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Hazelwood boundaries,

From: Jim M.
Sent on: Thursday, December 8, 2011 12:30 PM
I told Sam Strati we talked at the Planning Committed meeting last eve about the real boundary of Hazelwood being the Birmingham Bridge or even the Tenth St. Bridge @Armstrong Tunnel.   I at first thought it not worth bringing up this controversy as just us being provincial, as if Hazelwood is better than any other place.   But the lack of connection of our residents with the important educational and research activities going on at the the Pittsburgh Technology Center is part of why and how we're being marginalized.   We dream of a healthy bakery, grocery store, jobs within walking or bicycling distance,being able to feed our children and elderly healthy food grown right here, good schools also close by, etc.   We also talked about the Propel School possible at St. Stephens with sufficient support.    Sam said call Homer Craig about the boundaries, and also Bob Vavro.   Homer wasn't in, but Ursula said the boundary was Tenth, but Mayor Murphy changed it (illegally) and invented the name South Oakland which didn't exist before.   I understand, given the enormous amount of money involved in what is now Pittsburgh Technology Center, but that was where my dad worked in the mill - J&L Hazelwood.    The corporations involved now at that site would benefit from residing in a community rather than just a commercial setting.   Decisions such as de-linking the neighborhood which ingested the most pollution from those commercial activities from those who profited them is part of the reason so many in my neighborhood have atrocious educations, lack attention spans or positive aspirations, and feel lost and despairing.   We knew when the mill shut down this was momentous change, and some still think we were mistaken in opposing the governor, mayor, city council head, and property owners when they intended to build another mill at that site (some of which we know had been eminent domained).     Billy (The Bellerer, who when he had the floor HE HAD THE FLOOR) Bellas was brought up as to possibly having documentation as to Hazelwood's boundaries.   Ursula also suggested we just go down to the Court House and look at the papers.   For me the fight to overcome ignorance of how to grow food and what good food is has become a recognition that that ignorance is not able to be just labeled the moral fault of those of us whose lives have been too stressed for learning  and wisdom.    The profit motive gone awry has resulted in so much ignorance.   Take, for instance, the old Chiquita Banana ad telling us to not put our bananas in the refrigerator, as if that would make them go bad faster, when in fact Chiquita itself refrigerated bananas the whole trip from S. America...Don't get me started, e.g. about the brutal e.g. anti-union things Chiquita and others have done down there... I'm just saying we should be involved w/the tech center and they should be responsive to us.    Sam also suggested I (I suggest rather we) should write an article about it in our neighborhood newspaper.   Lucy Kennedy also was brought up as being able to contribute to the discussion of Hazelwood's legal boundaries.
Jim McCue
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