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Old 02-18-2013, 01:07 AM
 
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Hilltop neighborhoods shape green strategy - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:14 AM
 
Location: Kittanning
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Carrick really is an underrated neighborhood, and Allentown has some potential.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:59 AM
 
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development owns the two largest patches of vacant land -- the former public housing sites of Arlington Heights and St. Clair. When Arlington Heights was razed, a flat meadow of almost 84 unshaded acres with extraordinary views resulted.

The report recommends its reuse for large-scale agriculture and solar power generation.
The stupid.....
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:15 AM
 
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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I tend to agree that replacing vacant land in the Hilltop neighborhoods with large-scale commercial farms is specious, at best. With the affordable housing crunch facing nearly the entirety of the East End, South Side, and increasingly the Lower North Side it's only a matter of time before people migrating into the city start discovering the Hiltop neighborhoods as affordable alternatives. I wouldn't want to see prime real estate in the Hilltop repurposed for cows and lettuce when people will need more places to live in the city proper in the coming years if we continue to remain a "hot" city like Portland and Austin.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:05 AM
 
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I tend to agree that replacing vacant land in the Hilltop neighborhoods with large-scale commercial farms is specious, at best. With the affordable housing crunch facing nearly the entirety of the East End, South Side, and increasingly the Lower North Side it's only a matter of time before people migrating into the city start discovering the Hiltop neighborhoods as affordable alternatives. I wouldn't want to see prime real estate in the Hilltop repurposed for cows and lettuce when people will need more places to live in the city proper in the coming years if we continue to remain a "hot" city like Portland and Austin.
I'm almost starting to feel as if you believe there is some sort of shortage of housing, or drastic increase in rent, in the East End.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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I'm almost starting to feel as if you believe there is some sort of shortage of housing, or drastic increase in rent, in the East End.
Is sarcasm the best you can do at a reply?
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:30 AM
 
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There is not enough space there for any commercial farming. Not even close. Leave it as green space, no need to develop.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:32 AM
 
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I tend to agree that replacing vacant land in the Hilltop neighborhoods with large-scale commercial farms is specious, at best. With the affordable housing crunch facing nearly the entirety of the East End, South Side, and increasingly the Lower North Side it's only a matter of time before people migrating into the city start discovering the Hiltop neighborhoods as affordable alternatives. I wouldn't want to see prime real estate in the Hilltop repurposed for cows and lettuce when people will need more places to live in the city proper in the coming years if we continue to remain a "hot" city like Portland and Austin.
HUD just needs to sell the property. Public entities are notoriously poor "developers". If its not going to become a public space or public utility easement, get rid of it.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:35 AM
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I'm almost starting to feel as if you believe there is some sort of shortage of housing, or drastic increase in rent, in the East End.
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Is sarcasm the best you can do at a reply?
This isn't sarcasm, but I do think you've been getting over-the-top with this housing crunch stuff. Rents and property values are certainly up from what they once were, but it's been more a steady creep than a drastic spike for the most part. Also, Pittsburgh is still an incredibly affordable city relative to what it offers. It's COL-QOL ratio is simply moving on from "steal territory" to "bargain land."
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