NEWS RELEASE

 

For immediate release: 2004 March 10

For more information -- Glenn A. Walsh:

Daytime: E-Mail < gawalsh@andrewcarnegie.cc >

Evening: Telephone 412-561-7876

 

CARNEGIE LIBRARY TO ABANDON

HISTORIC HAZELWOOD LIBRARY BLDG. SAT. 5 PM

 

CITY IGNORES CITY RESIDENTS TO ABET SPECIAL INTEREST

                               

Pittsburgh, March 10 – “Despite the opposition of the majority of residents in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Hazelwood, Carnegie Library has announced that the historic Hazelwood Library building built by Andrew Carnegie in 1900, will close, permanently, this-coming Saturday, March 13 at 5:00 p.m.,” according to Glenn A. Walsh.

 

In a prepared statement before Pittsburgh City Council on Wednesday morning, Mr. Walsh added, “What is even more disconcerting is that the pleas of these City residents have fallen on deaf ears here in Pittsburgh City Council, despite a well-attended City Council public hearing on this issue on November 5. This confirms the fears of many, that people living in a distressed, inner-city neighborhood have no influence on Grant Street.

 

“This City Council would rather ‘bend-over-backwards’ to accommodate a special interest, a large bureaucracy in Oakland that pays no City property taxes—Carnegie Library--rather than support the wishes of the majority of taxpayers of a City neighborhood such as Hazelwood.”

 

Mr. Walsh went on to say, “Why do you think suburbanites are so against metropolitan government? This is exactly the reason. It is not a race issue. Suburban residents are afraid of losing control of their neighborhood, to a centralized government that is more interested in special interests than in the wishes of the local taxpayers.

 

“This is exactly what has happened in Hazelwood. At two well-attended public meetings, the majority of residents of Hazelwood made it quite clear that they oppose the abandonment of the historic Hazelwood Library building by Carnegie Library. Yet, this City Council looks the other way as Carnegie Library implements an agenda that has complete disregard for the wishes of the residents.”

 

Mr. Walsh concluded his remarks by saying, “The Hazelwood Library building is City property. This Council can stop the abandonment of this City building by Carnegie Library. Failure of this Council to do so will clearly show both city residents and suburbanites that residents of this City do not count, unless they are aligned with a favored special interest.

 

“Is this the image this Council wants to project? The decision is up to you!”

 

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Note to Editors and Reporters:
 
Glenn A. Walsh served as a Life Trustee, on the Board of Trustees, of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, Pennsylvania from 1995-2000, including the position of Library Treasurer from 1995-1996. The Andrew Carnegie Free Library has no direct affiliation with The Carnegie Library of
Pittsburgh. Views expressed by Mr. Walsh are his own and do not represent the views of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library.
 
 
PHOTOS & MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HISTORIC HAZELWOOD
LIBRARY:
 
Note to Editors and Reporters: Publication of these
photographs is hereby granted, with credit to
"www.andrewcarnegie.cc"
 
Hazelwood has one of the original Carnegie
Libraries. Photo of Library Front:
< http://andrewcarnegie.tripod.com/CLP-Hazelwood.JPG >
 
It opened to the public on 1900 August 15. This
building has a beautiful stained-glass dome over the
original mahogany circulation desk--Photo of Dome:
< http://andrewcarnegie.tripod.com/CLP-Dome1.JPG >
 
It also has an auditorium on the lower level which
seats about 250--Photo of Auditorium:
< http://andrewcarnegie.tripod.com/CLP-HazelwoodAuditorium2.JPG >
You can see a few more pictures of this historic
library at:
< http://andrewcarnegie.tripod.com/photoalbumCLP-branches.htm#hazel >
 
SAVE HAZELWOOD LIBRARY WEB SITE:
< http://www.savehazelwoodlibrary.org >
 
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Glenn A. Walsh
  Electronic Mail - < gawalsh@planetarium.cc >
  Internet, World Wide Web Sites -
  History of The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, Pittsburgh:
  < http://www.planetarium.cc >
  History of The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, Chicago:
  < http://adlerplanetarium.tripod.com >
  History of Astronomer and Optician John A. Brashear:
  < http://johnbrashear.tripod.com >
  History of Andrew Carnegie and Carnegie Libraries:
  < http://www.andrewcarnegie.cc >
  The Duquesne Incline, historic cable car railway, Pittsburgh:
  < http://www.incline.cc >