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Old 06-01-2011, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Hempfield Twp
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City paving program violates council rule

So, city council wants to get into the street paving bidness....

Equal distribution of paving money based solely on the district is assinine.

It should be based solely on the street condition and use.

Or, to make things more "fair," how about distributing paving funds based solely on the amount of money contributed to the city coffers by said district. Now that would be a "fair" distribution of paving funds.
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Old 06-01-2011, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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This is the kind of thing that is the fruit of switching to city council by districts.

Didn't get this kind of idiocy when all of the councilpeople were elected at large.

The city is sufficient small enough that we should be able to be represented by the whole council, who should have the whole city's wellbeing in mind.
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Old 06-01-2011, 01:25 PM
 
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Stupid, and I'm surprised the article didn't mention Ricky Burgess, whose issue this is.

But there's always a silver lining - unlike trash cans, no one can steal the asphalt.
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Perry South, Pittsburgh, PA
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Or, to make things more "fair," how about distributing paving funds based solely on the amount of money contributed to the city coffers by said district. Now that would be a "fair" distribution of paving funds.
Yes, damn those poor people who think they deserve access to roads that won't destroy their vehicles that they can't afford to fix or replace should something damage them!
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:33 PM
 
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This is the kind of thing that is the fruit of switching to city council by districts.

Didn't get this kind of idiocy when all of the councilpeople were elected at large.

The city is sufficient small enough that we should be able to be represented by the whole council, who should have the whole city's wellbeing in mind.
Areas like the West End would get even less attention than they do now if we had a fully at-large city council.
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Areas like the West End would get even less attention than they do now if we had a fully at-large city council.

I got to disagree with that, the western sectors of the city have received major capital improvements over the years, even before council went to district elections.

A lot of new stuff up in Greentree City and Westwood, with new parks and fire stations.

I think its more of a critical point to attract fire and police personnel to live in an area to attract the city's attention than the representation of council.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Stupid, and I'm surprised the article didn't mention Ricky Burgess, whose issue this is.
Why am I not surprised Ricky Burgess is involved?
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Crafton, PA
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The West End neighborhoods tend to get overlooked in many aspects but I can't really complain about road paving. Roads tend to get patched and fixed as needed, even if it takes numerous complaints (par for the course anywhere). In the last few years we've seen both West Carson and Chartiers Ave undergo major maintenance. My alley is cratered like the surface of the moon but whose isn't?

A lot of our roads are brick which require little/no maintenance, even if they do develop some rolls and dips (which act as nice speed bumps). Its a shame most of these brick streets were paved over long ago.

Note: If the maintenance funds were doled out based on tax revenue per district, what would happen to these poorer areas? Would we be looking at dirt/gravel roads in 40-50 years where we would all need to purchase Jeeps to get in and out of our neighborhoods? We've got to maintain these neighborhoods as best as we can to hopefully improve the neighborhoods long-term and grow the tax base.
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:59 AM
 
Location: O'Hara Twp.
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I heard that Alan Hertzberg brought a lot dollars to the West End and he still may have some say in where dollars go in that area.
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Old 06-05-2011, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Stupid, and I'm surprised the article didn't mention Ricky Burgess, whose issue this is.

But there's always a silver lining - unlike trash cans, no one can steal the asphalt.
LOL
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