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Re: “Allegheny County is increasing its bus riders and cyclists, but six area state reps voted to reduce transit and bike funds

Perry Highway in McCandless used to have a route. We badly need one into downtown!

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Posted by Rebecca Mudd Lewis on 09/17/2017 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh's North Side to get protected bike lane on Allegheny Circle

Maybe you should buy a bicycle and join them. Then there will be 6! Yay!

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Posted by Ken on 09/14/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh probably isn’t in the running for Amazon’s new headquarters

When Amazon started in 1997, Seattle was a fairly sleepy town, too. They floated around town in various buildings until they grew large enough to require a few new buildings in South Lake Union, a warehouse district just north of downtown... hardly a greenfield site. They now occupy 33 buildings in the neighborhood, which is now all glass and steel high rises (and spheres).

Amazon has changed Seattle, a lot. Transportation is one of the aspects that has dramatically improved, partly in response to Amazon's growth. Prices have also skyrocketed, making Seattle a more divided city. The same would happen in Pittsburgh if it were chosen.

I believe that with CMU, affordable housing and its central location on the Eastern Seaboard, Pittsburgh would be a smart choice for Amazon. But as a long-time Seattle resident moving to Pittsburgh, I kind of hope Amazon chooses someplace else.

Posted by bambino on 09/14/2017 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh's North Side to get protected bike lane on Allegheny Circle

So fucking tired of all these bike lanes for the 5 bike riders you see every day. Pittsburgh is already congested for auto traffic and the push for bike lanes is making it terrible to move around the city. The 10th street bridge is a joke now!

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Posted by Where are the bikers to support these bike lanes? on 09/14/2017 at 12:59 AM

Re: “Angry constituents work over Pittsburgh-area Pa. Rep Daryl Metcalfe on social media after anti-Labor Day diatribe

Metcalfe is human garbage. It's such a shame that the district is so red that he won't be gone until he decides to leave on his own. I fear that even a felony conviction couldn't get him out of the seat.

That said, please, please do better at proofreading these articles. It makes us all look bad when there are multiple glaring grammatical errors that make it to publication.

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Posted by Justin Miller on 09/12/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh probably isn’t in the running for Amazon’s new headquarters

Why would the bus service at Almono be "good?"

There's NOTHING there yet? I don't understand articles that slam transit as if it is a rigid, forever state and that don't add context to things.

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Posted by Albert Maguffin on 09/11/2017 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh probably isn’t in the running for Amazon’s new headquarters

To clarify one point, Amazon is willing to consider an existing building for their first phase, but they would actually prefer a shovel-ready site. From their RFP:

"If existing buildings are available that can be retrofitted/expanded within an acceptable budget and time schedule, Amazon may consider this option; however, the company acknowledges that existing buildings may not be available to meet its requirements. As such, Amazon will prioritize certified or shovel-ready greenfield sites and infill opportunities with appropriate infrastructure and ability to meet the Projects timeline and development demands, as set forth below."

With respect to things like bus routing and a direct flight to Seattle, Amazon would presumably have to be persuaded there will be sufficient public support to make sure that sort of thing happened. But my guess is that for something like this, the necessary public officials will all be in alignment--an opportunity of this sort tends to make for strange bedfellows, because the politics of opposing a competitive bid would be bad for almost every official, regardless of their general ideological persuasion. And in fact there are already plans to increase bus service to ALMONO as it develops, and the airport has already been working on Seattle service, so really this would just be accelerating existing plans.

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Posted by Brian Tucker-Hill on 09/11/2017 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh probably isn’t in the running for Amazon’s new headquarters

Facts? Sheezz, just what the world needs, another media outlet picking and choosing "facts" and how to use them.

To help you along - you translated the impact of certain "facts" via your opinion (or agenda as it more likely appears). You honestly think bus service will be a stumbling block to Amazon coming to Pittsburgh! Come on, you're surely not being serious.

Space - those are really the only available sites you can identify? And to claim the Civic center site would not be a candidate because Amazon is not part of the original plan - is that really the type of "fact" you're basing your article on?

Why not mention the cost of living as a "fact"?

You barely mentioned CMU when it's a fact CMU is truly unique and a potential game changer that virtually no other city can remotely approach.

You look at PIT in a snapshot today? But not the available capacity and the obvious growth taking place? Do you REALLY think that if Amazon showed up in Pittsburgh no airlines would fill the west coast need?

You can defend your "work" all you want, but its "shotty" at best and appears to have a very specific agenda at worse.

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Posted by DBR on 09/11/2017 at 12:24 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh probably isn’t in the running for Amazon’s new headquarters

Thanks for reading Matt Hahn and Rhonda Deakin. Your input is always appreciated. I would like to address a few things since your comments claim we are printing falsehoods. While there might be enough space available at 525 William Penn Place for the initial Amazon move, that does not address the fact that Amazon is looking to expand that headquarter space, which would be hard to come by in Pittsburgh. Building three giant towers at Civic Arena site could happen, but that would likely go completely against the vision for that area (mixed use with a large chunk of affordable housing), worked so hard by community members in the Hill District. Churchill is also far from frequent bus service and is not pedestrian friendly, as Amazon is looking for.

Second, Pittsburgh City Paper never said Almono is a brownfield. CP stated that Amazon does not fit into the vision of Almono and the bus service there is bad. And the realities of expanding more transit service in PGH is predicated on Harrisburg allocating more funding. Given that the GOP state house just proposed millions in cuts to Port Authority, this seems very unlikely.

Much of the criticism of this article is focused on what COULD happen if Amazon chose Pittsburgh. It's pretty clear that Amazon is looking for places that are ready to offer everything upfront, not as a condition. That being said, having Amazon here would be huge and CP isn't trying to quash a deal, just reporting facts and the opinions of experts.

Best,

Ryan Deto
Staff Writer
Pittsburgh City Paper
ryandeto@pghcitypaper.com

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Posted by Ryan Deto on 09/10/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh probably isn’t in the running for Amazon’s new headquarters

Agreed ^ with Matt Hahn. Direct flights to Seattle could be negotiated with an airline because the demand would be present with HQ2.People re locate for jobs all the time so the argument that there aren't enough workers here doesn't even make sense. What about re purposing a spanking newly -built dead mall Pittsburgh Mills ? There is 200 acres right there. CMU and University of Pittsburgh and other quality schools here churn out grads that wouldn't have to leave the area to find work. Low cost of living along with Pittsburgh's vibrancy and recreation always help make a region more enticing for young people to move here. I don't want to hear about bad weather either. Seattle is just as rainy as Pittsburgh and Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit are cold, Denver gets bad blizzard conditions and the Texas , Fla, etc have hurricanes.

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Posted by Rhonda Deakin on 09/09/2017 at 7:55 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh probably isn’t in the running for Amazon’s new headquarters

So many mis truths in this I don't even know where to begin, but I'll do my best.

-the 500,000+ sq. ft. requirement for existing space is to get Amazon an immediate presence and does not need to be part of the long term project. We have that space in 525 William Penn Place, the downtown building BNYMellon abandoned a couple years ago. Also the old Westinghouse campus in Churchill.

-Re brown fields, the ALMONO site is already cleaned up, contrary to your "Blogh".

-Furthermore on the ALMONO site, the requirement for direct access to rail, train, subway/metro, bus routes. is not all inclusive. The requirement was for mass transit, not all forms of mass transit. How hard would it be to route some buses throughout there, and frequently? Not very.

-Space? A lack of space in Pittsburgh?!?! There is an abundant amount of space, and in the urban core no less. The civic arena site may "only" be 28 acres but "3 US Steel towers" could easily be built there. If that is not enough there is all the vacant lots Buncher is sitting on in the Strip, only a few blocks away. If that is still not enough, in the other direction there is the vacant lot on Grant St next to Oxford Center which is prime for a tall skyscraper. What sits between these 3 sites? The Steel Plaza subway station.

-Yes, State incentives will need to be a huge part. But to reference the Volkswagen plant? That was almost 40 years ago!!! But lets not mention the Shell cracker plant just last year in which the State played a huge and pivitol role (Thank you Governor Corbett). If there is a weak link in all of this it is Gov Wolf.

-The notion that Pittsburgh can't fill a 50,000 employee requirement. These 50,000 positions will not happen overnight, but over a 15 year period.

-Finally on the issue of the airport. True, we currently don't have a flight to Seattle. It will happen, its only a matter of time even without Amazon. If Amazon does decide on Pittsburgh then the flights will follow, and soon. If not then a revenue guarantee to the airlines will be part of the incentive package. Furthermore, such a massive corporate relocation will stimulate overall air service demand and PIT has the excess capacity to deliver - unlike airports in many of the competing cities. Any perceived issue about our airport is a nonstarter.



This baby isn't even born yet and already you are talking about nails in coffins. If there is a hinderance to Pittsburgh not landing something like this, it is not the grocery list of factually incorrect statements in your blog, it is the continued attitude of defeatism so prevalent among Pittburghers, and you are exhibit A.

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Posted by Matt Hahn on 09/08/2017 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Health professionals tell Allegheny County to make HPV vaccine mandatory

It is very clear that type replacement is occurring due to HPV vaccination -
which means rarer types replacement common types.
there are >140 types of HPV in circulation, the vaccine targets 9.
That is partial immunization, we do not know what the effects of the more common types may be. Earlier, more aggressive and deadline types of cancer?
The use of CIN as a proxy outcome means we have no idea of the net effect on real cancer rates. None. https://jameslyonsweiler.com/2016/06/29/high-risk-hpv-type-replacement-follows-hpv-vaccination/

Posted by lifebiomedguru on 09/07/2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro defends immigrant Dreamers in letter to Trump

How can I be in touch with you Mr Shapiro...I will open my home to an entire family.

Posted by Carolyn Reber on 09/05/2017 at 8:05 PM
Posted by Maggie Henry on 08/30/2017 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Hundreds participate in ‘Black Brilliance’ march in Pittsburgh to repudiate the so-called ‘alt-right’ and neo-Nazis

Extremely insignificant "protest" today. About 200, and that's a really high estimate had their little say in a small confined area of the city that is full of garbage. Pretty worthless.

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Posted by Steve Steves on 08/19/2017 at 8:54 PM

Re: “First Caturday Pittsburgh brings cats on leashes to Schenley Park

Next First Caturday is Sept. 2nd, same cat time, same cat place (1:30-4:30 p.m., by the Mary Schenley Memorial Fountain across from Schenley Plaza).

Posted by Ariel K. on 08/15/2017 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro defends immigrant Dreamers in letter to Trump

Amnesty for Dreamers has to come with strings attached, such as border wall funding, outlawing sanctuary city policies that prevent full cooperation with ICE, mandatory e-Verify for all businesses, funding to add the 15,000 new border patrol and ICE agents, and congressional clarification of birthright citizenship. The 14th Amendment must be clarified to clearly state:
"Only persons free of foreign allegiances and have pledged to support and abide by the U.S. Constitution can become United States citizens."

Posted by David Farrar on 07/29/2017 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro defends immigrant Dreamers in letter to Trump

The cost---------


$3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens, I repeat...3 MILLION a DAY to process Illegals in the Criminal justice system.

30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens. Does not include local jails and State Prisons. At
21,000 per year expense per inmate in Federal Prison---do the math.

$12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally they cannot speak a word of English.

$17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

$2.2Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP food stamps, WIC, & free school lunches for illegal aliens.

$22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year.
In 2012 illegal aliens sent home $62 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. This is why Mexico is getting involved in our politics.

http://www.wnd.com/2017/07/illegal-alien-charged-with-raping-12-year-old-girl/

http://www.illegalaliencrimereport.com/

https://cis.org/Mortensen/DACA-Granting-Amnesty-Dreamers-Committing-Crimes-While-Abandoning-Their-Victims

Shattered "DREAMS"

http://www.ojjpac.org/memorial.asp

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Posted by john michaels on 07/27/2017 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro defends immigrant Dreamers in letter to Trump

Rescind the unconstitutional edict known as DACA would be unfair to the invaders? Absurd!

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Posted by Danny Francel on 07/27/2017 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Warped Tour 2017 Q&A: War On Women

Hey that link to the wordpress isn't Safer Scenes, it's something else.
Safer Scenes can be found at:

Instagram.com/SaferScenes2017
Twitter.com/SaferScenes2017
GoFundMe.com/SaferScenes2017

Posted by Safer Scenes on 07/23/2017 at 5:25 PM

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