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Mon Mar 26, 2018, 03:50 PM

If Amazon came to Hazelwood

Hazelwood is faded American flags, Virgin Mary statues in the yard and Pittsburgh’s recycling plant, where mountains of discarded milk jugs, glass jars and crushed cardboard boxes wind up.

Hazelwood is also a new French bakery, test track for Uber’s self-driving cars, university robotics center and real estate speculators, snapping up properties in hopes that something big lands on the former 178-acre LTV Steel Co. site now called Hazelwood Green.
That something big could be the $118 billion e-commerce juggernaut Amazon, which is eyeing Pittsburgh for a second headquarters. And that worries some residents.

“We know something is coming, but how will it affect our daily lives?” asked Jessica Petho, 34, who grew up near the Glenwood Bridge, where the Monongahela River embraces the neighborhood in a bell-shaped curve.

“There’s a lot of anxiety. It seems like big people making big decisions that will affect everybody else.”
Pittsburgh is among 20 cities that Seattle-based Amazon is considering to build a second headquarters, eventually bringing with it as many as 50,000 jobs and a $5 billion in investment, bigger than the state of Pennsylvania’s budget. Hazelwood Green is one of the sites that city and county elected officials are touting to Amazon.


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