Mark Belko's April 7 article "Next Mayor Has Plenty Left to Do Downtown" failed to expose the real problem Downtown. The most important thing that needs to be addressed and everyone fails to mention is the safety of the people who live, work and shop Downtown. Last week's shooting right in the main business district ("Gunfight Erupts on Downtown Street," April 6) proves that the bus lines need to be moved to the outskirts of the city and let people ride the "T" into town. You cannot even walk down the street without getting harassed, listening to foul language and on many occasions seeing confrontations such as the one that just took place recently.
I work Downtown and now bring my lunch because you can't walk down Wood Street to go to a decent restaurant. The only time the streets were somewhat safe was when Bob O'Conner was mayor and he made it a priority.
Maybe the next mayor will do the same and you will see more businesses and people in Downtown Pittsburgh. Until then, forget it, I will carry my lunch, shop and eat at the malls!