Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Follow those stories

City schools enrollment again in the news.. I put up a plot of the time series for city school enrollment in the past. One problem there is that I am told some of those past numbers (pre 2000 or so) may be somewhat mythical which may explain the curious shift in trend all of a sudden around then.

The story I caught that I thought came from Melbourne's The Age, but was really sourced from the UK's Daily Telegraph... looking at population loss and vacancy issues seems to be fodder for Toland's piece today. If you are interested, here is an old map of population density in Pittsburgh. A larger PDF version is there if you click on it.


and then there are the hotels. You realize this G20 thing isn't going to be so easy when you read today about the work stoppage at the Hilton Hotel Downtown. Anyone know which delegations were slated to be staying there? Anybody have time to go through and update us on the great Pittsburgh hotel mystery. I still want to know if those 4 hotels in (or near) East Liberty are still progressing. I know folks have been relocated to make way for the one I am most curious about, the Hotel Indigo announced that is going right in the heart of East Liberty.. but I have not noticed any construction yet. According to the original press release construction was supposed to start last year and the hotel was supposed to open by the 4th quarter of this year.


Anonymous RoboticGhost said...

My spreadsheet is in hopeless disarray thanks to the Global Economic Meltdown (GEM) and a busy schedule. As far as I can tell, the Indigo is still a go. One of the other hotels slated for East Liberty is "on hold." here's my poorly maintained list:

Renaissance- Done
Hampton Inn Strip- Done
Holiday Inn Express- Southside Done
Spring Hill Suites North Shore- Done
Federal street Fairfield- July 2010 Completeion
Hilton Spring Gardens 4th and Ross- Plans Oked in March
Hill district Arena hotel- Site Prep Underway
PNC building- Almost done
Marriot over Sonoma- Done
Technology Center Hotel - Oakland Site Prep
East liberty Indigo- Construction starts in September
East liberty 2- ???
east liberty 3- ???
South Side boutique hotel- Almost Done
Second SS Works Hotel - "On hold"
Bairel Project- Come on Peduto! Get this one going again
Convention center- You hear rumblings still
Lawrenceville Project by the new Children's Hospital- Planned, funded
Residence Inn shadyside- Done
Waterfront- Done
Fairfield Inn Neville Island- Done
Wyndham - Oakland Done
Holiday Inn select- Oakland Done
Forbes avenue suites- Done
Hyatt North Shore- Under Construction
Squirrel Hill Gateway Project- In planning; might include a hotel

If anybody has any updates, let me know.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 12:37:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

If I could only crowdsource all data collection like that. ;-)

Why do I not know where the project near Children's is going in?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 6:05:00 PM  
Anonymous RoboticGhost said...

In re: the CHP hospital

Racking my brain and Googling fiercely hasn't turned up what I'm looking for. Its been on the list as funded for a while, but I can't find the details. It might have been from a private conversation. I'll ask the logical person and report or shut up already depending on what I find.

In any event, I'm going to do a diligent redding up of that list and will repost in a few days with some more details if I can.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 7:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Say, what about the hotel near CMU, at the end of the Forbes Ave. bridge at the Exxon station?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 11:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Latest on "CMU" hotel ... ZBA hearing pending:

Date of Hearing: July 9, 2009
Time of Hearing: 10:00
Zone Case 082 of 2009
4655 Forbes Avenue
Zoning District: OPR-B
Ward: 4, Oakland
Council District: 3, Councilperson: Kraus
Museum Park Hotel LP : Owner
William R Sittig: Applicant
New 7-story hotel (general) with approximately 150 guest rooms and
a minimum of 60 parking stalls in basement garage
Exception: 908.03.D.2(e) Hotel (general)
Exception: 908.03.D.2(f) Maximum height: 85 ft

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