|Art of VFX, Vincent Frei|
by Bram Reicbhaum
*-UPDATE: After amendments, this phase 1 of redevelopment plan is likely a go.
Despite assurances, residents in and around Larimer are of mixed mind as to where the redevelopment proposal forwarded by Burgess et al would take them.
Ms. Sims [of East Liberty] said she fears the plan will push out the low-income residents to make way for a demographic with deeper pockets. Low-income residents in the area, she said, have been burned by revitalization efforts in the past.
“We’re not fighting change,” she said. “We see the big picture, we just don’t want to get cropped out of it. [They] moved into this area for a reason … [They] would like to stay.” (P-G, Moriah Balingit)
Along the same lines but perhaps having a bit more to do with cost/value, a Post-Gazette Editorial Emanation offers a long and insistent, “Be careful.”
Meanwhile in InvestigatePGH news:
Debbie Lestitian, 47, of Brookline, entered the grand jury room of the federal courthouse Downtown, marking the first time in recent memory that a former member of a quasi-independent city authority has testified before the secret panel investigative panel. (Trib, Jeremy Boren)
The last time in recent memory the Comet wrote about Lestitian, it was during that which we will now call Stage AE gate, and she had questions of her own.
(And no, I have no idea where the Gateway Clipper is supposed to fit on the cork board. *-UPDATE: Nothing solid.)
Judge Colville said he assumed Judge James could undo the nomination if he agreed with the Ceoffe side, and that he would “chew on” the injunction request and review it with the other judge. “I anticipate, though not make the promise, I will not grant the motion” for an injunction,” he said. (Early Returns)
Such restraint is likely to remain the order of the day, but who knows anymore.
BONUS: The SouthSide Works will see more apartment complexes springing up if all goes according to plan, and the South Side Planning Forum and its Design Review Committee are blown away. (PBT, Tim Schooley)