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
Pittsburgh to defend Amazon bid privacy in court

Pittsburgh to defend Amazon bid privacy in court

In a press release, the city, Allegheny county, and the Allegheny Conference jointly announced that they filed a court appeal to the state Office of Open Records’ order that their bid become public. 

“The proposal submitted by PGHQ2 was a collective effort by multiple local stakeholders, including the county and city,” the release said. “In addition to the legal arguments, releasing the proposal would put our region at a competitive disadvantage.” 

Friday, February 23, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
State open records office rules for release of Pittsburgh Amazon bid

State open records office rules for release of Pittsburgh Amazon bid

City, Allegheny county "believe it to be in the best interests of Pittsburgh to file a legal appeal" of ruling

On the heels of being named a finalist, the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records ruled that both Pittsburgh and Allegheny County must release their Amazon proposals to the public.

The ruling came after local television reporter Paul Van Osdol, who works for Pittsburgh ABC affiliate WTAE, filed right-to-know requests with both the city and county for the contents of their proposals to attract the multi-billion dollar online retail chain’s second headquarters.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Philly, Pittsburgh both named finalists for new Amazon HQ

Philly, Pittsburgh both named finalists for new Amazon HQ

Pennsylvania's two biggest cities are both finalists for Amazon’s HQ2 that sent elected officials across the country running to their planners to craft their golden ticket for $5 billion in investment and 50,000 new jobs.

Both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh were listed as one of the 20 finalists Amazon announced with a page on their website posted Thursday morning. In total, 238 cities and regions applied for the second headquarters after Amazon announced its plans in the fall 2017.

Thursday, January 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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