Taxing Billboards and Authority Angst
Headline Today: Billboard tax pushed by city councilman.
The (Pittsburgh) Gazette Times: Signboard Ordinance is Framed. October 28, 1911
Speaking of ancient history. Who knew the Stadium(less) Authority was not only not planning its own demise, but actually expanding its portfolio by subsidizing "T" rides on the North Shore connector. Funny thing tough. I presume the obvious that the Stadium Authority has some vested interest to do this because it will increase the value of parking lots it still owns on the North Side. So getting people to use that parking will take away from Downtown parking, the biggest supplier of which is yet another public authority, the Pittsburgh Parking Authority. So it's quasi-competition in the quasi free market of dueling public authorities in support of the Port Authority. Maybe we need just one big meta-authority to make sense of all the other authorities?
I do wonder what the PPA thinks of that deal since it can only hit their bottom line downward. That and does this really mean the Stadium Authority is planning to exist in perpetuity? Looks like it is working to self-justify a continuing stadium-less existence. Can we at least rename it to something a bit less anachonistic? It could be renamed the Authority formerly known as the Stadium Authority Authority. Remarkably, that would probably be less confusing to the public.