What's up with the south end of Hot Metal?

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sloaps
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City Code, Title 4, Article 1, Chapter 416

416.01 MINOR STREET OBSTRUCTIONS; PERMIT REQUIRED.

(a) Except for emergencies, no person shall erect barricades or scaffolds, cover or uncover walkways, erect or relocate utility poles on sidewalks or roadways or temporary bridges, or display merchandise, or set out furniture, on a sidewalk, or make any curb cuts or lay or repair a sidewalk without first obtaining a permit from the Department of Public Works.

§ 416.11 PERMIT REVOCATION AND PENALTIES.

(a) Any person who violates any of the provisions of this article or regulations promulgated hereunder shall be subject to a fine of not less than two hundred dollars ($200.00) and not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) for each offense, and each day such a violation continues shall be deemed a separate and distinct offense.


netviln
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See. I think someone should put that on a big posterboard and fix it to the barricades.


cburch
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or better yet screenprint/sharpie/stencil/etc it on corrugated plastic and cable lock it to the barricade.


BradQ
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With the city’s inaction on this is it safe to assume that I can block the sidewalk in front of my house without retribution? I’d love if I had a huge front porch.

They’ve supposedly been warned and yet continue to place the barricades out. When is the city going to collect their $200-$1000 per day?

Meanwhile on the other side of Carson St, OTB Cafe was reportedly warned just last week that they can’t have tables or chairs on the sidewalk without incurring fines. I’m glad to see the city has their priorities in order – stifle business from having outdoor seating that does not block the entirety of the sidewalk by any means and drag their feet on the permitting process, but allow AE to completely block the sidewalk for no reason.

Ridiculous.


rsprake
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Meanwhile on the other side of Carson St, OTB Cafe was reportedly warned just last week that they can’t have tables or chairs on the sidewalk without incurring fines.

Seriously? Do they need a permit or something? And they won’t give them their bike parking spot which forces us to lock up and take up space on the sidewalk with our bikes…


rsprake
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This annoys me so much! They hulk smashed all of the green space that was there on the works side and replaced it with a lane of traffic and now they are telling bars to get off the sidewalk. Where do they think all the people in the cars go after they drive there? Urban planning fail.


sloaps
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I’d be willing to start a meter fund for the parking space in front of OTB. Feed the meter, eternally park a few beach cruisers in the space and encourage patrons to lock up to the beach cruisers.

Eh?


ieverhart
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When is the city going to collect their $200-$1000 per day?

What a wonderful way to solve the city’s budget crisis!


salty
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Kind of like how they decided the day after a huge snowstorm was a fine time to suspend fines for not shoveling your sidewalk? The city doesn’t want to make money that way, someone might get upset.


wojty
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Has anyone contacted district 3/Bruce Kraus about this yet? I just finished a web form and phone call in.

http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/district3/

Also of note, Kraus is on the Public Works board, so nice tie in there as well…


scott
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Hey everyone, Steve P. assures me that lots of folks are working on this and there is a meeting coming up to address this. The URA strongly encouraged the building mgrs (not sure if it’s actually AE) NOT to put barricades up, but they did anyhow. Now we’re dealing with this. New signs should be up shortly and the City is exploring other design options. Please hang in there and don’t do anything too rash.


netviln
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Just as a note, Obviously officials are probably aware of this. I took this picture yesterday from the switchback of the hotmetal bridge. Given the position of the riverfront trail sign, it does seem to indicate that the sidewalk in question is in fact the proper trail. Just saying, yaknow?


joeframbach
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I never noticed that. Good sleuthing!


dwillen
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Hey, that is just a sign, like those red octagons you see all over the place. They don’t really mean anything.

/sarcasm


ieverhart
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Hey, that is just a sign, like those red octagons you see all over the place. They don’t really mean anything.

Like the “Eliza Furnace Trail Access” sign at Bates Street where there is, officially, no trail access?

/sarcasm +1


Lyle
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I saw a pedestrian reach those barricades and then step off the curb and out into the street. It’s pretty low traffic, so not phenomenally dangerous, but gosh, you could fall and get hurt. If some pedestrian did get hurt there, the illegal barricades would make some lawyer really happy.


eMcK
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“Never a Fee, Unless We Get Money For You”


Mick
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@netvln Given the position of the riverfront trail sign, it does seem to indicate that the sidewalk in question is in fact the proper trail.

Has anyone brought this to the attention of either AE or the city people looking into this?

I’m guessing that the officials are not aware of this.

The city people talking with AE should know that this is not a sidewalk in a business district, it is, like the downtown end of the Liza Fur trail, a BIKE/shared-use TRAIL that just looks a bit like a sidewalk.

Mick


destroyyourface
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hey guys/gals. i haven’t checked this board for a while, but erok sent me a link to this thread. i work @ ae in the marketing dept. i sent an email to the Sr. Manager of Corporate Facilities bringing the concerns brought up in this thread to his attention. He hasn’t replied yet, nor do i know if he has anything to do with the barricades. i’ll keep yinz posted.


netviln
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Hot.. Thanks Mr. Face


BradQ
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For what it’s worth, as of the afternoon of 4/22/10 the barricades were back on the sidewalk.


dwillen
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Living up to that “Getting it done!” motto.


joeframbach
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I’ve made it a point to ride through the little walkway between the barricades. Current count is at four.


eMcK
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Wow. The government of our fair city never ceases to amaze me.

If I blocked the sidewalk in front of my house for this long with my kids toys, I’m sure a nebby neighbor would already have some government type breathing down my neck threatening me with fines.


edmonds59
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At this point they should probably just leave them there until Pedal Pgh, then that morning, at 6:00+- a.m., “someone” could install some official looking signs saying “Trail blockage brought to you by American Eagle”.


buzz1980
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The city’s response to this issue is snowstorm-esque. How many people are needed and how long does it take to “look into” a complaint of a blocked sidewalk?


mark
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this might be worth losing a $30 ulock over


joeframbach
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Hey, it’s been a while.

Any updates?


reddan
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Still blocked as of 7 AM today.


rsprake
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Heh. The gates were moved aside from the driveway on Sunday. I didn’t stop but it looked like someone from AE stapled a bunch of laws to it.


edmonds59
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Yeah, they were moved on Sun., but I didn’t notice the laws. I patched a flat right over by the steel sculpture :(

Maybe this is just the work of some crazy maintenance guy. Bumper bike guys nemesis, Barricade Man.


reddan
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Hmmm….”Barricade Bike”. There’s a concept…


ieverhart
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We need a bat-signal-esque way to call for our hero, Bumper Bike.


Mick
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I don’t really know a lot about barricades.

Do they float?


Nick D
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They would most definitely sink.


ieverhart
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As of Wednesday 4/28 at 5:15 p.m., the fences were moved to the side–still visible but fully out of the way.


mark
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when i road by yesterday they were moved… i thought this was all over!


ieverhart
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If it wasn’t clear, the fences were not blocking the sidewalk or anything else. Whoever put them up seems now to be complying with the requirement not to block the right of way.


myddrin
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This morning: Barriers back up, all the way across so that pedestrians had to either walk in the street or the flower beds.

If anyone has any press connections, I say use’em. It is crazy that this is still going on. It’s pretty clear the AE doesn’t care about pedestrians, much less ADA compliance. {And it’s the ADA issue that is starting to bug me more than anything at this point.)


netviln
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I saw them last night, but.. I think is what they have done, the barriers are now technically in the driveway and not on the sidewalk. They are completely blocking the entrance to the sidewalk now though as there is no gap in between them anymore.

Steve, I thought they were contacted and told to stop this. What gives?

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