PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – How do you balance a growing night scene with residents’ rights to a safe peaceful place to live?
That is what today’s announcement was all about and it all starts with study that will take a few months aims produce long-lasting solutions.
Pittsburgh’s night life and the problems it creates in some neighborhoods are well known.
I’ve seen hit and runs outside, I seen people get in car accidents..people drug out of cars. Beating people it’s horrible. That’s the worst,” Josh Huber said.
The South Side has become so bad that some bars have listed how to behave while enjoying yourself after sundown.
However, does the city need more police to curb the problems?
“I’m here to tell you there will never be enough police. That is not the solution,” Councilman Bruce Kraus said. “It really is about crafting a plan being proactive and managing on the front end and not draining public safety resources on the back end.”
Kraus is the force behind the today’s announcement about a $100,000 study to figure out how to balance quality of night recreation with residents’ of quality of life. The Responsible Hospitality Institute will take on the task.
“How do you value and support and coordinate the night time economy? Our role is really just to help get to the right point where that can be an ongoing focus,” Jim Peters from Responsible Hospitality Institute said.
The study will include city officials, business owners and community members. For Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, this study and resulting plan is not and won’t be about one area.
“I want to stress, first of all, that this is city-wide. It is not simply South Side specific,” Ravenstahl said.
The city hopes to use grant money and contributions from businesses to pay for the study.
The entire survey and summery will take about nine months to complete and will begins at the end of this month.