We want to ride buses to the center of the city and get off at all the convenient stops (some have already been removed).
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s idea of walking “just a couple of blocks” and Mayor-elect Bill Peduto’s notion that stops at the Downtown perimeter would put all riders within three blocks of their destination dismiss the needs of workers, the elderly, those with any degree of disability, people carrying bundles, small children, etc. Other motorists blithely offer us advice on walking for our health.
Streets from Grant to Smithfield are hills, and footing it around our unique triangle is no small jaunt.
The circumvention of East Liberty to make it more mall-like discouraged strong business or vibrancy there for 50 years.
Frank Sinatra’s song got it right: “I want to be a part of it . . . [in] the very heart of it,” and to do this we need bus stops.
DOROTHY M. AUTORE