Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Up with Hazelwood This Is a Neighborhood with a Bright Future

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Up with Hazelwood This Is a Neighborhood with a Bright Future

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The question posed by the Post-Gazette's March 22 news feature "If Amazon Came to Hazelwood ..." - about the future of Hazelwood in light of Pittsburgh's bid for Amazon's second headquarters -is an important one and raises some thought-provoking questions.

Like many neighborhoods, Hazelwood faces challenges. Population loss, the demise of the steel industry and extensive disinvestment have taken a toll. However, there are few other city neighborhoods with Hazelwood's unbridled potential and incredible assets.

Nestled in a prime riverfront location, Hazelwood is in close proximity to job and education centers such as Downtown, Oakland and the Pittsburgh Technology Center. It also possesses one of the region's most desirable undeveloped parcels in Hazelwood Green (formerly Almono), where we already have seen evidence of resurgence with Uber operations and the siting there of Carnegie Mellon University's Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute. These projects could mean jobs for local residents. As outlined in a study published last year by the Brookings Institution, "Capturing the Next Economy: Pittsburgh's Rise as a Global Innovation City," this neighborhood is uniquely primed for growth and revitalization.

Perhaps nothing exemplifies the opportunity before Hazelwood more than Pittsburgh's bid for Amazon's HQ2. Of the more than 230 proposals submitted to Amazon from cities across North America, , the city's landed us in the top 20 and put a national spotlight on potential sites. I am proud to work with the mayor, Allegheny County executive, my colleagues on city council, our state legislators and nonprofit leaders across the region to attract such large 21st-century businesses as well as retail operations and service providers to support jobs, population stability and growth.

Whether or not Amazon comes to Pittsburgh, development in Hazelwood is inevitably going to occur. Hazelwood Green can become a model of responsible development if one principle is followed: Hazelwood's future must be driven by the residents of Hazelwood.

We need to respect that the current residents have a vested interest in the future of their neighborhood. …

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