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Old 06-06-2012, 01:18 PM
 
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Sometimes it takes a non-native... such as this migrant from DC...

Go for a tall change - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Go for a tall change

June 6, 2012 12:22 am

In response to your "Riverfront Quality" editorial (June 4):

What is the aversion to 15- or 20-story residential buildings in the planned Strip District development site? Part of what makes vibrant urban communities is density, and Downtown and its immediate environs sorely need it.

You state a fear that these heights "far exceed those of nearby structures, [and] could pose an eyesore." Since many of the nearby structures are now parking lots, I fail to see the problem.

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Old 07-09-2012, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Shadyside, Pittsburgh
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More Pittsburgh councilmen pick at Strip District development - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Looks like city council is putting more pressure on Buncher to reveal details as a condition for financing as well as the sale of the produce terminal. It will be interesting to see what comes out of this, especially in light of the recent railroad concerns and issues regarding public space and building height.

One quote that's interesting to me, though this may be par for the course in local politics, is this:

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The pair also asked Buncher to commit to using union labor during construction.
Can the city force a private developer to use union labor as a condition for financing or building permits?
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Philly
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Suit: Buncher ignores stormwater issues - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:56 AM
 
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We definitely need to take this sort of blank-slate opportunity to do stormwater management correctly.
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:00 AM
 
Location: city of pittsburgh
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which city department does the actual review of stormwater management? i wish i can get more details on that, because both sides might be using different guidelines altogether, or PennFuture might be asking for overkill.

in either case, i would not / never do trust the developer. but the City is OK with the SWM plan, so who knows?
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:37 AM
 
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I believe both the City and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority are involved in stormwater issues in general (although I am not sure how involved the PWSA gets on the management/inflow side).
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:00 AM
 
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Buncher plan would limit public access to Strip District in Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:35 AM
 
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Gated streets should be unacceptable. I realize that the public doesn't have that access right now, but if this project is going to include the Produce Terminal, TIFs, new access to public streets, and likely many other public accommodations and subsidies, that should be a basic condition.
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Thing is, Buncher owns it and at the end of the day, they got a lot of power what they do there. Obviously the city can use the revenue. Maybe by gating an area off, they will attract those who don't feel safe in the city. You need to look at the bright side of all this. Could mean that people will come in from some suburbs if they feel safe enough.
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:03 AM
 
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"Maybe by gating an area off, they will attract those who don't feel safe in the city. You need to look at the bright side of all this. Could mean that people will come in from some suburbs if they feel safe enough."


The people who think the Strip District is unsafe are welcome to stay in the suburbs.
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