Thursday, September 22, 2005

Thoughts on Dahntahn - pt. 3

Part III: Strategery

A. Goals

What do we want to get out of downtown? Personally, I'd be happy if it just didn't smell like piss so much, but there's more to it than that. The more important question, is what do we want dowtown to be.

The answers I've heard lead me to believe that people want both a destination and a neighborhood: a place to live, work, play, and shop. They want Squirrel Hill, the Southside, or Shadyside, but bigger.

That seems to be a key distinction from the previous mayoral plans. Previously, the Murphy administration had sought to find one, master developer to undertake the redevelopment of the entire area. While this strategy would put the onus on a single entity, making coordinating redevelopment much easier, it relied on a strategies that were nearly enitrely homogenous, namely retail development.

People didn't seem to like that; I can't blame them.

But getting back to the goals, there are of them I'm looking at here:
(1) Relieving the City of Pittsburgh from a costly financial burden;
(2) Encouraging private investment in downtown;
(3) Providing a livable, workable, playable, shoppable space;
(4) Preserving the existing architectural features of downtown; and
(5) Sustaining the above.

And we move on...

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