On the Wilson center, Peduto sends a bad signal

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When Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald were campaigning for office, both promised that job creation would be a top priority. The only way to fulfill such a promise is by either increasing government payrolls — something neither favored — or by making it attractive for businesses already here to expand here and new businesses to set up here.

Suppose you were the person making the decision to expand or to set up a new business here and read this quote from the mayor regarding the problems at the August Wilson Center: “We will not allow August Wilson’s name nor the center to be lost so that creditors can be made whole” (“High Bid May Not Secure Wilson Center,” April 19).

In effect the mayor has said that the stockholders and employees of Dollar Bank, which holds a mortgage in the amount of $7 million on the center, should be made the victim of a fiasco for which there is plenty of guilt to go around, none of which is the fault of Dollar Bank.

What is your decision? Mine would be to call officials in Atlanta, Houston or Charlotte. These and others like them are examples of cities that have proved they understand what it takes to attract business and job growth and which put the mediocre growth record of Greater Pittsburgh to shame. They might begin by not threatening to violate basic property rights.



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