The author poses a romantic notion that Pittsburg can become the urban mecca that Paris is, if we just give up our cars.
No problem with making Pittsburg a better place, it’s just that the unsaid implementation means forcing people out of cars, except for government officials who are too important to walk or take public trans.
Disclaimer: I moved to a city where I have to walk alot, by choice.
In before the 'h' posting.
I don’t think most people go on vacation so they can jog and ride their bikes — walk maybe from their hotel to wherever, maybe. But their primary reason for going on the vacation is not to walk from one place to another.
Now, does Pittsburgh have adequate tourist attractions? I’m not so sure....Carnegie Science Center is nice, but a lot of major cities have hands-on science museums now. Some will come for the ball games (Pirates, Steelers, Penguins, even Pitt) but most major cities have that too. I don’t think anyone goes on vacation for the parks and greenways, unless it’s a big park and you can camp overnight.
They built a large convention center some years ago....I don’t think they had the hotel space to support large conventions though. I’ve been away for a while; I get back occasionally so maybe the hotel space has caught up.
I’m looking over the convention center’s schedule....RV Show, Auto Show, Bead/Jewelry Show, Home and Garden Show...I think these are things people from the metro area come to look at rather than stay overnight for.
They’re always big on the part about not driving cars like European cities, but not so big on putting enough busses on the street to make riding them feasible.