What the heck. It works on campus.
The Daily Mail this week reported that a few employers, including one of the downtown law firms and a local architect, are enthusiastic.
I was surprised to hear of employers willing to add to their payroll costs.
However, I will try to keep my mind pried open, hoping that the first shovelful of dirt does not fly until these businesses have signed on the dotted line.
Of greater concern is who actually would build this complex, and who would finance it.
If the answer is government, the mind snaps shut.
Government money already is used to build roads, bridges, civic centers, farmers markets, housing for the poor, schools, playgrounds - the list goes on. The tax revenue needed to support all this is in short supply on all levels of government.
Ironically, government has spent money hand over fist in recent decades to make it easier for people to move out of cities. Great wads of tax dollars have been used to improve roads and extend city water and sewer services up hill and dale.
Now we want folks back downtown.
I've been a city dweller all my life. I grew up on the West Side but now live in South Hills. I appreciate the short commute to work and downtown amenities.
A nice Quarrier Street housing complex would shore up those amenities.
But it should be built by a business with private financing that would realistically evaluate demand for upscale apartments at that location.
The Holley site has been available for purchase for 20 years.
If no such entity is interested in taking on such a project, there's probably a reason.
Friend is editor and publisher of the Daily Mail. She may be reached at 348-5124 or nan...@dailymail.com.