Pat Howard: Scotts' sweeping vision could transform Erie bayfront
The Scott family made its name and lots of money skillfully leveraging the sprawl and franchising that have transformed communities across America.
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#1 Dec 8, 2013
the greeks have a special talent to identify and squeeze the last penny out of the lowlife market. They are below the secular jew on the food chain.
#2 Dec 8, 2013
have a dunkin' donut
#3 Dec 8, 2013
There are no details in the Scott plan, there has been no attempt to work with the Port Authority, and the city has no cohesive short or long range plan for the city and the waterfront. The Scott's have no experience with urban development but the Times/Chamber/Garvey network is already heralding this as a Hail Mary touchdown completion for a Super Bowl victory. Nick was the beneficiary of tens of millions of dollars in publicly funded infrastructure on Peach Street. He didn't pay a penny for any roads up there but reaped a huge benefit because of Summit Township's approve anything/PennDOT will save us mentality.
For decades, Nick has let the bayfront stagnate because of his refusal to do anything productive with all the land that he controls. Nick also wasted taxpayer money suing the convention center authority. But he is being treated like a savior now?
The Convention Center is in the most idiotic location. It is on the most expensive land in the city with no room to grow and it is difficult to get to with only a commuter highway servicing it. You can't really even walk to and from the place and a $800,000 bridge had to be constructed just to link the hotel to it. So how does someone get to the convention center from the Hilton that Nick claims he will build? Will people walk through the Sheraton to the overpass? Will they realistically walk through the mini-golf course parking lot, along an access road and then through another parking lot. Or will there be a shuttle?
There have been no public meetings or discussions about the whole taxpayer-funded scheme. Why not?
Taxpayers have been hosed on the convention center, the GAF property, and other similar projects. We deserve to have a full discussion before they city writes a funding application to help the king of the franchises.
Nick is just playing chess with the convention center authority. Guess who the pawns are?
#4 Dec 8, 2013
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