Politics Like Rapid Transit and Taxes on Plastic Shopping Bags and Removing Elevated Downtown Freeways and Replacing them With Boulevards…
posted by April 7 at 10:30 AMon
…this could never work here. Because, you know, our terrain is too hilly and our downtown would die and our poor people really, really need those plastic shopping bags and in general the very, very special uniqueness of absolutely everything about our very, very special region means, of course, that things that work elsewhere—even things that work everywhere else—could never, ever work here. But this seems like an idea worth discussing at least:
Pittsburghers complain about the failure to change with the times, but the release of a citizens report on the need for the city and Allegheny County to pursue a merger is a powerful impetus to get moving in the right direction. The long-awaited report, from a committee headed by University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg, assessed the bureaucratic duplication, the administrative overlap and the economic roadblocks that stem from too many layers of local government. It is not exactly a new idea.
Once again, the people of Allegheny County are asked if they want to move to a form of government that is not only modern and streamlined, but also holds the promise of greater efficiency and even some savings…. The Nordenberg report advances three broad recommendations that allow citizens to fill in the details: the county executive and the mayor should intensify their efforts toward cooperation that enhances efficiency; the city and county should sign a formal cooperation compact to ensure that such partnership continues in the future; and the question of city-county consolidation should be placed before the voters as soon as possible.