Pittsburgh’s proposed Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT, is what was on CAT’s agenda Wednesday evening. The BRT is a combined plan between the city, county and the Port Authority to connect Downtown with Oakland by taking a traffic lane on Forbes or Fifth avenues away from private vehicles to create a dedicated lane for new electric buses.
The following graphic represents the 17,241 affordable housing units Pittsburgh needs to provide for all households earning 50 percent of the city's median household income or less. For the full story on Pittsburgh's affordable housing shortage, read our explainer: What you need to know about affordable housing (or lack thereof) in Pittsburgh
The Penn Plaza development has been a symbol of a trend, where units well within the price range of low-income Pittsburgh residents are being squeezed out of the market and replaced by new, swanky places aimed at high-earners.
Update: On Thursday morning (Feb. 23, 2017), the City of Pittsburgh and representatives from LG Realty Advisors met in the City-County building to try to resolve the lawsuit brought by the city. After private deliberations, the city and Pennley Park South, an LG subsidiary, agreed to continue negotiating in private, to meet again in court on March 3 and to refrain from public comment. “I’d like to thank the parties...for agreeing today to try to refrain from comment and hopefully reach a settlement,” said Judge John McVay, who is overseeing the case. “I don’t know if we will, but I do believe that sometimes we make it worse in the courtroom and the media.”
Mayor Bill Peduto looked glum. Soon-to-be Vice President Mike Pence was on the stage speaking before a packed ballroom at the 85th winter meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors. Peduto sat in the back listening along with other mayors, aides and staffers. Pence’s speech, delivered to an audience of about 500 people, focused little on the nitty gritty — he advocated for infrastructure investment, education reform and more support for law enforcement, but he didn’t go into details on policy plans or execution. The former Indiana governor catered to his audience, emphasizing that “mayors are on the front line of public service,” and that “this new administration will work in partnership with city halls all across America.”
As Pence concluded his speech to less-than-enthusiastic applause, Peduto muttered.
Companies that film TV shows, commercials and movies in Pennsylvania and spend at least 60 percent of the project’s budget here can apply for a film tax credit and get up to 25 percent off of their taxes.
Tom Cruise steps out of a smoky bar into the cold night’s air to fight a group of cocky punks. Before he punches and kicks them into submission, he gives their leader a final offer, “It’s your last chance to walk away.” Behind Cruise, lights on the Strip District’s telltale produce terminal illuminate the scene. “Are you kidding? It’s five against one,” the leader says, against the backdrop of the St. Stanislaus Kostka Church.