Over anger of advocates, Pittsburgh city council approves UPMC hospital expansion

Over anger of advocates, Pittsburgh city council approves UPMC hospital expansion

Much to the despair of community members, advocates and several elected officials, Pittsburgh City Council Tuesday approved by a 7-2 vote the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s request for a $2 billion dollar expansion.

Council approval came after weeks of public outcry from Pittsburgh residents who had issues with the health network’s treatment of its employees as well as the absence of a community benefits agreement, or community input in general, according to them.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburghers jam council chambers to express opposition to UPMC expansion plans

Pittsburghers jam council chambers to express opposition to UPMC expansion plans

More than a hundred registered speakers took to Pittsburgh City Council chambers to voice their opinions, largely skeptical, of a $2 billion expansion of a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospital — catching a few members' ears in the process.

UPMC, the multi-billion dollar health care and insurance enterprise, gained council’s approval in 2012 to expand its Mercy campus in Uptown — a rundown neighborhood sandwiched between downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland.

Thursday, July 19, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Community organizers file amicus brief to make public Pittsburgh Amazon H2Q bid

Community organizers file amicus brief to make public Pittsburgh Amazon H2Q bid

Despite being ordered to make the details of the Amazon HQ2 bid to the public, the City of Pittsburgh instead opted to appeal the decision. This “veil of secrecy,” as community organizers call it, has caused frustration among Pittsburgh residents. So much so that early Thursday morning, the Community Power Movement and a dozen other activists took to City-County Building steps to announce the submission of a petition and amicus brief urging the city to reveal what Amazon has been promised. 

Friday, June 22, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
To fend off displacement, councilman suggests deed restrictions on city-owned land

To fend off displacement, councilman suggests deed restrictions on city-owned land

In response to growing concern from residents about displacement should Amazon make Pittsburgh its second home, Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 5) proposed legislation Tuesday placing deed restrictions on between 15 and 20 properties in Hazelwood.

With the former steel mill site of Hazelwood Green seen as a likely Amazon Headquarters location, O’Connor said the properties would be left to lower income residents to help keep them in the neighborhood.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Worried about displacement, Pittsburghers demand to see Amazon bid

Worried about displacement, Pittsburghers demand to see Amazon bid

With signs demanding transparency, community investment, and their very own ‘Alexa’ more than 20 community organizers and concerned residents gathered in front of the Pittsburgh City-County Building to ask that elected officials release their much discussed Amazon HQ2 bid to the public Wednesday.

Pittsburgh along with Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, and over a dozen other cities, is competing to land Amazon’s second headquarters. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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