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Places and People in Trouble

Can America’s small cities be saved? Practioners in the fields of historic preservation, parks and recreation, and community development across the country have tried to tackle this problem. The problem runs wide and deep. For example, in Pennsylvania over 30 municipalities, almost all of which could be characterized as small cities, have been designated financially distressed. All of these places have a similar litany of problems – declining population and tax revenue, high pension and health care costs, a large inventory of blighted or tax-exempt properties, and heavy burden of municipal debt. Recent opinion pieces in the New York Times and the Washington Post have highlighted the issue, now what? Read more.

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Highway Planning on a Landscape Scale: The Next Generation

What happens when a highway project, long planned to improve the functionality of the overall transportation system, runs up against new designations that look at the value of resources on a landscape scale? How can infrastructure development manage this changing landscape? After all it does not look like this kind of thinking is going away. Read the back story and some recommendations for the future.

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Offers a Lesson in Conservation History

As Pennsylvania confronts the next massive wave of resource extraction – natural gas drilling, its citizens now have a primer on the lessons from their past owing to a recent decision from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on the constitutionality of Act 13, legislation from 2012 that sought to accommodate natural gas drilling. Learn more about what the court had to say about this controversial law.

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Credit: Brenda Barrett

Pennsylvania Hallowed Ground: A Landscape of Hope

Efforts are now underway in Pennsylvania to support the stewardship of more than 40 cemeteries where African American Civil War veterans were interred. This important project, Pennsylvania’s Hallowed Ground, builds on many years of work of by dedicated volunteers across the commonwealth. Learn more.

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First State, Lasting Impacts

Under bright blue skies on a cool spring day on the Green in New Castle, Delaware, an excited group of Delawareans and some Pennsylvanians gathered to celebrate the designation, on March 25, of the First State National Monument by President Obama. Native son, Vice President Biden, Delaware Senator Carper, Interior Secretary Salazar and NPS Director Jarvis clearly were brimming with enthusiasm for the National Monument Proclamation, which brings a National Park Service presence to Delaware for the very first time.

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Places and People in Trouble

Can America’s small cities be saved? Practioners in the fields of historic preservation, parks and recreation, and community development across the country have tried to tackle this problem. The problem runs wide and deep. For example, in Pennsylvania over 30 municipalities, almost all of which could be characterized as small cities, have been designated financially distressed. All of these places have a similar litany of problems – declining population and tax revenue, high pension and health care costs, a large inventory of blighted or tax-exempt properties, and heavy burden of municipal debt. Recent opinion pieces in the New York Times and the Washington Post have highlighted the issue, now what? Read more.

Read More »

Highway Planning on a Landscape Scale: The Next Generation

What happens when a highway project, long planned to improve the functionality of the overall transportation system, runs up against new designations that look at the value of resources on a landscape scale? How can infrastructure development manage this changing landscape? After all it does not look like this kind of thinking is going away. Read the back story and some recommendations for the future.

Read More »

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Offers a Lesson in Conservation History

As Pennsylvania confronts the next massive wave of resource extraction – natural gas drilling, its citizens now have a primer on the lessons from their past owing to a recent decision from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on the constitutionality of Act 13, legislation from 2012 that sought to accommodate natural gas drilling. Learn more about what the court had to say about this controversial law.

Read More »
Credit: Brenda Barrett

Pennsylvania Hallowed Ground: A Landscape of Hope

Efforts are now underway in Pennsylvania to support the stewardship of more than 40 cemeteries where African American Civil War veterans were interred. This important project, Pennsylvania’s Hallowed Ground, builds on many years of work of by dedicated volunteers across the commonwealth. Learn more.

Read More »

First State, Lasting Impacts

Under bright blue skies on a cool spring day on the Green in New Castle, Delaware, an excited group of Delawareans and some Pennsylvanians gathered to celebrate the designation, on March 25, of the First State National Monument by President Obama. Native son, Vice President Biden, Delaware Senator Carper, Interior Secretary Salazar and NPS Director Jarvis clearly were brimming with enthusiasm for the National Monument Proclamation, which brings a National Park Service presence to Delaware for the very first time.

Read More »