Open Streets Hazelwood Green

I was confused when Open Streets Pittsburgh announced that it was closing the streets in Hazelwood Green to cars and opening them to bicycles, roller skates, walkers, etc. Unlike the other locations they’ve done, not many cars use these streets and there aren’t any businesses on the site that people would come back to patronize after the festival.

However, it worked as a vehicle to increase awareness of the bike trail, plaza, and repurposed industrial buildings on the site. People who never or rarely come to Hazelwood, but come to Open Streets, came and participated. There were far more people than I’ve seen congregated in a single location since the beginning of the pandemic, which is also an exponential increase in the number of people I’ve seen in Hazelwood Green either pre-, post-, or during pandemic.

It was great to see the new plaza put to one of its intended uses as a concert venue with vendors on the paved portion. I arrived in time to grab some lunch from the tent for C&D’s Kitchen, a local Hazelwood restaurant, before finding a good seat to enjoy Jimmy Adler’s Blues Band and people watch. A young girl unconsciously stopped in her tracks to swing her hips to the music (not having the muscle coordination yet to do both). Across the green, a man kicked off his shoes to boogie on the grass.

I hope to enjoy many more such sights at events in this plaza.

3 thoughts on “Open Streets Hazelwood Green

  1. I think – within one week – you should make a proposal that Hazelwood green become the iron-battery hub of eastern america – and use the Westinghouse name to gain respect

  2. Well one week is up and I have changes to my proposal for Hazelwood Green: (1) the name Iron-air batteries, (2) a branding that readers can like or hate but at least is something more concrete: form energy and, (3) a use for Hazelwood Green (a one acre demonstration of ron-air batteries, one acre is about one megawatt capacity that does not need sun). I think iron-air batteries can be made for one-tenth the cost of lithuim-ion and iron is more widely available and Hazelwood Green is ripe for a boost. I keep the Westinghouse branding out of habit.

  3. well another two weeks have passed . . . iron-air batteries may not have the proper appeal . . . which the concept from iron-air batteries from producting competitive energy production . . . and partner with robots . . . to make competitive robots designed to undercut robots on lithuim-ion batteries . . . to robots on iron-air batteries . . . I haven’t the juice to spell ot the cost advantage . . . but iron must be competitive against lithuim?

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