Well, Lynn Swann has finally cast the last stone in his hopes of becoming the next governor of Pennsylvania as far as i’m concerned. Today, the ex-steeler came out in full support of a plan by Isle of Capri to build a $290M arena as a “win win win situation”…he went on to say:
“It’s a win for the Penguins because they get first rate facility. It’s a win for the Hill District, where we’re talking about redevelopment, and it’s a win for the taxpayers because it doesn’t cost the taxpayers a cent,” Swann said.
My response to Mr. Swann is a big old LOLOL!
Is it really a win for the Penguins – a dying franchise in a dying sport? In 15 years, hockey will be about as popular as soccer in america and Pittsburgh will have a 15 year old empty world class arena to show for it. Well at least the good folks over at Isle of Capri will have a place to put more slot machines.
I can barely read the next “win” without losing control of my bladder – a win for the Hill District LOLOLOLOL
Mr. Swann, if you really think that a casino on the outskirts of a poverty stricken neighborhood is going to be good, than you are far less intelligent than i had ever given you credit for. All you have to do is take a peek to the east to see what great things casinos and the likes bring to a city: good old Atlantic City, NJ. A place where as long as you don’t leave the boardwalk itself; you may come back home alive-although i’ve heard of muggings even happening in front of some of the casinos recently. I am sure that this casino is going to cure all that ails the Hill District LOL…maybe while there at it, they could put a few more bars, liquor stores, gun stores, and pawn shops – I am sure that will greatly increase the real estate values in that neighborhood But, wait, I am sure Pittsburgh will handle this alot better than AC, right? WRONG!
Ok, drum roll please, we are ready for the final “win” – the one that is simply loaded with half-truths: “it’s a win for the taxpayers because it doesn’t cost the taxpayers a cent,”
tell him what he wins, gene!
(all sarcasm, all the time) WOW, this sounds fantastic! A new arena with no strings attached! What great people this Isle of Capri must be!
Hold on a minute, is it possible we may not be thinking this thing through completely? (end of sarcasm for now)
Maybe instead of flipping the bill for a new arena, maybe (I know this sounds crazy), but maybe they could use that money to improve the city’s infrastructure :p Say it with me again, folks, “IMPROVE the City’s Infrastructure”!
How about expanding the LRT system to the East/West/North?
How about improving our horrible roads?
How about actually lowering property taxes?
How about lower business taxes?
How about improving our schools?
or here’s an idea=
HOW ABOUT PAYING FOR THE EXTRA POLICE, EXTRA FIRE, EXTRA AMBULANCES, EXTRA SOCIAL PROGRAMS (Gamblers Annonymous and the wealth of other problems that arise from communities with casinos), and the likes that will be NECESSARY for Pittsburgh to simply continue at status quo!
But, let’s face facts, rational opinions be dammed!
(enters into his nostradamus phase)
(rubbing his crystal ball)
I see a newspaper, its dated 2025 and the newspaper is the Pittsburgh Numbers Weekly (which has replaced the post-gazette; k, some of my predictions may be a lil far fetched)
ok, now i see the arena….oddly, it is a hockey night, yet nobody is there – wait a minute, thats not even the penguins out there, it’s some sort of high school practice squad – oh right, i almost forgot that hockey has been locked out since 2020 because the owners could no longer pay players…now i see the hill district in all of it’s grandness…hmmm…yes i see it now, there are at least 20 new businesses in the Hill – they are ALL PAWN SHOPS! I guess all the wonderful $7/HR jobs weren’t very enticing to the people of this community as usual, the casino imported people in from Ohio and WV…A further look at the city shows lots of construction cones and even more potholes – guess the casinos didnt help much there….but at least the city saved all of those TAXES, right? What? Pittsburgh has gone bankrupt :O – oh geeze and now that the Bankruptcy laws are soo much tougher, the city will be forced to rename the public schools after MBNA and CHASE, etc…Well i guess at least property taxes have gone down right? NOPE – looks like we were just voted the least livable city in america overtaking Michael Moore (renamed), MI by only two votes
Seriously though, why is it that Pittsburgh constantly seems to enjoy playing the role as the abused girlfriend? Maybe this city should strap on some cujones and actually try to build this city back to respectability….how do you do this?
2. LOWER BUSINESS AND PROPERTY TAXES
3. IMPROVED INFRASTRUCTURE (roads, bridges, etc)
It amazes me that this city’s fathers cannot simply look at what Washington County and Cranberry have been doing and simply try to emulate them even slightly
Well enough of this rant, we all know that this city will keep making the same mistakes over and over again and there is nothing that can be done about it – that is the american way