To be clear, I do not have a problem with any resident or business owner of South Side being opposed to the formation of a NID. What I do have a problem with is the conduct of several individuals who attended the meeting on October 24, particularly some of the owners of businesses on Carson Street.
There was no need to shout and verbally attack the members of the steering committee. Feeling strongly about the formation of a NID, be it positive or negative, is certainly normal and a good thing as it shows the people of the South Side care about their community and want to protect what so many have worked so long and hard.
However, once again, I couldn't help feeling that the business owners were only concerned about themselves and not considering the opinions of the residents. I used to frequently patronize the local businesses, however more and more I find myself not doing so as what benefit does their success have on me.
There are thousands of restaurants in Pittsburgh to choose from, I do not have to rely on Carson Street.
I would also like to point out that while these individuals are so against the NID, they offered no alternative solutions to remedy the issues facing the South Side. If the steering committee conducts future meetings on the formation of a NID, I am hopeful that we can have a meaningful, respectful conversation between the residents, business owners and steering committee in order to work towards our mutual goal of reclaiming our neighborhood.