“People have already been squeezed out of the city, away from public transit and their jobs, said Laura Wiens, a public transit activist who opposes the Amazon bid. . . . Wiens said Pittsburgh doesn’t have the protections in place to prevent significant displacement: the Housing Opportunity Fund, which will help finance low-income home ownership and rentals, but does not yet have a board; an inclusionary zoning plan, which would require affordable housing as part of new residential development, remains in the works; the Pittsburgh Land Bank will eventually be able to help keep parcels in neighborhood hands, but it’s not yet open for business. . . .
“One new tool is something Peduto is calling One Pittsburgh. . . . The idea is corporations, large nonprofits and foundations would all kick in money to One Pittsburgh to tackle the big problems facing the city, such as hunger, homelessness and the need for universal pre-K. While a working group has put a price tag on steps to address each need, exactly how much money various organizations would contribute has not yet been decided, said Peduto. But he rejected the idea that One Pittsburgh could seem theoretical.”
FULL STORY Published April 27, 2018 via 90.5 WESA FM