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RST: Revitalizing Our Cities

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Jul 25, 2013 5:13 PM

 What to look for on Radio Smart Talk Friday, July 26th:


The city of Detroit is a stark and extreme example of problems being faced by cities around the country. With accumulated debt and shrinking tax revenues,  the cost of maintaining services has grown. Broken streetlights are not being repaired and potholes are not being filled in.  Abandoned buildings and vacant lots abound.

Cities in our own region are looking at some similar issues. Today on Radio Smart Talk, we’ll talk to some leaders of community groups who are attempting to help revitalize their own cities.

In the early 1900’s, Harrisburg was a city of squalor, but was transformed by the City Beautiful movement. Today, City Beautiful 2.0 hopes to re-create some of the accomplishments of the original movement with grassroots volunteer efforts.  Two of the leaders, Jean Cutler, Bureau Director at Commonwealth of PA, and John Campbell, Executive Director of Historic Harrisburg Association,  will be guests on the program today.

And in Waynesboro, PA a team of volunteers has worked to transform downtown vacant buildings into Art Galleries.  Andrew Sussman, co-president of the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro, will be on the program to talk about how  Main Street can be transformed into a work of art.



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John Campbell, Jean Cutler and Andrew Sussman

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  • Weezy img 2013-07-26 20:53

    Waynseboro and Rouzerville host a time station annually for the Race Across America. See for more info on the race.
    Come on out next year to lend even more support to the race and racers.
    It's a great area and a great race -- starts in California and ends on the east coast -- comes into PA just this side of Hancock MD, has a timestation in Rouzerville, goes on to Hanover PA and then back into MD on those lovely backroads in that beautiful area of PA.
    (I lost my original post -- but I will try to revisit and post more about the race later, if anyone is interested.)
    Waynesboro and Rouzerville are great to host the one of the two time stations in PA.
    Thanks to all who help.

    oh -- the race comes thru about the 3rd week of June annually -- this was the 10th year IIRC that the race has come thru the area.