Thursday, June 2, 2011

Thursday: Items Typed Quickly

ZOMG, parking rates are going up! Why didn't we figure out a way to get the money for nothing? Or cut a mere billion dollars out of our extravagant city budget? It's pretty ridiculous. (P-G, Ashe, Butterfield & Feldman)

We could always go back to the tuition tax if you'd prefer.

Lost in the noise surrounding Councilman Burgess's request of state government to please invade the City of Pittsburgh with siege weaponry and biological agents, was his request for "immediate mandatory enrollment in PMRS to be completed by March 31, 2012." This comes on the heals of Auditor General Jack Wagner saying such a thing might not be a bad idea. Guaranteed 6% investment returns -- regardless of any bad managerial decisions (which demonstrably have been occurring less often at PMRS than at CMPTF) and even regardless of a dreadful overall stock market -- does not seem like a bad idea. Would it? It might help us avoid raising rates / fees/ taxes again sometime down the road. Isn't relinquishing parochial institutional control in exchange for long-term financial advantage some species of a progressive value?

Here is an argument that is happening for some reason. (WDUQ News)

The Penguins believe it to be uncouth to mention how much public assistance they are receiving, in light of the fact that they are spending a portion of it. Maybe someone in the 4th Estate can do some math if there is some dispute, or a world record to report to Guinness. (Trib, Bill Vidonic)

Question about the Civic Arena: everybody says, "You realize, even if they designate it a historic structure, they can still tear it down." So what are we arguing about? (P-G, Mark Belko)

Like the changes or not, somebody is going to have to edit the portions of pledge drives which emphasize of "your!!! station for" whatever. (P-G, Edit Board)

One of these days, all our old friends are going to come back to town for weddings and class reunions, and ask us, "Why does the City look like chincy trash all of a sudden?" all whilst zero foreign investors exclaim, "WOW! Flashing lights! Economic vitality! Is this Coruscant or Pittsburgh?" But these signs will not be permitted to be so bright they'll literally blind us, and will only be permitted to change every 7.5 seconds, preventing seizure -- and religious and community groups greatly desire to see their name in lights owing to the Nietzschean will to power. So this is the way it's gonna be. (P-G, Sam Butterfield)


  1. Remember Peduto scaring everyone about having to pay more to park and "buy a cup of coffee in Bloomfield"...? I guess a parking increase really WAS inevitable after all of that hot air. Heck - now parking fee increases are the cornerstone of the "council" plan (not that Peduto had any real part in solution-making anyway, apart from cheering for the state to take over).

  2. Anon 3:45 - There are other issues at play here, but you are in one part right. One day we are likely to call this the "first round" of rate hikes. Next will come a demand for the garages, then will come most likely other waves of meter parking increases. Whether those rates will rival those of the Great Unmentionable is highly expected, whether it can do so while also providing for capital upgrades and satisfying bond holders is a question mark.

  3. I welcome a wave of meter parking increases that covers the rest of the city, because right now, this is a Downtown/Strip/East End Parking Tax.

    We need to raise the money, but we're not exactly sharing the burden.

  4. the best case scenario is that the public begins using PAT more frequently...and maybe having some routes restores..the bad news on that end is that parking revenues revenues do when tax /rate increases are placed on items like cigarettes and parking...which make any projections of revenues questionable
    as for the markets....looks like a good run up to me...July 2, 2010 DJIA 9754....May 3 2011(when down turn started) 12818

  5. While the increase in parking rates was probably necessary, the expanding enforcement hours to 10:00 doesn't strike me as the best of ideas. Restaurants in the Cultural District and Market Square are going to take a hit because of this.