back to being good little sheeple and Sheeple Representatives. I just can't wait to hear the excuses.
The event was that of Northside United, conducted by its co-chair Michael Glass. The occasion was a briefing to the City Planning Commission by Continental Real Estate / the Steelers about the amphitheater they are building on the North Shore.
To distinguish among our many new amphitheaters: this is the one for which the City sold city land at a tenth of the market-rate -- and for which our Commonwealth is awarding subsidy after subsidy. Today it was straight-facedly described to the Planning Commission by Continental as a "market-driven" development.
Also, miracle of miracles: although the music / sound waves will travel across the river and reach Mt. Washington, they will stop immaculately at North Shore Drive!
So basically we have a playground to attract suburban and well-to-to recreationalists built at our own taxpayers' expense, directly alongside a typically struggling Pittsburgh neighborhood which is already in receipt of several decades worth of promises regarding North Shore development -- that is again getting nothing practical in return.
FINAL ANALYSIS: Let's just relent and dissolve City government away into the County after all -- becoming its Urban Services Ghetto or whatever they'd like to call us -- and thereby hand over our earnings to well-connected private-sector bullies more efficiently. It's not like there's much left in Pittsburgh worth fighting for.