It seems like one of the major qualifications for a career in politics is the ability to seem shocked and surprised at the self evident effects of one's decisions and by that measure we have some pros here.
"Quite frankly, we aren't pleased. We need to work more diligently to come up with a design that's satisfactory to our design experts and the community and the task force," he said.
Mr. Ford said after yesterday's task force meeting that he is concerned about the impact the huge block-like garage, with more than 3,800 spaces, could have on views of the city skyline from Mount Washington and the Fort Pitt Bridge.
"We probably have one of the most scenic vistas and gateways into our city in the entire country. I don't want a garage of that size to be plopped on our landscape to be visible now for the next 50 years. That's something that is unacceptable," he said.
"We've got world-class facilities over there. We don't want any of those to be obstructed or detracted from by a 3,000- or 5,000-space parking garage."
Nothing will speak more eloquently of what Pittsburgher's think of their city and it's potential than looking down one this sea of ugly garages and empty holes on some of the cities most valuable land. At least in this case, there is chance for the casino to not be a tax hole as well. For the record, a Lower Hill location would have been even more damaging.