As Pittsburgh city council members await a top-secret magic show (at which professional illusionists will conduct a one-card monte exhibition, then appear to transform a pothole into a pot of gold), they should ponder whether stories like this could signal a local cascade of stories such as this one. (Song for the next decade? "The Funny Bone's connected to the law firm . . . the law firm's connected to the accounting firm . . . the accounting firm's connected to the headquarters . . . and who said it's hard to find a place to park downtown?")
If decision-makers pass a tipping point with respect to cost-to-value and city-vs.-suburbs ratios, the disappearance of a downtown business district could be no illusion.
As a gesture of charity for the less fortunate, promoters will permit a group of stagehands, ticket-takers and other endangered species to attend the exclusive and magical performance.
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