Framing the Dialogue

Posts Tagged ‘allegheny county’

Air Scare

I am reading a book titled The Science of Fear (book review to come soon) and was struck by a recent op/ed in our local paper that hit on the essence of the book. Pittsburgh has suffered under the “Smokey City” label for years even though most of the steel mills and major industry has been long gone. My mother tells of the days when she had to change blouses twice a day because of the soot in the air. Pittsburgh is not that city any more, but many folks behave and advocate as if it is and groups use the historic image to bash the area while seeking stricter and stricter regulations on air emissions.  It is as if some of these groups cannot accept that things are way better.

Moochers Lament

Way back in the early 1980s I worked at a restaurant atop Pittsburgh’s tallest building.  The food was decent; the service was good; the view was awesome!  The U.S. Steel Building now sports a “UPMC” (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) sign acknowledging their biggest client.  The famed building was recently acquired by UBS Real Estate Securities Inc. based out of New York.  Pittsburgh’s Tribune review reported that the investing group has skillfully locally recorded “is a consignment of leases and rents by the lender in the deal…UBS also recorded a mortgage document for a $220 million loan UBS provided for the acquisition to Manhattan-based Karasick and his partners.”  Neither action requires the payment of transfer taxes which was estimated to be $10 million. 

Update: Liberal Alters – Unions

Unions and local Democrat politicians have devised wicked schemes to favor union companies from minimum wage rates, to prevailing wage requirement, to Project Labor Agreements (prevent non-union companies from bidding on publicly funded projects). Allegheny County (Pittsburgh area) has reached a new low with the latest tactic. Rather than their usual playbook favoring union shops, they now are going directly after local businesses that are not unionized.