Now that the Civic Arena is history and the sound of heavy equipment removing its lifeless steel carcass has ended, only a silent parking lot and a pile of dirt remain.
While it's noble to provide the good people of Cranberry, Mt. Lebanon and other suburban commuters more parking, that use of this prime land is uninspired at best and does little to benefit residents of the city -- the people who actually live here and pay the taxes that maintain the streets around that parking. Those of us who have purchased homes in the lower Hill are rapidly losing faith that anything of substance will happen anytime soon.
The 28-acre arena site, between Downtown and Pittsburgh's future, is an important bridge between a once-neglected neighborhood and an expanding Downtown.
We're well into the first year of the Pittsburgh Penguins' and the SEA's promise of developing 2.8 acres of the land each year, and we're hearing nothing about the necessary infrastructure, or about any development in the works ... only the sound of crickets from the empty parking lots at night.
Is there actually a plan in place, or did our Civic Arena die in vain?