Forged for All? Amazon HQ2 & the Future of PittsburghHuman Rights, the Right to the City, and Equity implications of the City of Pittsburgh’s Future. Forged. For All Plan
Amazon put forward a “wish list that set off an inter-city competition to become the site of the company’s planned new headquarters. Pittsburgh was one of more than 230 cities to submit proposals. But here and elsewhere, the general public had little opportunity to discuss cities’ offers to Amazon and how this development would impact residents. Human rights and social justice activists in our community have been convening community forums where Pittsburgh residents can learn more about the likely effects of the City of Pittsburgh’s proposal to host “Amazon HQ2.” While the project would create certain kinds of jobs, would they, as leaders claim, be “forged for all”? Moreover, how will they impact Pittsburgh’s already severe affordable housing crisis, and its racial inequities, infrastructure, and public services? Panelists will also examine how people in other cities have responded to similar initiatives around the country, and discuss ways that city residents can work to ensure that planning and development better accounts for the needs of residents for affordable housing and quality public services like transit, education, and urban infrastructure.

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Campaigns-- National Activist groups put out Our HQ2 Wishlist:

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Alternative Development Strategies-- Place and People-Centered Economic Planning?