The Post-Gazette is reporting that Pittsburgh's population tumbled by another 4,000 or so between 2004 and 2005.
Forget about political ideology and all that: Given this continued slide, does it really make sense to be subsidizing the construction of new housing?
I am sure that proponents of downtown living will argue that the subsidies are MORE necessary: How else to stop the slide?
But I think there is a real conundrum here. The city has obviously failed to halt the population loss, and I don't think anyone in his right mind thinks that a few extra granite countertops in the Forbes/Fifth corridor are going to do the trick, either. Think about it: 4,000 people would have to move here just to get us back to the 2004 level.
And again, where are all these people who are supposedly going to move downtown going to come from? If I were a property owner in Squirrel Hill or Shadyside I think I would be raising hell right about now. The market is already working against me. The last thing I need is Governor Rendell making it worse by giving my competitors $90,000 worth of upgrades free of charge.