Some Tips on How to Destroy a City
One bunch of people who are likely to want to come to Pittsburgh are urban planners. This isn't a complement; Pittsburgh is almost a lab experiment in poor government and bad urban design and it's kind of famous for it. So, it may be that people may want some tips on how too screw up their towns too. These tips are most useful if you are looking to screw up a city with a small land area (by which I mean -- [with]in the city limits) and are great for places with lots of hills, rivers or other barriers.
Here are just a few ...
Tear holes in your city and stick in as many highways as you can. Highways that will divide and cut through existing business districts are the best. You must have major highways cutting into your downtown!! Remember, you don't want people to live in the city, especially wealthy people.
Raise taxes in the city to pay for it and your other plans. Well, just raise taxes for any reason really.
Cut and remove as much mass transit as you can. Transit is needed to have a dense city and you don't want that ...
Put huge sports stadiums in or near the key areas of the city. Since they are usually empty, they are like putting extra-fancy holes in the town. They waste lots of tax money and best of all they need tons of parking!!! (Remember, you don't have mass transit.) The key is to put these holes in or just near the downtown and make sure that a sea of parking lots sit on the most useful city land ...
Use all kinds of anti-walking policies. Shoppers usually walk and you don't want that. Get rid of sidewalks and use highways with walls to cut up areas.
Basically, it's a progressive strategy. You set in motion a chain reaction that requires more and more of the same -- more holes and lower densities require more driving and more holes in the city and so on.
You can do it too!!!