Monday, September 18, 2006

downtown on the mind...

So you think we obsess thinking about downtown development. Anyone with any interest at all in the future of downtown's anywhere ought to read this blog entry by UCLA's Michael Manville:

http://planningresearch.blogspot.com/2006/09/manville-on-downtown-revitalization.html

Three hypotheses are put forward to explain why there is so much emphasis on redeveloping downtowns: 1) The fiscal base explanation. The downtown has traditionally been the most valuable land in the city, and as it atrophies the city’s ability to collect tax revenues falls, and therefore so does its ability to provide services. 2) The public psyche explanation. The downtown’s importance is larger than its contribution to employment or population. and 3) The public choice explanation. In this interpretation downtowns are obsolete regimes lacking in market power but strong in political power.

Do all/some/any of these explanations apply to what is going on in Pittsburgh?

1 Comments:

Blogger John Morris said...

I think his final link about parking is very important http://www.uctc.net/access/25/Access%2025%20-%2002%20-%20People,%20Parking,%20and%20Cities.pdf

What exactly are the requirement's in Pittsburgh? From the looks of the current downtown, they are likely similar to L.A.

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