Trash talk: The mayor deals with sponsors about future concerts

Mayor Bill Peduto is right to hold concert sponsors responsible for trash

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has channeled his anger over concert-goers’ trashing of the North Shore into a multipronged effort to prevent a repeat performance.

The annual summertime country music concert, headlined by Kenny Chesney until he was supplanted by Luke Bryan this year, has been a disgraceful display.

Mr. Peduto is correct that enough is enough and changes must be made for the future. To that end, he met Tuesday with representatives from city and Allegheny County departments, parking lot operators and the public authorities and sports teams that control Heinz Field, PNC Park and Consol Energy Center.

He wants to limit the hours for tailgating, restrict overnight boat docking and require up-front deposits from promoters — money they would forfeit if costs resulting from an event are excessive.

The city doesn’t want to discourage large, popular shows from coming to town, bringing tax revenue and customers for local businesses. And officials must be careful that tight restrictions don’t mean partiers locked out of stadium parking lots turn nearby residential streets into Margaritaville.

That doesn’t mean the city should forgo its duty to keep the peace and keep the place clean. Mr. Peduto has taken the first steps toward ensuring that event sponsors pay enough so the city can deploy sufficient resources, particularly off-duty officers who can cite violators.

People who come for concerts should not be allowed to trash the place and force the owners — city taxpayers — to pay for the cleanup.

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