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Re: “Affordable-housing advocates to boycott Pittsburgh’s Whole Foods

Such a sad commentary on our society. I wonder if the prevailing attitude of boot-strapping would remain when one's fortunes were reversed. If everything were equal without a 400-year history of exclusion and privilege, I would be down with bootstrapping but that is not the current reality.
The premise of equality in Pittsburgh and our country will remain elusive as long as obstacles remain to equal opportunity and equity. Until such time, the attitude of indifference and denial will continue to impede America to reach its potential.
Gentrification and marginalization is real. If you've never been on the short end of either one, then for you ignorance and denial is a blissfull wet dream; meanwhile for others, that wet dream is a unending nightmare.

Posted by rasida7 on 08/27/2016 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Affordable-housing advocates to boycott Pittsburgh’s Whole Foods

Way back in 1910, smoky sooty Pittsburgh was the second most expensive city in the country, after New York. Then, in 1913, it adopted a land value tax and gradually became more and more affordable, until it was ranked the most affordable of the 100 largest cities (Places Rated Almanac, 1984.) It also had the smallest housing bubbles and didn't even see a real estate crash during the Great Depression.

But in 2000, after the county sabotaged land assessments and the city had to scrap its land value tax, Pittsburgh is now having its first housing bubble in nearly a century, and it's going to be a deusy.

The problem is that people don't deal with underlying economic dynamics. They just like to emote on behalf of victims so the victims will be grateful to them, even though they are not actually solving anything.

Posted by Dan Sullivan on 08/27/2016 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Affordable-housing advocates to boycott Pittsburgh’s Whole Foods

Let's be honest, it's not likely that those 300 people would have shopped at Whole Foods anyway. This will have zero impact on the grocery store.

Rasida... Hrc, Hilliary Rodham Clinton

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Posted by Happy burger on 08/25/2016 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Affordable-housing advocates to boycott Pittsburgh’s Whole Foods

Let's be honest, those 300 people likely weren't shopping at Whole Foods anyways. This will have zero impact on the grocery store.

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Posted by Concerned citizen on 08/25/2016 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Affordable-housing advocates to boycott Pittsburgh’s Whole Foods

Waldo, HRC is an acronym for...?

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Posted by rasida7 on 08/25/2016 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Affordable-housing advocates to boycott Pittsburgh’s Whole Foods

THIS IS ABOUT BUSINESS, IT DOESNT MATTER WHAT THEIR FACE LOOKS LIKE OR HOW NICE THEY ARE. THIS WAS A PRIVATE FIRM AND CAN SELL WHENEVER THEY WANT, WELCOME TO RENTING/LEASING. @UHH, I USED PLENTY OF "PERIODS" IN MY PARAGRAPH. HOW ABOUT NEXT TIME SAYING SOMETHING OF SUBSTANCE ABOUT THIS TOPIC. THESE PEOPLE THAT ARE FIGHTING THIS, ARE ACTING LIKE THEY ARE ENTITLED TO LIVE THERE, ON THE AMOUNT THEY CAN AFFORD, AND THAT IS WHY THIS COUNTRY HAS DEBT ISSUES, OUR TAXES GO TO PEOPLE WHO CHOSE A LIFESTYLE THEY CANT AFFORD. I WOULD RATHER HAVE TAX DOLLARS COMING IN FROM BUSINESSES THAN HAVING TAX DOLLARS BEING SPENT IN THE SAME PLACE FOR PEOPLE WHO CANT AFFORD TO LIVE THERE.

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Posted by WALDO on 08/25/2016 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Affordable-housing advocates to boycott Pittsburgh’s Whole Foods

It's pretty fascinating how many people here are just saying screw it. Please keep in mind what you are saying, you are actively supporting people being forcibly removed from places they do pay rent for, are in difficult circumstances varying from age to disability; however because it is a black community you don't care. The racism in this town is atrocious. Whole Foods treats their employees terribly as well. The sell of Jesus and America is totally false, people just want money and personal salvation at the cost of anyone. Humanity is shit.

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Posted by Sad pittsburgher on 08/25/2016 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Affordable-housing advocates to boycott Pittsburgh’s Whole Foods

As a social worker (yes already judge me based on this), I worked with several residents of Penn Plaza. As mentioned, they lived there for years. Very sweet, kind, grateful people. It's so disheartening to hear them be judged without ever coming into contact with their faces and knowing their stories. They never complained that their homes were being bulldozed. They simply worried about where they would go. Many of them were disabled but I suppose they don't get a say since they are disabled. Many born into poor families with little opportunity to climb up. The residents that could work DID work FULL TIME and still it was not nearly enough for them to get by. Many making min wage and supporting others family members who were unable to work. Decisions get made without meeting the people that are being affected. Judgments get passed without meeting the people that are being ridiculed. Your 1-2 'experiences' don't count nor serve as fact for how minorities should be treated. Whole foods is irresponsible with the development in certain locations, which seems like it should be AGAINST their mission. When you begin to SELECT who has the right to be in certain areas, you destroy the essence and spirit (see San Fran). Learn to live together or continue to judge thinking you are right. Sometimes people need to think about what is JUST for all. When this happens, more responsible conclusions happen.

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Posted by Liz A Beth on 08/25/2016 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Affordable-housing advocates to boycott Pittsburgh’s Whole Foods

I don't see the issue here, those that live in Penn Plaza complex have been given monetary compensation for moving. Whether that compensation is paid by the private developer or the city of Pittsburgh. That being said, this is a private developer and they can choose to do whatever they like with their property. As for those crying gentrification is the root of all evil, take a look a few decades ago where the area was a drive through redlights, don't walk the streets. This city has made many strides with becoming a major player and those that expect a handout can move out of the way.

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Posted by concernedcitizen on 08/25/2016 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Affordable-housing advocates to boycott Pittsburgh’s Whole Foods

HEY WALDO MAYBE DONALD TRUMP WILL BUY YOU A NEW KEYBOARD SINCE CLEARLY YOUR CAPS LOCK IS STUCK ON AND YOUR PERIOD KEY DOESN'T WORK.

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Posted by Uhh on 08/25/2016 at 12:24 AM

Re: “Affordable-housing advocates to boycott Pittsburgh’s Whole Foods

I was not aware of asparagus water until just now. I feel enlightened. $7 seems reasonable for delicious water that will make your pee smell funny.

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Posted by Somebody1234 on 08/24/2016 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Affordable-housing advocates to boycott Pittsburgh’s Whole Foods

East Liberty's gentrification problems are the dirty little secret Pittsburgh hates to admit it has.

I dont even live in the city anymore but it never ceases to anger and sadden me how blind many people are to all that East Liberty former residents have dealt with during renovation of this neighborhood. (Not to mention how we f**ked it up in the 40s-50s).

In grad school I did a whole advocacy project on just the B.S. of east liberty's gentrification hidden behind "everything's new and great in east liberty now, and dont worry we built 10 mixed income apts to help the over 500 displaced low income residents." And that's the problem... NEW is not innately EVIL but you also cannot paint it as "perfect mecca" and you cannot DISPLACE HUNDREDS of people and then say "it's their problem" and even if you can...you SHOULDN'T. That's NOT very hometown caring of you. If Bellevue suddenly became so expensive residents had to all move wouldn't you at least feel a little saddened for them? Then why not East Liberty?

Very few articles even touched that this revamping of East Liberty seemed to benefit high class neighbors like Shady Side residents more than East Liberty residents when it first blossomed, but I hope CityPaper continues to offer these musings.

I know the article paints a dismal view of this boycott, but the only way for things to change in this neighborhood is for Pittsburghers to get their heads out of their asses and acknowledge gentrification may rehab a neighborhood but it does it in a way that treats residents like a cancer to cut out, not like humans to grow together with.

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Posted by Cate S. on 08/24/2016 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Affordable-housing advocates to boycott Pittsburgh’s Whole Foods

HEY UHH, IF YOU CANT AFFORD TO LIVE SOMEWHERE, YOU MOVE. ITS NOT THE GOVERNMENTS RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE FOR PEOPLE WHO CANT SUPPORT THEMSELVES. SO I THINK IT IS PERFECTLY FINE TO DISPLACE PEOPLE WHO CANT SUPPORT THEMSELVES, AND BRING IN A COMPANY WHO BRINGS JOBS, QUALITY FOOD, AND TAXES TO THE LOCAL AREA. YOU WOULD RATHER TAX PAYERS SUPPORT THE PEOPLE IN THOSE COMPLEXES, THAN HAVE THE STORE THERE PAYING TAXES TO THE COMMUNITY, YOU MUST BE AN HRC SUPPORTER.

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Posted by WALDO on 08/24/2016 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Affordable-housing advocates to boycott Pittsburgh’s Whole Foods

There are programs offered to anyone with good credit to buy a house with little money down in PA. Look into PHFA keystone home loans with 4% assistance.

Not everyone gets to live where they want. I wish I could afford the west coast, but I can't. So live where I can afford.

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Posted by Eastsider on 08/24/2016 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Affordable-housing advocates to boycott Pittsburgh’s Whole Foods

"Pittsburgh was just ranked as the LEAST EXPENSIVE urban metro area to buy a house. I don't see the loss of one housing unit to renovations to be that great a sin."

What an incredibly ignorant statement. Many of the residents of Penn Plaza were senior citizens who had lived in East Liberty all of their lives. Do you know how much it costs to buy a house in East Liberty right now? You can't spit on one for less than $250,000, and that'll only buy you a run down dump that needs another $100,000 worth of work. Even at cheaper price points, the major roadblock for most people is the down payment. Buying a house is not an option for most people who work minimum wage jobs or are on a fixed income, but screw them right?! Send them to food deserts where there's no public transportation, because Whole Foods needs better parking for people who buy $7 asparagus water.

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Posted by Uhh on 08/24/2016 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Affordable-housing advocates to boycott Pittsburgh’s Whole Foods

Pittsburgh was just ranked as the LEAST EXPENSIVE urban metro area to buy a house. I don't see the loss of one housing unit to renovations to be that great a sin.

http://www.hsh.com/finance/mortgage/salary-home-buying-25-cities.html

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Posted by Anon on 08/24/2016 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Advocates are working to address problems facing LGBT prisoners.

I'm.a psych nurse who worked at the ACJ for weeks only. I almost walked out of the interview when they informed me they placed transgender inmates according to their genitals. Despicable and a human rights violation . I left there for that reason and many other issues. Please,my transgender friends, stay out of prison.
Jan Lee CH,RN
7242125974

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Posted by Jan L Lee on 08/04/2016 at 6:47 AM

Re: “OSHA closes complaint against UPMC over cleaning chemical, but expert says more testing may be needed

I work as an Evs associate I started to itch on my neck and face turning bright red and when I took a shower it burned my skin on my neck and eyelids. I started to get a rash inside of my arms where my elbows crease. I went to my doctor and he said I was having an allergic reaction. My eyes swelled and my eyelids started to flake. When I use this product my eyes burn my throat itches I get headaches and my stomach hurts. They want to use it for the whole hospital. Right now it's only in certain areas.

Posted by Gaby on 08/03/2016 at 12:32 PM

Re: “How one battleground state will factor into the upcoming presidential election

I'm glad I don't live anywhere near the northeast states. As soon as Iran builds Obamas nuke, it's coming their way. Probably 85% of attacks have been up there so the odds are pretty bad. Course THEY voted him in so rightly deserved

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Posted by Bill Angel on 08/03/2016 at 10:46 AM

Re: “The Shit List: Our guide to 10 state legislators from the Pittsburgh area who need to clean up their act

Can agree 100% with Turzai and Metcalfe being at the top.

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Posted by Beth McMaster on 07/28/2016 at 9:53 PM

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