You don't know anything about the city, and probably weren't born there.
I was born out of state but I have been here in Pittsburgh since I was an infant, more than 40 years.
I bike year round in Pittsburgh, with studded tires for use in the winter.
I'm sure that you and the three other people who will face sub-zero temperatures on their bikes appreciate it but those lanes would be more useful with cars in them.
The chairs at Market Square were removed due to issues with loitering and drug use
I believe that those excuses were pretexts.
How does removing amenities make "more room" anyway?
By providing more space for outdoor dining areas for the restaurants. When (not if) they expand, that seating will be private property that can be limited to paying customers.
Gentrification of the Hill District is a strange thing
It's not just the Hill District. It's Homewood and East Liberty too. 10-15 years ago, it was Lawrenceville. I suspect that the Hazelwood/Glenwood area will be next.
The drug problems are real, but they were real in the 1980's too, it's just white people didn't notice except when they saw them on Hill Street Blues.
Nice try but it's not going to work here. I'm not white. I lived in the Duquesne projects back in the 1970s. I was harassed by cops during the drug wars in the 1990s. There is a black middle class in the region and most of us moved to the suburbs to escape the problems of the city. Now the city is sending those problems our way.