Penguins must Bargain With or Cede Hill

About that zoning…

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said he sees the timing of the development’s start as a secondary issue to the need for the Penguins to work with the Hill and all parties to shape the development.

As long as the team is engaging the community, “we’re willing to work with them on the timing,” he said.

City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle, who represents the Hill, said neighborhood leaders “would have to understand the reasoning for the extension before we could even consider it.”

“Right now, the timeline is the timeline and everyone should be doing their best to stick to it,” he said.

Mr. Lavelle believes there still is time to get the disputed issues resolved with the community and meet the deadline. (P-G, Mark Belko)

The operative word is “engaging”. It is not synonymous with “meeting”.

If productive engagement is not ultimately forthcoming, we may be witnessing daybreak in the dirigiste liberalization of the local real estate market.

That is, more baskets for our eggs, and the goose does not get to run the dairy farm.

UPDATE: P-G publishers fall prey to some fuzzy “affordable housing” math, rely on the deserved good name of one particular Penguins development vendor, have dollar signs in their eyes and scream “Nooooooo!”

BONUS: In UPMC news, the NLRB charges really sting. We might argue all morning about “poverty wages” or whatever, but don’t all Americans get to pool resources together to pursue and exercise rights? The pattern is discomforting.

2 thoughts on “Penguins must Bargain With or Cede Hill

  1. Brian Tucker-Hill

    I’d love to see the Lower Hill site broken up and put out to bid, but if the Penguins actually submit a zoning plan and it gets denied, then there may be some question about the legality of a subsequent forfeiture

    1. Bram Reichbaumbramr101 Post author

      That’d make for a fascinating case involving the definitions of terms like “In good faith”. It’d be far easier if the Penguins submit a zoning plan we can get into… or if the City submits a zoning plan and it passes?


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