Monday, June 22, 2009

The UnStadium UnAuthority

or I suppose I should say the now leader-less UnStadium UnAuthority. The City's web page on the Stadium Authority says Sophie is still on the board although it says her term expired earlier in the year. Maybe she can be reappointed and put in charge?

First off, one has to ask why the Stadium Authority still exists. The stadia in town are all under the purview of the Sports and Exhibition Authority. (answer = debt)

Begs the question of why the Stadium Authority exists in the first place. The full answer is here in its bureaucratic best:

Proposal for the Redevelopment of Redevelopment Area # 16 in the Twenty First and Twenty Second Wards in the City of Pittsburgh, County of Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

I'd like ADB to beat those semantics.

Complete with an image from our paleo-future:

Look at that image and tell me we what it looks like? and I forgot Mike found a color version of that picture.

The introduction of that proposal has a summary that goes like this:

With the completion of the new Stadium, Pittsburgh will reassert its position of leadership among the foremost urban centers of the nation. Its image of having developed a renaissance program will be enhanced and the community will be the owner of one of the few new modern sports centers in the country. The recreational needs of the area residents will be fulfilled. The local economy will be stimulated. The Stadium Project is important to future renewal activities in the North Side, Downtown and in Oakland. It is important in the construction of a new interstate expressway system providing connections from West Virginia to Erie. It is important to the thousands of Downtown workers who need parking relief. In summary, the Stadium Project will be another major step forward in the comprehensive development of the City and the Pittsburgh region.

That was 4 stadia ago.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This prime location, across the river from the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh, and served by a new State and Federal highway network, can be
another key to removing the massive blight of the North Side by clearing the slums and erecting a new regionally-oriented sports stadium in their place.

Monday, June 22, 2009 10:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so if the stadium authority only exists to hold debt, doesn't it have some responsibility to whoever's holding the debt?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 12:56:00 AM  
Blogger EdHeath said...

We would be among the foremost urban centers of America, if we didn't need this walker.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 6:01:00 AM  

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