Last night I attended the Central Northside Neighborhood Council meeting which had on its agenda two important (and current) topics for the North Side: the casino and the Federal-North corridor redevelopment.
It was interesting to hear the concerns of the citizens of the neighborhood and their thoughts on the impact of the casino.Â There were alot of very good points addressed, but I was disappointed that I did not here more discussion about the potential interaction between the casino and the redevelopment of the Federal-North corridor.
The discussion of the types of businesses that the neighborhood residents were interested in having open in the Federal-North properties were very much centered on the services that would benefit the neighborhood, rather than the types of businesses that would attract people to the neighborhood to spend money.
While some of the businesses (bank, dry cleaners, bakery, family movie theater, etc) discussed might be very good for the neighborhood, they also miss an opportunity to create a “destination” on the North Shore for people who are coming to the North Shore for the casino, and in addition, the Steelers and the Pirates.
If the casino will be a one-stop destination for its guests, then local neighborhood businesses might be the best way to go.Â But if there’s a chance to really enhance the profile of the neighborhood among Pittsburgh residents while maintaining the historical character of the buildings, wouldn’t that be a better way to go?
The discussions were very preliminary, so I’m interested in hearing the thoughts of others in Pittsburgh.Â What types of businesses would you like to see in the Federal-North corridor?
P.S. One idea at the meeting that I really liked was the idea to create a North Side History Museum in a space there.