Its been two weeks since Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's "Enforcement Blitz" to cut down on chaos in the Southside as part of the Pittsburgh Sociable City Plan that coincidentally came a week after a police chase through the Southside that ended in gunfire.
So far the crackdown has resulted in over a dozen arrests, dozens of traffic citations and towed vehicles and non-traffic citations. We've heard stories of jay walking tickets and noise violations for the bars and roving teams that enter establishments counting patrons and checking paperwork.
From the Jan. 15th press release:
"It is clear that we need an all-hands-on-deck strategy to restore safety to the South Side neighborhood," Ravenstahl said. "This study has great recommendations that will improve certain aspects of the South Side, such as enhanced cooperation among bar and restaurant owners and plans to improve parking and transportation. These strategies, and others, will ultimately lessen the burden on our public safety officers, but we must take action now to restore order to this neighborhood. "
"I have directed my public safety chiefs to continue this enforcement blitz for as long as it takes to restore the quality of life that each and every Pittsburgh resident deserves," Ravenstahl said. "This will not be a once in a while tactic. Every weekend, we will have this ramped up enforcement. If you go to the South Side and take part in any illegal activity, chances are you will be cited or arrested."
The Pittsburgh Sociable City Plan ended its first phase with comprehensive recommendations focusing on the following:
>District Management: Updates to zoning codes by creating a "hospitality zone overlay".
>Transportation: Strategies to enhance parking, taxi service, pedicabs and transit in the nighttime economy.
>Public Safety: Interagency collaborative to improve compliance and reduce risk and harm.
>Hospitality Practices: Efficient process for new businesses and risk management of current businesses
>Personal Accountability: Social marketing for harm reduction. Good neighbor agreements.
The complete 77 Page Pittsburgh Sociable City Plan online.
Are violations the only thing that has been done so far?
Is it helping?
Is the city still not doing enough?
Is the city doing too much and hurting local businesses?
What are they doing right and what are they doing wrong?