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    http://kdka.com/local/save.Mellon.Arena.2.1323616.html

    Local Architect Wants To Save Mellon Arena

    Rob Pfaffmann pitched his plan to the Sports and Exhibition Authority Thursday.

    His idea is to retract the dome, remove the seating and create a park with an ice skating rink.

    Pfaffmann would like to see a mixture of retail, office and residential space around the arena with parking hidden underneath.

    He also plans to reconnect Wylie Avenue to downtown with a pedestrian walkway.

    Some people in the lower Hill District told KDKA-TV they think keeping the arena makes sense.

    "Why would they tear that building down all that money they put over there, OK? They took all the homes off the people to build that arena over there, now they want to tear it down," Virginia Hainesworth said.

    But for others, the arena represents something they'd like to see gone a project that destroyed blocks of a community and disconnected the Hill.

    "Why not reuse it and re-purpose it and redevelop a new symbol from the old symbol, so instead of representing a failure of urban renewal, it can be a success of the community reclaiming the building," Pfaffmann said.

    He also says the arena could be declared a historic landmark and that could mean tax credits to a developer.

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    "Why would they tear that building down all that money they put over there, OK? They took all the homes off the people to build that arena over there, now they want to tear it down," Virginia Hainesworth said.
    If you took all of the hill District residents and put them in a room together and tested them, you'd get maybe a combined I.Q. of 10

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    If you took all of the hill District residents and put them in a room together and tested them, you'd get maybe a combined I.Q. of 10



    Besides,isn't that arena 40 years old anyway??Who gives a **** at this point?Odds are that Virginia Hainesworth is a 92 yr. old former house owner there.

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    Besides,isn't that arena 40 years old anyway??Who gives a **** at this point?Odds are that Virginia Hainesworth is a 92 yr. old former house owner there.
    You know, I think I was actually talking to her in an Eat N Park the other day! She was telling me all about how the Hill District was a great place to live at one time and how everyone was so friendly there and helped each other out etc etc.......then her dentures fell out and I couldn't quite understand her after that! lol

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    If they're gonna build a rink... it should be a "practice" rink like Columbus has! I don't think there are plans for one in the new CEC

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    If they're gonna build a rink... it should be a "practice" rink like Columbus has! I don't think there are plans for one in the new CEC
    Dont really need one. RMU is fairly close, South Pointe isn't that far away either

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    You know, I think I was actually talking to her in an Eat N Park the other day! She was telling me all about how the Hill District was a great place to live at one time and how everyone was so friendly there and helped each other out etc etc.......then her dentures fell out and I couldn't quite understand her after that! lol
    Did you ask her why anyone should give the Hill District something new and shiny when they couldn't maintain a scaled down version from becoming a bunch of crack houses, run down, unkept homes and streets filled with trash, drug dealers and murderers??

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    You know, I think I was actually talking to her in an Eat N Park the other day! She was telling me all about how the Hill District was a great place to live at one time and how everyone was so friendly there and helped each other out etc etc.......then her dentures fell out and I couldn't quite understand her after that! lol
    I'm sure it was a great place to live..Up until about the late 70's probably

    Amazing how some people can turn perfectly beautiful places into such **** holes. The Hill isn't the only Pittsburgh neighborhood to suffer the same fate.

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    Dont really need one. RMU is fairly close, South Pointe isn't that far away either
    Not quite the same though. I remember reading that an auxillary rink was on the Pens wish list at one time, but the budget/or size constraints wouldn't allow for it.

    When in doubt... put in more parking!

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    Did you ask her why anyone should give the Hill District something new and shiny when they couldn't maintain a scaled down version from becoming a bunch of crack houses, run down, unkept homes and streets filled with trash, drug dealers and murderers??
    On the bright side, at least Red Wings fans had a place to go to, not far from the arena, that could make them feel right at home during the Stanley Cup Final.

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    On the bright side, at least Red Wings fans had a place to go to, not far from the arena, that could make them feel right at home during the Stanley Cup Final.

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    Not quite the same though. I remember reading that an auxillary rink was on the Pens wish list at one time, but the budget/or size constraints wouldn't allow for it.

    When in doubt... put in more parking!
    No, it's not the same thing, but it's good enough. Tough to throw in a practice rink in the area they are located. Not really any room unless they buy a block. They wouldn't get away from the piles of *****ing if they used the Mellon Arena plot to put a practice arena on

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    If you took all of the hill District residents and put them in a room together and tested them, you'd get maybe a combined I.Q. of 10
    You racist!!!!! The truth is the truth.

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    I'm sure it was a great place to live..Up until about the late 70's probably

    Amazing how some people can turn perfectly beautiful places into such **** holes. The Hill isn't the only Pittsburgh neighborhood to suffer the same fate.
    Nope, it isn't, but they are the only one of the same type of neighborhoods that use a arena as an excuse as for why they couldn't maintain their current, smaller community

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    You racist!!!!! The truth is the truth.

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