The Post Gazette which is always there to paint a smiley on every rotten egg the local government lays had a hard time with the Hi-Tops story.One is left to wonder how serious people could have built a business plan on such fragile ground and lays out in detail just how damaging the double stadiums are to economic life on the North Side.
Harold Rothstein,a consultant for the bar said.”The Pirates got great tradition and we were here for the worst six years in the history of the Pirates and I think that’s a big economic factor.” So, basically the place depended on just the teams and was counting on winning seasons? “And while Hi-Tops crowds swelled on Pirates game days, they never were quite as large as they could have been had the team been winning. “On game days, it’s great. On non-game days, it’s a ghost town,” he added.”
According to Robert Lampl, HT’s attorney, they were paying 30,000 a month in rent, and sited the fact the business way productive only about 100 days a year. He said the bars owners expected faster development near the stadiums which would create foot traffic. But we can see now how much the teams need parking and that calls most development into doubt.
Several, of the other business owners interviewed admitted how slow, the area was in the Pirates off season but none seemed to be in the bleak shape of Hi-Tops. Some of them are getting business from the local office crowd and may be getting a little business from the small downtown residential population, local populations that probably would have been much bigger if the stadiums had never been built.