Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

This District Will Empower South Side Residents

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

This District Will Empower South Side Residents

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The Post-Gazette Editorial Board did a disservice to the South Side by so quickly judging the proposed Neighborhood Improvement District in our community ("Bar This Tax," Feb. 27).

As members of the South Side Improvement District Steering Committee, we've talked with countless residents who say they want a voice in our neighborhood's future. They are tired of the lack of response to our neighborhood's requests for help and the disrespectful behavior of weekend visitors.

Unlike those who are opposed to the improvement district but offer no viable solutions to issues facing South Side, we are working together to protect our neighborhood.

It is simply not true that a Neighborhood Improvement District won't benefit residents. To declare that plans for improved parking, removal of litter and marketing of South Side as a place to "live, work, and play responsibly" will help businesses thrive at the expense of residents ignores that we all benefit from a neighborhood that is cleaner and safer. …

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