Does the Developer Have Money for the Grand Plan?

Pittsburgh’s leaders continue to insist that economic development projects be based on ‘visions’ rather than reality. Obviously, lessons from the failed Lazarus and Lord and Taylor’s department stores were not learned. The latest episode involves building a long awaited grocery store in the Hill District. District residents and the City’s Urban Redevelopment Authority must decide between two proposals, a relatively modest but fully adequate low cost store and a more extravagant development that would include a ‘super’ market with a dry cleaner and pharmacy. Continue