The Strip District is one recent example:
Pittsburgh City Council on Monday delayed a vote for a second consecutive week on whether to grant historic status for the Strip District’s landmark Produce Terminal. (Trib, Bob Bauder)
Ideas for the building are just starting to circulate, a new Council rep and Mayor are just coming aboard.
Mr. Ferlo argued against proposed alternatives, saying “we can’t afford to let more of the building fall apart while we wait for a faction of the preservation community’s ideal to materialize.” (P-G, Mark Belko)
Well we could always take basic, critical-needs measures to maintain our building, if any are truly necessary. We could also take “The Preservationists” seriously. It’s not like they are an exotic or foreign Hobbit-like race. They’re just the half or so (or more?) of regular Pittsburghers who harbor an affinity for innovation and doing things better.
*-UPDATE / THOUGHT: To view the Terminal from the David McCullough Bridge — perhaps our greatest bridge — approaching the development site from the north, and viewing it on approach from Downtown, the opportunity to deliver and build upon historic value lies to the west. Let us not destroy that. Points east also deserve historic exposure. There is also a strong sentiment for riverfront access. Why not demolish the middle, creating a short north-south avenue of retail and other commercial or boutique residential bisecting the Terminal? The surviving two approximate thirds of the Terminal on either end can be preserved and commercially or otherwise advantageously adapted, as well as made to suggest an architecturally consistent one-time connection between each other — which has an aesthetic appeal. Entertain discussions about signage and other opportunities.