Draftnik wrote:Morehouse had 3 objections:
2) Plan B doesn't address the redevelopment of the Hill District. This is a joke. The Pens and the Hill are in a marriage of convenience with IoC. Most of the 8K residents displaced in the late 50s are probably dead and none would be repatriated for free. The Pens want a new arena. They don't care about the Hill.
In the IoC scenerio, the Pens get *exactly* the arena *they* want.
In Plan 'B' they get the Arena someone else builds for them.
The Hill District redevelopment is the *key* difference. I've been saying this for MONTHS.
I don't think the Pens are dismissive of the Hill District renewel effort. I certainly wouldn't classify it as a 'Joke'.
I don't think anyone has used the word 'repatriated'. The damage done to *individuals* is done and can not be reversed. The damage done to the city as a whole *can* be repaired.
It's a FACT that many low-income people who currently live on the hill will actually be displaced by this plan. The poverty won't be totally eliminated, much of it will just move to Manchester, or the North Side or wherever low cost housing is available. But there will be some low-income units available, and some jobs created which will improve many families lives. Plus those fortunate enough to live on the edges of the redevlopment effort will see their property values increase. (See the doubling and tripling of south side property values from 1985 - 2000).
All in all what happens is that the Pittsburgh economy gets stimulated by this redevelopment effort. Instead of a fringe area with little access completely accreoss the river getting a few new condos, the IoC proposal takes the relators creed into consideration. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. The Redevlopment of the Hill takes some of Pittsburghs most prime real estate and starts to make it attractive again.
I really bristle at the characterization of the Hill Redevelopment as a "joke".