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Philadelphia releases Amazon bid, redacts about a third of it

Aaron Aupperlee
| Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, 12:06 p.m.
Downtown Philadelphia, as seen from the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Downtown Philadelphia, as seen from the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia has released its bid for Amazon's second headquarters.

Well, most of it, anyway.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the city's mayor released a “heavily redacted” version of the bid Wednesday .

“More than a third of the 108-page document released by the mayor's office Wednesday is blank,” the Inquirer reported. “Much of the unredacted material consists of background information to support the city's bid, including housing prices, descriptions of area universities and educational attainment data.”

Public officials across Pennsylvania have used the state's Right-to-Know Law to block public access to information in bids submitted to Amazon for its HQ2. Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and Pennsylvania officials have denied open records requests submitted since the Oct. 19 deadline to apply for the second headquarters. The Tribune-Review is appealing a denied open records request for information about the bid under the state's Right-to-Know Law.

Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are among six bids from Pennsylvania for Amazon's second headquarters. Nationwide, 238 bids were submitted.

The released portions of Philadelphia's bid show it offered Amazon space at two sites in University City and at the Navy Yard.

Aaron Aupperlee is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at aaupperlee@tribweb.com, 412-336-8448 or via Twitter @tinynotebook.

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